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Steamrolled art prints now on display in Old Central City

November 18, 2018
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Printmaking students with the Marshall University School of Art and Design conduct their steamroller printing press project on Nov. 4 in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — They have been carved, steamrolled and now they are hanging for all to see.

The Marshall University School of Art and Design’s steamroller printmaking project art is now hanging at the Alias14W “experimental community art space” located at 720 14th St. W., Huntington.

The artworks, which were printed on fabric and paper, will be on exhibition from Saturday, Nov. 17, through Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Alias14W.

There will be a closing reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25.

Part of an upper-level class called relief printmaking, in the MU printmaking program, the project was organized by Sarah McDermott, assistant professor of printmaking in the School of Art and Design. The work was carried out by students Katy Adams, Tyler Adkins, Paige Bowen, Adriana Carpenter, Kelsea Helmick, Savannah Hunter, Sarah Kennedy, Sa-Rai Robinette, Casey Smith, Madi Spangler, Jessica Sturgell, Emily Thrain and Kylie Woodford.

For the project, the art students interviewed faculty members and graduate students in Marshall University’s College of Science and made their designs inspired by research being done in the natural sciences or social sciences.

Students then carved 4-by 4-foot woodcuts, which were printed Nov. 4 with the use of a pavement roller donated by West Virginia Paving Inc., in the parking lot between INTO Center and Gullickson Hall on the Marshall campus.

While normally students choose their own topics for making their art, for this project McDermott thought it would be interesting to do some cross-pollination with the MU College of Science after chatting with Chairman David Mallory.

“I think this is a great cooperative effort between our two departments,” Mallory said. “The visualization of science by artists is exciting and can lead to practitioners of both disciplines seeing each other with new eyes.”

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