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Contemporary prints on display at Atrium Gallery through Dec. 17 (Released: 11/19/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Images depicting mysterious narratives and works investigating social and political issues are among prints on display at the University of Connecticut's Atrium Gallery in the Fine Arts Building through Dec. 17.

"Printwork" presents the work of eight contemporary artists who find the print medium a vital means of communicating their ideas. Inventive visual vocabularies are explored through the use of traditional and new techniques in intaglio, relief, lithography and mixed media printmaking. The show is curated by Gus Mazzocca, professor of art, and Laurie Sloan, associate professor of art.

On Dec. 4 Lynne Allen, one of the artists whose work is on display, will give a lecture on her work at 4 p.m., in Room 107, in the Fine Arts Building.

"We were hoping that the range of approaches would be beneficial to the art students," says Sloan. "We hope they can relate the artists’ efforts to their own investigations in the printmaking media."

Sloan says there are several mixed media approaches which will allow students to see the possibilities of working within as well as outside traditional techniques.

Each artist has distinguished himself or herself nationally and internationally. The artists are: Ronald Abram, Lynne Allen, Sarojini Jha Johnson, David Johnson, Leslie Koptcho, Hilary Lorenz, Phyllis McGibbon, and Roy Nydorf.

McGibbon is an associate professor of art at Wellesley College. She has a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Allen is an associate professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and associate director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. She has a master of fine arts degree from the University of New Mexico, a master of arts degree from the University of Washington, and a master printer certification from the Tamarind Institute.

Abram, an assistant professor in the art department at Dennison University, received a master of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pa., and Rome, Italy.

Koptcho, an assistant professor of art at Louisiana State University, received a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art.

Nydorf, a professor of art at Guilford College, received a master of fine arts degree from Yale University.

Lorenz teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a master of fine arts degree and master of arts degree from the University of Iowa.

David Johnson, who teaches in the art department at Ball State University, received a master of fine arts degree from Miami University.

Sarojini Jha Johnson, an associate professor of art at Ball State University, received a master of fine arts degree from Miami University.

The Atrium Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.