Στα πλαίσια του Προγράμματος «Αναμόρφωση Αναβάθμιση Προπτυχιακού Προγράμματος Σπουδών της Ανωτάτης Σχολής Καλών Τεχνών ΕΠΕΑΕΚ ΙΙ, η Επιτροπή Ερευνών και ο Τομέας Χαρακτικής της ΑΣΚΤ διοργανώνουν εργαστηριακά σεμινάρια για τους φοιτητές των εργαστηρίων χαρακτικής της Σχολής.
Project: α) Χαρακτική και Σύγχρονη Τεχνολογία
β) Νέες μέθοδοι χαρακτικής φιλικές προς το περιβάλλον

Υπεύθυνη του Προγράμματος: Βίκυ Τσαλαματά - Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια
Συντονισμός και οργάνωση: Βίκυ Τσαλαματά - Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια


 


 

SUMMARY STATEMENT OF THE WORKSHOP (by Bernice Ficek-Swenson)

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Exhibitions, Publications & Awards

WORKSHOP Β΄

Στα πλαίσια του Προγράμματος «Αναμόρφωση Αναβάθμιση Προπτυχιακού Προγράμματος Σπουδών της Ανωτάτης Σχολής Καλών Τεχνών ΕΠΕΑΕΚ ΙΙ, που αφορά στο Εργαστήριο Χαρακτικής με θέμα: «Χαρακτική, Σύγχρονη Τεχνολογία και Χαρακτική, Τεχνικές μη Τοξικές Φιλικές προς το Περιβάλλον, εκπονήθηκε το 2ο κατά σειρά Workshop . Συνεργάτης στο πρόγραμμα ήταν η κα Bernie Ficek Swenson, ερευνήτρια, καθηγήτρια Χαρακτικής στο Πανεπιστήμιο Winscosin - River Falls, Η.Π.Α.
Η κυρία Bernie Ficek Swenson, αποδέχθηκε την πρόσκληση και πραγματοποίησε Workshop στον χώρο του Εργαστηρίου Χαρακτικής της ΑΣΚΤ με ομάδα 20 φοιτητών του Εργαστηρίου Χαρακτικής.
Θέμα του Workshop: Polymer Photogravure : Intaglio Solarplate - Chine Colle.
Διάρκεια workshop 15 - 24 Μαρτίου 2005
Υπεύθυνη προγράμματος: Βίκυ Τσαλαματά, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια



SUMMARY STATEMENT OF THE WORKSHOP BY BERNICE FICEK - SWENSON

This special program, the Programme for the Development of the Curriculum of the Athens School of Fine Arts, financed by the European Union and the Greek State is very meaningful as it covers a printmaking movement sweeping the US and Western world: the use of less toxic approaches and materials in printmaking. The focus of this workshop was the introduction of polymer plates ("solarplates"). These plates are etched with water rather than acid, making them safer to use. Considering the most of the technical material was presented for the first time to the faculty and students, I felt the workshops were especially successful. A variety of methods of plate development were demonstrated and tried by faculty and students.

I began the workshop with a general overview of image possibilities and techniques. Students and faculty where shown approximately 75 black /white and color prints of my personal work, work from my personal collection and prints created by my students at University of Wisconsin – River Falls. During this initial introduction I also discussed my personal development as an artist using both copper and polymer photogravure processes and my professional background. Following this introduction we began exploring a broad range of artistic possibilities including: direct drawing on plates, drawing with china ink and printmaking ink on mylar, use of digital film transparencies (gelatins) and paper copier transparencies. Aspects of printing the plates, types of ink, ink modification, types of paper, changes on the plates were covered through the workshop. I’m excited to note that many test plates of each process were investigated by students and faculty of very handsome final prints were completed.

A main focus of this workshop was to introduce to the faculty and students photographic possibilities in printmaking using polymer plates. This is one of my specialties. Thus, a number of days were spent in the darkroom working individually with both faculty and students experiencing specific darkroom techniques, and materials. This will allow student and faculty to explore polymer photogravure printmaking (Photogravure is a marriage of etching and photography began in the 19th century as a means of creating photographs with great sensitivity and archival quality.) The use of a densitometer, an instrument used for the measurement of gray scale in photographic film, was also introduced and practiced during the workshop.

In the final workshop day I demonstrated two chine colle’ techniques, traditional wheat paste and polymer approaches, along with a discussion of application of glues and appropriate printing papers. Students prints, as well as my own photogravure plate, were used for these demonstrations.

One of the most wonderful benefits of this workshop is the video footage filmed by a professional filmmaker of the entire workshop. The two DVD's that will be made into educational documents will be housed permanent at the Library of the Athens School of Fine Arts. I am very excited that this permanent record of the workshop will be of continued use and resource to the students and faculty. In the near future visual and written information of the events of the workshop are being added to the ASFA webpage as well.

In addition to the technical achievements in the print studio, there was a very fine interaction and communication between faculty, students, myself and my assistant, Cara Benedetto. It needs to be noted that Cara and the students "hit it off". One example of this exchange is that we attended the reception of the Impressit exhibition of 3 second diploma students, Tassa Hazokopou, Eva Vasdeki, Ine’s Piquezor at the Gallery of Technochoros of the Union of Greek Printmakers in Athens. It was a pleasure to experience and talk to each young artist about her work and to know that each will continue working with solarplates under a printmaking grant.


I was also very pleased that the printmaking department invited me to add my photogravure print from a new series, Pyre to the Permanent Collection of the Athens School of Fine Arts. I consider this a very prestigious collection and am honored to be part of the long tradition of this collection. As a final note in this documentation of my workshop, I’d like to add that there was a rewarding exchange of friendship and professional knowledge and experiences that took place between Vicky Tsalamata and Mary Schina, faculty members of ASFA Print Studio and myself.


Bernice Ficek - Swenson
Professor of Art, Department of Printmaking
University of Wisconsin - River Falls, USA

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Bernice Ficek - Swenson
Professor of Art (Selected Vitae)
University of Winsconsin -
River Falls


Museum Exhibitions

2001 "Photogravure, Photographs In Ink", Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis,
MN
2001 "Third Minnesota National Print Biennial", Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1998 North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
1998 "Women in the Collection", Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2002 Anchor Graphics Gallery, Chicago, ILL
2001 Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (Two - person)
1998 Jon Oulman Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (Two - person)
1997 A.I.R. Gallery, NYC

Group Exhibitions

2004 &02 "Ucanny Visions, Contemporary Romantic Landscapes",
Plains Art Center, Fargo, ND and the Phipps Art Center, Hudson, WI
2003 "Solarplate Revolution", Traveling Exhibition and Portofolio, Southern Graphics Conference, Boston, MA, Whitney Art Works, Long Island, NY, BCB Art, Hudson, NY, Gray Gallery, Quincy University, ILL
2003 "Art and Identity", University of Wisconsin – Stout, Women’s Conference (Four -person exhibition)
2002 Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AR
2001 "Minnestota Photographery", Minnetonka Center For The Arts, MN
2000 Mid - America Print Council Invitational Exhibition, St. Cloud, MN

Grants and Awards

2003 Polaroid Corporation Materials Grant, Cambridge, MA
2001 Junor’s Award, "Third Minnesota National Print Biennial", Frederick Weisman Art Museum, MN
1998 Polaroid Corporation Materials Grant, Cambridge, MA

Guest Artist

2004 Artist in Residence, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, ILL: two -week print residency: photogravure
2003 Panel Participant, UW -Womnen's Studies Conference, "Art & Identity", UW - Stout, WI
2001 Artist Talk, Photo Council, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
2001 "New Frontiers in Printmaking", Panelist, Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1999,98,96 Photogravure print project, Renaissance Press, Hindsale, NH
1997 Visiting Artist Lecture, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Teaching Experience and Workshops

2004 Wisconsin in Scotland, Fall Semester, Dalkeith House, Edinburg, Scotland
2004-1997 Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI

Publications

2005 The Polaroid Book, Selection From the Polaroid Collections of Photography, Taschen, (hardcover) 2005
2002 "Uncanny Visions, Contemporary Romantic Landscapes", exhibition catalog, Phipps Art Center, Hudson, WI, Fall, 2002
2001 "Printmaking In the Sun", Dan Weldon & Pauline Muir, Watson - Guptil, chapter on photogravure
2001 "Photogravure, Photographs in Ink", exhibition catalog, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls, MN
1997 "The Best of Printmaking: AnInternational Collection", Rockport Publisher's, hard cover edition

Permanent Collection

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art Photography Collection, Minneapolis, MN
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Paine Webber & Assoc., Minneapolis, MN
Piper, Jaffray, Hopwood Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, MA
Renaissance Press Hinsdale, NH
University of North Dakota Fine Art Collection, Grand Forks, ND
US Bank, Minneapolis, MN
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, Brunswick, New Jersey

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