The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, in partnership with the Department of Art at Appalachian State University, is hosting a Steamroller Print Fest on Oct. 5. Activities will take place at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and will include the afternoon Print Fest with printing, print demonstrations, a variety of printmaking kiosks, food, live music and more. An evening gallery talk will kick-off the Downtown Boone First Friday Art Crawl. These events are free and open to the public. On Saturday, a printmaking workshop for Appalachian State students will take place on the campus in Wey Hall. The public is invited to observe the workshop; however, space is limited.
According to event organizer Professor Scott Ludwig, “Print Fest is a community celebration that will highlight ‘all things print.’ For many, printmaking is something of mystery, even though it is so pervasive in our visual culture. This event was conceived to run parallel to the ‘Sustained Ingrain’ woodcut show that is currently on exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.”
Friday, Oct. 5, from 12 to 5 p.m. | Turchin Center for the Visual Arts back parking lot
Print Fest will feature live demonstrations of a vast array of techniques used in creating prints, including screen-printing, wood and linoleum block printing, 3D printing and CNC engraving, tintype portraits, buttons made from tiny prints, and even a kids’ print-stamping booth. Speedball Art products will also be on site making prints on their new line of printmaking presses. The highlight of Print Fest will be large-format, steamroller woodblock printing. In the weeks leading up to the event, students from Appalachian State University and Guilford College are preparing large 3’ x 6’ print block designs that will be inked and layered at the Print Fest. The steamroller will then power up and roll over the layers to create the colossal prints.
There will be items for sale. Participants can pick a design, buy a T-shirt (or bring their own clothing item) and have it printed while they watch. There will also be raffles throughout the day with chances to win some cool, print-themed prizes.
Print Fest is a fundraiser for the Art Department’s Print Club, Studio Art Photography Area programming, AIGA/Graphic Design, and travel-related scholarships.
Print Fest is sponsored by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University Art Department, the Art Department Printmaking Area and the College of Fine & Applied Arts. Special thanks to the Plemmons Student Union and the Physical Plant for the assistance with this event, and to Speedball Art Products for the very generous donation of printmaking inks, paper and other supplies.
Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. | Turchin Center Galleries A and B
Scott Ludwig, Professor of Art at Appalachian State University, Katy Collier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Guilford College and Justine Sanz from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop will discuss printmaking. The talk will take place in the galleries housing the exhibition, “Sustained Ingrain: Contemporary Woodblock Prints from East to West,” which features woodblock prints from 12 artists from China and 12 artists from North America, guest curated by Scott Ludwig and Liu Jing, Professor at Changsha Normal University, Hunan Province, China. Participants are encouraged to stay for the Downtown Boone Art Crawl and to mingle in the Turchin Center’s seven galleries while enjoying refreshments, live music by Nate Harris and a cash bar.
Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Wey Hall Print Shop, Room 130
John Amoss from the University of North Georgia will lead Appalachian State University printmaking students in a Japanese-style Mokuhanga woodcut workshop. The public is welcome to observe the workshop. For information about the printmaking workshop, please email [email protected]. For more information visit tcva.org.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin, fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The largest facility of its kind in the region, the center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center presents multi-dimensional exhibits and programs and is a dynamic presence in the community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Its galleries host changing exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues. through Thurs. and Saturday, and 12 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays. Admission is always free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For general inquiries, to be added to the mailing or e-news list, to obtain donor program details or to schedule a tour, call (828) 262-3017, e-mail [email protected] or visit tcva.org. The Turchin Center can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.
The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: High Country 365, High Country Radio, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9 and WASU 90.5FM.