Archive for February, 2014

Steamroller Prints!! at UW-Manitowoc, July 21 – 25, 2014

February 18, 2014

REALLY BIG PRINTS!! A “Steamroller Printmaking Event”  and exhibition organized by Berel Lutsky – UW Manitowoc, Ben Rinehart – Lawrence University, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and the Rahr-West Art Museum.

The City of Manitowoc has graciously donated the use of the steamroller (and driver) for a special 5-day printmaking event in late July 2014 and agreed to mount an exhibit of the prints at the city’s Rahr-West Art Museum. Artists are invited to prepare and bring a large-scale relief matrix and print an edition of large relief prints. Accomodations are available in town or, you and your team can camp on the UW-Manitowoc grounds. Some materials will be provided during the event. The culmination of this project will be an exhibition of the prints at the Rahr West Art Museum for the month of August 2014 and then at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Details for the Event

Dates: A maximum of 45 artists can be accommodated. Printing dates are July 21 – 25, 2014 (the 28th and 29th can be added if need be.) We will be printing under tents set up in the parking lot of the UW-Manitowoc campus. Inside studio space will be available for paper prep, print drying and print storage. Steamroller will be available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Prep work/clean-up can continue as early or late as need be. Exhibit opening will be on Sunday, August 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Image/Paper Size: A block measuring 36” x 60” x .75” (maximum size) must be used for printing. Paper will be cut to the exact size of the blocks + 2” to facilitate easier printing and display of the prints. Blocks smaller than 36” x 60” will need shims to hold them in the template. Each person is responsible for their matrix/matrices. Any blocks with a non-standard thickness (larger than .75”) must be cleared with the event organizer in advance. We are asking each participant to have their matrix nearly complete upon arrival for quicker turn around. Printing schedule will be arranged so that several teams will be working at a time.  Some help will be available, but plan to bring along enough hands to help you print.
Ink & Paper:  Black Ink and possibly some colors (donated by Akua/Speedball) and some paper will be available for the final prints and proofing.  Details of available papers and ink will be provided to participants as they become available.   If you will have other paper/ink that you would like to use for the edition, please be prepared to bring it along. Some large rollers, ink modifiers, clean up materials, slip sheets and a print drying set-up will be provided for the duration of the event.
Edition Size: We anticipate that an edition of least five prints will be created per participant. One print will be donated for the purpose of the exhibition and for archives.
T-Shirt: Matrix and ink will be provided, bring your own shirts.
Exhibition: One print from each participant will be donated and showcased in an exhibition at the Rahr West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin August 2014. Prints will be hung “au naturel” using magnets. The prints will then move to the display area of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers WI, where they will stay through the close of the annual Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum “Wayzgoose” conference in early November. The print used for the shows will become the property of the organizer and may be used for future exhibitions. Please let us know if your institution or affiliation is interested in hosting an exhibition.

Participant Registration

The Registration Form must be filled out and sent to the organizers for each participant in advance of the event. This will be considered a statement of your interest in participation. Confirmation of your participation  must be complete by June 1, 2014, to enable the scheduling of your printing session. Each participant should receive their scheduled printing times by June 8. We are planning for a maximum of 45 slots, participation and scheduling will be on a “first come first served basis.”

Travel & Accommodations

Hotels: Corporate Rates will be given at the (hotel TBD) for this event. Please mention the “Steamroller Printmaking Event” when making reservations. *Book your room early as this is tourist season for eastern Wisconsin! (We are working on this, participants will be notified when we have an arrangement)
Camping: Tents and small RV’s (no water or electrical hook-ups) are welcome to camp on the UW-Manitowoc grounds. Access to bathrooms, and showers will be provided from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. Portable toilets will be available throughout the day as well.
Funding: Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorships, PD funding or grants. Organizers are seeking some local business participation, as well as some corporate in kind and and private sponsorship opportunities. These will be shared as they develop.
Extend Your Stay: Participants in “Really Big Prints!!” are invited to extend their experience with a day of letterpress printing at the  Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum! Cost will be $150 per participant follow the link to contact them directly.
HWT&P Museum Logo

Contact Information

Berel Lutsky, Associate Professor of Art

University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc

705 Viebahn Street

Manitowoc, WI 54220-6699

920 683 4735

Benjamin D. Rinehart, Associate Professor of Art

Lawrence University

Wriston Art Center

711 E. Boldt Way, SPC-01

Appleton, WI 54911


Organizer Biographies

Berel Lutsky was born in Buffalo NY and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BS in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from UW Madison, and his MFA in studio art with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from UW Milwaukee. He taught at several UW Colleges, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carroll University in Waukesha, and the Avni Institute in Israel. In addition to his formal education he has worked as a printer at the “Fishy Whale Press” in Milwaukee WI, the Tel Aviv Artist’ House Printshop, and has presented workshops and done residencies at the Jerusalem Print  Workshop. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and is in public and private collections in Israel, Belgium, Japan and the US. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at UW-Manitowoc where he teaches drawing, design, photography, printmaking, and painting.
Benjamin D. Rinehart specializes in multimedia images with a strong focus on printmaking, book constructions, painting and drawing. His socially charged work is a part of many public and private collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ben received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Herron School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has taught in New York & New Jersey at Pratt Institute, Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Long Island University, Fordham University, FIT, and Manhattan Graphics Center. He has continued to teach as a visiting artist at various institutions around the country like the Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Brookfield Craft Center and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Ben is the author of a book titled, “Creating Books & Boxes.” For examples of his work and teaching schedule visit

Cooperating Organizations/Sponsors

Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum

Rahr-West Art Museum

City of Manitowoc


Lawrence University

Akua/Speedball Art Products Co.


Berel Lutsky

Associate Professor of Art

UW Manitowoc

Office: 920 683 4735


CALL-Student Print Exchange and Exhibition, Due: March 21‏

February 11, 2014


The First WVU Print Club Exchange and Exhibition


All print processes accepted

All submitted prints will be collected and redistributed for the portfolio exchange


PAPER SIZE: 11”x10”



INCLUDE: Name, Title, School, Return Address with the printed edition



School of Art and Design

1 Fine Arts Drive

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV 26506



Joseph Lupo
Associate Professor of Art
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Printmaking Program Coordinator
School of Art and Design
West Virginia University