Printmaker comes to YSU

Artist Nicole Hand will do a weeklong open studio at Youngstown State University as part of the Red Press Collaborative.

The collaborative is a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at YSU and within the Mahoning Valley. A limited edition print incorporating various printmaking methods is created through the collaboration between a visiting guest artist of international scope assisted by YSU art students.

Hand is a professor of art at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., where she teaches printmaking, bookbinding and drawing. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 200 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.

Themes of maternity, reproduction, femininity, closure, transitions and correspondence are apparent in her work, while the techniques of printmaking and bookbinding complement her image development and need for repetition. She received her master’s degree in printmaking from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

Her studio in room 4025 of Bliss Hall will be open to the public from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Oct. 19, and visitors may stop by any day during that week and watch the printmaking process.

She also will give a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free.

YSU art students will collaborate with Hand to produce a limited edition Intaglio print. Printing will take place throughout the week, and prints, which are $125, will be pre-sold during the event. All proceeds from the print will support students of the YSU printmaking program, the Red Press Collaborative program and a student study abroad this summer in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information, call 330-941-2307.