ReThink Ink Part I installation view.
reThink INK: 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio
A celebration of Boston printmaking studio
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross will present "reThink INK: 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio," an extensive collection of work created at the Mixit Print Studio. The studio, a Boston-area printmaking cooperative founded in 1987, is located in the former Mixit Soap Factory. The Cantor Gallery will present the work in two sections throughout the fall semester, extending into January. The first installation will be on view from August 23 - October 26, and the second installation, opening November 7, will remain in the gallery until January 31, 2014.
First shown at the Boston Public Library during the summer of 2012, the exhibition highlights one of Boston's premier intellectual and artistic printmaking communities. The collection includes a special portfolio of prints assembled to commemorate the studio's 25th anniversary; a selection of works juried by Karen Shafts, Assistant Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public Library; and several installation/three-dimensional pieces that incorporate printmaking techniques into their construction.
The juried and installation work will be divided between the two installations, while the portfolio pieces will be on display for the entire run of the exhibition.
"reThink INK" was organized by Randy Garber, Jane Goldman, and Catherine Kernan, partners of the Mixit Print Studio. Serving as an influential resource for greater Boston area artists, the organizers state that the Mixit Studio "has served as crossroads, meeting place, intellectual and artistic fomenting pot," with old hand to neophyte, "benefiting from the casual sharing of technical expertise, the spacious, well-equipped facility, and the supportive community spirit of the studio."
Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, says there is an interesting mix of themes and ideas evident in the work. "The show is a fantastic representation of contemporary print-making at its finest and I think you can see the collaborative nature of the Mixit Print Studio influencing the artists in a good way."
Hankins is pleased to have the opportunity to bring "reThink INK" to the Worcester area, particularly since the work of Susan Schmidt, professor of visual arts at Holy Cross is included in the exhibition. "Susan has taught printmaking courses here for many years and is an active and accomplished artist and printmaker who has inspired students to explore this medium," says Hankins.
A series of public lectures, tours and demonstrations will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition. Please visit the Cantor Art Gallery's website for complete details as they become available.
Opening Reception, Part I: Wednesday, September 11, 5 - 7 p.m.
Introductory remarks by Mixit Studio partners Randy Garber, Jane Goldman and Catherine Kernan
Opening Reception, Part II: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5 – 8 p.m.
Opening Talk by Catherine Kernan, 5 – 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Heddi Vaughan Siebel
Wednesday, October 2, Noon - 1 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talk by Jan Arabas
Monday, October 21, Noon - 1 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talk by Ilana Manolson
Thursday, October 24, Noon - 1:00 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Opening Reception, Part II
Thursday, November 7, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talk by Catherine Kernan at 5:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Jane Goldman
Wednesday, November 13, Noon - 1 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talk by Randy Garber
Friday, November 15, Noon - 1 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
Gallery Talk by Joel Janowitz
Monday, November 25, 1 - 2 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery
reThink INK artist
This program was supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.