Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Emile Levassor Museum of Art/

Emile Levassor Museum of Art (pictured above)

This past First Friday featured work by graduate student Sarah Moore in the inaugural show in the new Emile Levassor Museum of Art.  The "Museum" which is comprised of a small portable tabletop room was the brainchild of our own Brad Allen, Ed Morrissey and Matt Hamon, while perhaps taking a nod from artists such as RL Tillman's Minstallation gallery project.   The "Museum" is ultimately destined to ride along inside a rally car to various locations, following in the tradition of the mobile art gallery.  The car (still in the garage) at this point will eventually make it's debut to fulfil the rest of the museums mission.   Keep an eye open in the future for the Museum, it may be parked near you soon.

RL Tillman, "Minstallation Gallery".

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Visiting Artist Jason Clark

Jason will be working on a large woodcut/monotype edition through MATRIX Press during the weeks of February 24-March 5, 2014.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Nick wroblewski

Nick Wroblewski is a woodcut printmaker based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. His work is born from the aesthetic of the Japanese masters and the imagery of the Driftless region just outside his studio window. In this video brief portrait, we meet Nick and witness the start to finish creation of his print “Sway”.
Nick Wroblewski Website (CLICK HERE)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sean Star Wars

During his week at MATRIX Press in November 2013 Sean produced a beautiful four block color woodcut entitled "BASH" (edition of 44)

Sean’s work offers the viewer a broad view of contemporary satire.   His numerous woodcuts, cut in a rough, expressive style, reflect on everything from traditional images of Americana, to kitsch, southern culture and our 
own humanness.

This event is sponsored by the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Program, with additional funding provided by MATRIX Press and The Montana Museum of Art & Culture.

"BASH" 26"x36", 4 block color woodcut (edition of 44)
Beth Huhtala, Jason Clark and Tressa Jones punching paper for registration.
The Man at work.
Talking with printmaking class.
Sean cutting key block.
Sean with finished key block.
Key block inked up.
James Bailey rolling up the magenta block.
Printing magenta block.

Jason and Beth proofing cyan block.

Magenta and cyan blocks printed together.

Tressa and Beth printing yellow block.
Magenta, cyan and yellow blocks printed.
Eva, Jason and Beth printing yellow block.
Individual block proofs.
The Rack.
Printing the key image. (First finished print off the press)
Sean with first print.
Eva, Jim, Sean, Jason, Beth & Tressa.
Eva and Beth printing final key.
A thing of beauty to behold.

I would also like to thank the great print assistants we had on this project for without their dedication and long hours this project would not have been possible. - James Bailey, Professor & Director of MATRIX Press.
Jason Clark, Tressa Jones, Beth Huhtula & Eva Stone 

Artist Statement
You know what? I love making woodcuts!  The explosive energy I put into carving a woodcut suits my energy charged, caffeine induced, aggressive approach to image making. Charles Bukowski, Ms Pacman, Phillip Guston, and Neil Blender are my main influences.  Last night I finished a new woodcut. In the morning I’ll get started on a new one. On Christmas Eve, after the kids are in bed I’ll be cutting a block, I really do love it. I don’t spend a lot of time deliberating over what to draw next. I drink a lot of Mountain Dew, so I include Mountain Dew bottles in my artwork. I like ice cream cones, hot dogs, snakes, guns, alligators, goats,  and girls, so that’s what I draw. My primary concern is to create a strong visual infused with a sense of satirical humor. In other words, I like to tell funny stories using funny pictures.
-Sean Star Wars

2008   Certificate in Graphic Design.  Savannah College of Art and Design.  Savannah, GA.
1999   M.F.A.  Printmaking.  Louisiana State University (LSU).  Baton Rouge, LA.
1996   B.F.A.  Printmaking.  Old Dominion University (ODU).  Norfolk, VA.

Permanent Collections
New York Public Library System                                                   
HF Johnson Art Museum
Amity Art Foundation                    
Philadelphia Print Center
Northern Illinois University Art Museum                                       
University of Mississippi
New Orleans Museum of Art                                                          
Iowa State University
Parsons’ School of Design                                                                           
Pratt Institute
Spencer Museum                                                                            
Kennedy Museum
University of Kansas                                                                         
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ohio University                                                                                  
Louisiana State University
Old Dominion University                                                                  
West Virginia University
Georgetown University 

Collagraph Printing (via Jack Christiansen)

Here's a video from Jack, It looks like Crocodile Dundee's older brother doing a print demo.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sean Starwars (Visiting Artist)


Ink Bandits Portfolio

Ink Bandits
Print Portfolio Exchange
This is an open theme portfolio where printmakers are welcome to use their diverse ideas to create an
edition using any traditional printmaking technique, i.e.; woodcut, intaglio, lithography, screen-print etc.
(Digital prints are not acceptable) for the second annual Ink Bandits exchange.
One print from each artist’s edition will be reserved for the collection of the University of Texas of the
Permian Basin and a second for an exhibition at Dee’s Bistro on December 18th, 2013. The full portfolio will
also be published in an online gallery at Any additional exhibitions will be
announced on the Ink Bandits web page.
Deadline: November 30, 2013
Paper Size: 11” x 14”
Edition: 16 prints (14 returned)
Fee: $20.00
Each print should be editioned and protected by a sheet of glassine or newsprint the same size as the
paper. All prints must be hand pulled and original. Please include the entry fee in your package, with
checks payable to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Prints should be shipped in a reusable
package to:
Callie Cothran
Visual Arts Building
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
4901 E. University Blvd.
Odessa, Texas 79761
Dee’s Bistro
622 N Lee Ave
Odessa, Tx 79761
Opening Reception: December 18th, 2013
December 18th-20th, 2013
If you have any questions you can contact Mario Kiran at
Please include the following information with your package:
Title of Print:
Enclosed Fee: $20 (cheque/cash)