In conjunction with a showcase selection of “Really Big Prints” now on display at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is a street roller demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The demonstration will take place at the Weidner Center’s rear canopy entrance by Jean Weidner Theare (across from Theatre Hall and Studio Arts, Green Bay Campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay).
Really Big Prints is a unique event that started on the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (then UW-Manitowoc) in 2014. It involves artists from across the country joining together to create limited edition relief prints so large they require a street roller to transfer ink to the paper. UW-Green Bay facilities will be donating the street roller for the Friday demonstration which is open to the public.
Relief printing is the process of rolling ink onto a block where recessed areas have been created and are ink free. The inked surface is brought into firm contact with the paper to create the print.
A showcase of the prints from the 2014 and 2016 Really Big Prints events are on display now in the Balcony Lobby (third floor of the Weidner Center) through the end of October. The display can be viewed before all public Weidner Center performances and on Friday, Sept. 27 during the street roller public demonstration times, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Simultaneously, a Really Big Prints exhibit from 2018 is on display at the Aylward Gallery at UW-Oshkosh, Fox Valley, with a closing reception Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all of these events.
Really Big Prints is a collaboration between art professors at three colleges and universities. It is planned and organized by Prof. Berel Lutsky (Art, UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus), Assistant Prof. Katie Ries (Art, St. Norbert College) Associate Prof. Benjamin D. Rinehart (Art, Lawrence University, Wriston Art Center). The Really Big Prints team received the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Friends and Advocates Award in 2017.
Really Big Prints will be returning to the Manitowoc Campus, July 8-11, 2020. Applications open at the start of October 2019. There will also be a summer course offered on the Manitwooc Campus, Art 470-Oversize Relief Printing.