Two printmaking professors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Department of Art—in collaboration with Bay Area artists and youth groups—will be using a two-ton steamroller to press seven-foot-long woodcarvings covered with cloth for “Carving Through Borders,” a printmaking event to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in San Franciscos Mission District outside Paul Mullowney Studio, 931 Treat Avenue.
The art is focused on the theme of migration, and will be part of the 42nd annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference, and open to the public. The faculty members, Holly Greenberg and Dusty Herbig—along with six graduate and three undergraduate students—are collaborating with me and Culturestrike to coordinate this event.
Thanks to the sustainability of cloth, the project will endure over years and have exposure beyond the walls of galleries.” Engaging the Community The first exhibition of the prints will be held on the SU campus at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, hosted by the school’s Program for the Advancement of Research in Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).
The prints will be on display in the atrium of Eggers Hall, and the subject of a public lecture. The artwork will also be exhibited in San Francisco art galleries; dates and locations to be announced. Greenberg is excited to bring the steamroller print studio—which has been an annual happening on SU’s Shaw Quad for the past six years—to San Francisco.
“During ‘Carving Through Borders,’ we will be engaging community members and conference attendees to watch, participate, and ask questions,” she says. “They can meet the artists, learn about the process of printmaking, and talk about migration and what it means to them. Conversation leads to awareness, which is the first step to change.” To set the groundwork for the March event, Greenberg traveled to San Francisco in December and held a workshop for participating artists and youth groups. She discussed the history of the woodcut as a means for social change in the Mexican Revolution, and the work of contemporary artists using the medium.
“Not only are youth learning technique, graphic skills, drawing, and printing methods, but they will contribute to the discussion on the issues of migration, and express their own ideas through a visual medium,” Greenberg says. “The topic of migration is the foundation of who we are as a country.” "Carving Through Borders" is sponsored by CultureStrike, Imagining America, McClain's Printmaking Supplies, Gamblin Inks, Lowe's, Home Depot, PARCC, SU's University College, the VPA Dean's Office, VPA's Office of Research and Graduate Studies, VPA's Department of Art and VPA's printmaking program. More information about the event can be found on Facebook.