Last Saturday, Roy Nydorf, the esteemed director of Guilford’s printmaking and drawing programs, brought his Etching class and a few extra printmaking students from past classes to Meredith College in Raleigh for a private tour of an international, invitational printmaking exhibition titled “Pull”. I was lucky enough to tag along and gain inspiration from both the amazing examples of printmaking at its best, as well as the wise advice of Roy.
The show features 23 artists, including Roy, from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., who were featured in the second edition of Printmaking: A Complete Guide to the Materials and Processes, by Bill Fick and Beth Grabowski, published by Prentice Hall (2015). In Roy’s own words, he describes the exhibit as “cutting edge”, and I couldn’t agree more. For anyone interested in printmaking, this show is a must-see, based not only on the impeccable quality of the work, but also the variety of printmaking processes and techniques included in the collection. 3-D printed objects! Letterpress work! Intaglio! Large scale woodcuts on canvas! Etc.! Etc.!
Roy has two pieces in the show, as pictured at the top of this article. The piece to the left is a 2-plate color etching with à la poupée titled Grey Kitty. The piece to the right is a 3-plate with à la poupée titled Emma.
While strolling the gallery, Roy shared with us how his connections with friends and colleagues in the art world made it possible for his work to be featured in the textbook and included in the exhibit. He stressed to us the importance of networking as an artist, which includes gaining contacts with other artists and maintaining the visibility of our work. Roy stated, “that’s how things happen, and that’s how luck happens, and that’s how fortune happens.” I really appreciated his advice as I looked around the gallery and knew that he hoped we all end up on walls such as these someday.
“Pull” will be up until Sunday, March 27, located in the Frankie G. Weems Gallery of Meredith College. The gallery is open Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat and Sun, 2–5 p.m. (Closed on College holidays).
Below, I have included a few pictures of our gallery tour, but pictures cannot fully capture the true quality of the work. You’re just going to have to make a day trip and see it for yourself!
P.s. While at Meredith, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to check out their art department set-up. It was very impressive, but luckily I don’t think anyone plans to transfer 😉