ROCK, PAPER, PRESSURE showcases lithographs by the eight students in Tamarind’s one-year intensive Printer Training Program, and the resulting lithographs from collaborations with eight UNM’s Department of Art and Art History students. The exhibition will be in the Tamarind gallery, and works will be available for purchase, Monday - Friday, 9-5, April 26 through May 10. The public is invited to an opening reception on April 26 from 5-7.
Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. Students come from around the world to supplement their backgrounds in lithography and master the art of collaborative printmaking. During the first semester, students receive technical direction from Tamarind Education Director, Rodney Hammon, while they complete a business course taught by Tamarind Director, Marjorie Devon. Topics such as marketing, finance, law, and shop management in context of a print studio are addressed in this course. Beginning in January, the students become “master printers” as they collaborate with art students in UNM’s Department of Art and Art History. According to Devon, “Tamarind has the only educational program in the world that focuses specifically on the unique relationship between printer and artist as they combine their skills to create lithographs.”