My last day at the residency.
Frank and Ellen only ask their residents for one thing — to do something with the community. I had been looking into local universities (there are many) and their print studios. We contacted Christopher Thomas at UNC-Greensboro (UNC-G) and he was kind enough to let me visit Monday morning and engage in some Tamarind talk. UNC-G is a beautiful school next to an amazing museum, the Weatherspoon, that has an enormous collection of works on paper and a spacious gallery space for changing exhibitions.
I woke up the students with my (apparently) quite animated talk about Tamarind — what we do and how we do it. I’m sure most of these undergrads had never even thought about collaborative lithography. They were a great audience with good questions, and I had a lot of nice conversations afterwards. I got to talk about press maintenance with their adjunct litho teacher, Rob Igoe, and see some of the undergrad’s works in progress. Rob was a UNC-G graduate himself and his litho teacher was the Tamarind trained John Maggio, who has recently retired.
One of the MFA students, Topher, showed us his studio on the upper floor. Currently he is working on recycled paper sherds, but had done a lot of lithography the previous semester. I liked this one piece where he had shredded a Playboy magazine and woven it back together. On our way upstairs we got to also look into the interior architecture studios. What a space!
The museum was closed, but we had the honor to get a private tour by the director herself, Nancy Doll. There was a beautiful Alyson Shotz exhibition with her amazing repertoire of materials and dimensions. And, we got to see an Alison Saar prints exhibition with two Tamarind prints along with other wonderful prints and sculpture. The director (who will soon retire) had curated a show containing Alison Saar in the 80s, and was happy about this show of prints up in the gallery.