Fine art printmaking begins with an artist etching, cutting, or drawing an image onto a surface or plate. Also known as a matrix, the surface or plate can be anything, including wood, metal, cloth or stone. Ink is then applied to the matrix and paper or cloth is pressed onto it. Finished prints are pulled from the plate.

A limited number of prints are made from one matrix before it’s destroyed. Each print is considered an original work of art; unlike reproduction prints.

“The Art of Printmaking” is the Promega Fall Art Showcase curated and produced by Daniel Swadener. The exhibit features art prints from Tandem Press artists.

Prints by Suzanne Caporael, Robert Cottingham, Jim Dine, Valentina DuBasky, Jose Lerma, Nicola Lopez, Maser, Dennis Nechvatal, Judy Pfaff, David Shapiro, TL Solien, and Steven Sorman are included in the showcase.

Jean Dibble’s works are highlighted in an additional second show at the Fall Art Showcase. She is a printmaker, painter and professor at the University of Notre Dame. Engaged in the studio practice of printmaking, it is also her research. Dibble ranges from using ancient techniques, materials and presses to consistently investigating and taking advantage of the possibilities in new technologies.

— Robyn Norton

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Robyn Norton is a features assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.