ReallyBIGPRINTS!! 2016

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Really BIGPRINTS!! 2016 is on for July 14,15,16 !!!!!!!!

REALLY BIG PRINTS!! Again!! A Steamroller Printmaking Event

Organized by Berel Lutsky – UW Manitowoc, Ben Rinehart – Lawrence University, Katie Ries – St. Norbert’s College  the Rahr-­‐West Museum of Art, and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing  Museum 

After the success of Really BIGPRINTS!! In July of 2014 the City of Manitowoc has again graciously donated the use of the steamroller for a special 4-­‐day printmaking event July 13-­‐16, 2016 and agreed to mount an exhibit of the prints at the city’s Rahr-­‐West Museum of Art. Artists are invited to prepare and bring a large-­‐scale relief matrix and print an edition of large relief prints Inks, ink modifiers and rollers/brayers will be provided during the event. The culmination of this project will be a party for all printmakers and potential print collectors on Friday evening at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Exhibition of the prints will at the Rahr West Museum of Art for the month of August 2016 and then at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum through the beginning of November. Prints will be on display for Wayzgoose 2016 at Hamilton. After that the prints will move on to Lawrence University and other venues TBD.

New for RBP 2016

Hospitality, in the form of beverages and light snacks for printmakers, their teams and volunteers during  the printing sessions

ReallyBIGPRINTS!!PARTY!! -­‐  Celebrate RBP with dinner, drinks and music at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing  Museum on Friday evening -­‐7/15, The party is included for all paid participants, guests  may attend  for $           

ReallyBIGPRINTS!!PASTE!! – The City of Manitowoc in addition to hosting an exhibit at the Rahr-­‐West Museum  of  Art has agreed to making a number of city sites available for pasted print installations.  There should also be opportunities to install at other locations in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Details for ReallyBIGPRINTS!! PASTE!! Will be made available as soon as we have them

RBP 2016 Details

Dates: A maximum of 48 artists or collaborative teams will be accommodated 7/14 -­‐7/16. This includes graduate students and/or recently completed BA/BFA and up to16 undergraduate student printmakers. Printing dates are July 13-­‐16, 2016. July 13 will be reserved for the 16 student printmakers/teams. Each participating Artist or team will be assigned a 5 hour printing session in which to complete their edition. Eight printmakers/teams will be printing each session. We will be printing under tents in the parking lot of the UW-­‐Manitowoc campus. Inside studio space will be available for paper prep, print drying and  print storage. The steamroller will be available from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. each day. 

Image/Paper Size: A block measuring 32” x 60” x .75” (maximum size) must be used for printing. Paper should be cut to the exact size of the blocks + 2” all around (36” x 64”) to facilitate easier printing and display of the prints. Blocks smaller than 32” x 60” or of “eccentric” shape will need shims to hold them tightly in the printing template. Each person is responsible for arriving with their matrix/matrices completed, paper prepared for printing (including any stencils, chin collé, or other elements you will be using. Any blocks with a non-­‐standard thickness (larger/smaller than .75”) must be cleared with the event organizer in advance. Printing additional colors can be arranged on a first come/first served basis– however we will need to know well in advance to set this up. Printing schedule will be arranged so that up to 8 teams will be working at a time. Some help will be available, but please plan to bring along enough hands to help you print.

Celebration: We'll celebrate our ReallyBIGPRINTS!! with dinner and a party at the Hamilton Wood Type & Pirnting Museum on Friday evening July 15.  This is your opportunity to meet  all of the REALLYBIG!! printmakers, eat, drink and  dance.  Guests are  welcome and art lovers  from Manitowoc/Two Rivers and beyond will also be invited.  The  cost of the celebration is covered  for  registered RBP participants. Guests will be  asked to pay $25.

Exhibition: One print from each participant will be showcased in an exhibition at the Rahr-West Museum of  Art in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in August of 2016. Prints will be hung “au naturel” using magnets. The prints will then move to the display area of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers WI, where they will stay through the close of the annual Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum “Wayzgoose” conference in early November. The print used for the shows will become the property of the organizer and may be used for future exhibitions. Please let us know if your institution or affiliation is interested in hosting an exhibition of the Really Big Prints!

Hotels: Corporate Rates will be given at the AmericInn for this event. Please mention the “Steamroller Printmaking Event” when making reservations.

Travel and  Accomodations 

Camping:Tents and small RV’s (no water or electrical hook-­‐ups) are welcome to camp on the UW-­‐ Manitowoc grounds. Access to bathrooms, and showers will be provided from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. A portable toilet will be available 24/7 as well.

 Funding: Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorships, PD funding or grants. Organizers are seeking local business participation, as well as some corporate in kind and and private sponsorship opportunities. These will be shared as they develop.

 Updates: Updates will be posted  here as well as the RBP Facebook page

 T-­‐Shirt:One preprinted shirt will be provided for each participant. Matrix and ink will be provided, if you want to print your own garments.

Extend Your Stay: Participants in “Really Big Prints!” are invited to extend their experience with a day of letterpress printing on Saturday 7/16 at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum! Cost will be $100 per participant. Follow the link to contact them directly.


Organizer Contact information  

 Berel Lutsky, Professor of Art

University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc

705 Viebahn Street

Manitowoc, WI 54220-­‐6699


 Katie Ries,

Assistant Professor of Art

St. Norbert College

100 Grant St.

De Pere, WI 54115



Benjamin D. Rinehart

Associate Professor of Art

Lawrence University Wriston Art Center

711 E. Boldt Way, SPC-­‐01

Appleton, WI 54911


Organizer Biographies

BerelLutskywas born in Buffalo NY and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BS in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from UW Madison, and his MFA in studio art with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from UW Milwaukee. He has taught at several UW Colleges, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carroll University in Waukesha, and the Avni Institute in Israel. In addition to his formal education he has worked as a printer at the “Fishy Whale Press” in Milwaukee WI, the Tel Aviv Artist’ House Printshop, and has presented workshops and done residencies at the Jerusalem Print Workshop. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and is in public and private collections in Israel, Belgium, Japan and the US. He is currently  Professor of Art at UW-­‐Manitowoc where he teaches drawing, design, photography, printmaking, and painting.

 Benjamin D. Rinehart specializes in multimedia images with a strong focus on printmaking, book constructions, painting and drawing. His socially charged work is a part of many public and private collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ben received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Herron School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has taught in New York & New Jersey at Pratt Institute, Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Long Island University, Fordham University, FIT, and Manhattan Graphics Center. He has continued to teach as a visiting artist at various institutions around the country like the Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Brookfield Craft Center and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Ben is the author of a book titled, "Creating Books & Boxes." For examples of his work and teaching schedule visit

 Katie Ries creates drawings, prints, costumes, and objects to raise and answer humorous questions about land, labor, and community. A graduate of UT Knoxville (MFA) and Colorado College (BA) Katie Ries lives and works in Northeastern Wisconsin and is an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College. She is the founder of the Land Scouts, an urban troop promoting land stewardship and open to all. In 2006 Ries helped establish and run the Birdhouse, a community space for artists, musicians and activists in Knoxville, TN. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the US and she shows her work nationally. She is currently working to design and build a pair of “sustainable fashion boots” appropriate for Wisconsin winters.


The form must be filled out and submitted to the organizers. Images and undergraduate endorsement should be emailed  separately.  Jurying and acceptance notification will start on January 15, 2016 and continue until all available slots are filled. Accepted printmakers must send a $50 registration fee ($40 for students) as soon as possible after being accepted to RBP. Fees will be fully refunded if you cancel by June 1, after June 1 RBP! will keep $25. Confirmation of your participation must be complete by June 1, 2016, at the latest to enable the scheduling of your printing session. Each participant should receive their scheduled printing times by June 8 at the latest. We are planning for a maximum of 48 artist/printmakers, plus 16 students .

For  Registration Click here: // Download the form, fill it out, save it, and send  it as an attachment to:


 Cooperating Organizations/Sponsors

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Rahr-­‐West Museum of Art

City of Manitowoc


Lawrence University

St. Norbert College

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