Really Big Prints


Steamroller Prints!! at UW-Manitowoc, July 21 - 25, 2014

As of June 1, 2014 - 53 Artists have signed up to make 45 prints!! 

REALLY BIG PRINTS!! A “Steamroller Printmaking Event” organized by Berel Lutsky – UW Manitowoc, Ben Rinehart – Lawrence University, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and the Rahr-West Art Museum.

The City of Manitowoc has graciously donated the use of the steamroller for a special 5-day printmaking event  July 21-25,  2014 and agreed to mount an exhibit of the prints at the city’s Rahr-West Art Museum. Artists are invited to prepare and bring a large-scale relief matrix and print an edition of large relief prints. Accomodations are available in town or, you and your team can camp on the UW-Manitowoc grounds. Some materials will be provided during the event. The culmination of this project will be an exhibition of the prints at the Rahr West Art Museum August  9- 17, 2014 and then at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

53 Amazing Printmakers from near and far will be coming to UW-Manitowoc July 21-25, 2014 to create 45 large scale (60” x  36”) relief prints.  This event has already put Manitowoc on the map for printmakers and print collectors.  The number of participants and duration of the event is nearly unique, as well as the opportunity for the printmakers to print a limited edition of their large print, and have it exhibited “hot off the press.”

Sponsorship Opportunties: 

Please consider supporting this event as a sponsor.  A good number of the participating printmakers have agreed to make a print from their edition available to sponsoring businesses and individuals at the $500 and $1000 levels.  These will all be new works. Examples of many of the participating artists’ work can be seen on their websites with  the  links  provided  below  Sponsorship can be in cash or “in-kind.”  All sponsors will choose their print from among those available based on the date of their opting in.  Sponsorship will be acknowledged on all exhibition graphics, at all media publicity opportunities, the event web site/Facebook page, in the video documentation, and will be prominently displayed at all venues of the exhibition as it travels.  For details re: supporting ReallyBIGPRINTS!! please  call 920-683-4700 or e-mail to

Artists who have made a  print available for sponsors: (click on the names to go to their websites) :Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, Jesse Parrott, Candace Corgan, Berel Lutsky, Emily Arthur, John HItchcock, Alex Gradecki, Rachel Griffen, Judith Joseph, Katherine Miller, Kristin Nowlin, Veronica Ceci, Laurie Hall, Katie Reis, Michael Connors, Abbey Kleinert, Joni Wildman, Gail Panske, Dara Larson,  Matthew Bindert, Ben Rinehart, Lena Boatman, Alex Beadle, Pete Railand, Ana Laura Juarez 

This list will be updated, please  check back as names and  websites will be added. 

Details for the Event

Dates: A maximum of 45 artists can be accommodated. Printing dates are July 21 - 25, 2014 (the 28th and 29th can be added if need be.) We will be printing under tents set up in the south parking lot of the UW-Manitowoc campus. Inside studio space will be available for paper prep, print drying and print storage. Steamroller will be available from 7:00 am - until dusk each day. Prep work/clean-up can continue as early or late as need be. Exhibit opening will be on Sunday, August 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Image/Paper Size: A block measuring 36” x 60” x .75” (maximum size) must be used for printing. Paper will be cut to the exact size of the blocks + 2” to facilitate easier printing and display of the prints. Blocks smaller than 36” x 60” will need shims to hold them in the template. Each person is responsible for their matrix/matrices. Any blocks with a non-standard thickness (larger than .75”) must be cleared with the event organizer in advance. We are asking each participant to have their matrix nearly complete upon arrival for quicker turn around. Printing schedule will be arranged so that up to 10 teams will be working at a time.  Some help will be available, but plan to bring along enough hands to help you print.

Ink & Paper:  Black Ink and possibly some colors (donated by Akua/Speedball and Graphic Chemical and Ink) and some paper will be available for the final prints and proofing.  There will also be a roll of unbleached  muslin on hand.  More details of available papers and ink will be provided to participants as they become available.   If you will have other paper/ink that you would like to use for the edition, please be prepared to bring it along. Some large rollers, ink modifiers, clean up materials, slip sheets and a print drying set-up will be provided for the duration of the event.

Edition Size: We anticipate that an edition of least five prints will be created per participant. One print will be donated for the purpose of the exhibition and for archives.  Some  participants  have  made  another print  from their  edition available for sponsors  at the  $1000, or $500 levels.

T-Shirt: A screen, printing station and textile ink will be provided, bring your own shirts. 

Exhibition: One print from each participant will be donated and showcased in an exhibition at the Rahr West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin August 2014. 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.

Participant Registration

The Registration Form must be filled out and sent to the organizers for each participant in advance of the event. This will be considered a statement of your interest in participation. Confirmation of your participation  must be complete by June 1, 2014, to enable the scheduling of your printing session. Each participant should receive their scheduled printing times by June 8. We are planning for a maximum of 45 slots, participation and scheduling will be on a “first come first served basis.”

Travel & Accommodations

Hotels: A block of rooms at state rate of $69.99/night breakfast included have been set aside at the AmericInn of Manitowoc for this event. You must call, this rate is not available on-line - the # is 920-684-3344. Please mention "ReallyBIG PRINTS” when making your reservations. 

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 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. Portable toilets will be available throughout the day as well.

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

Extend Your Stay: Participants in “Really Big Prints!!” are invited to extend their experience with a day of letterpress printing at the  Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum! Sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday 7/25 and 7/26. Cost will be $150 per participant.  if you  are interested follow the link to contact them directly.

HWT&P Museum Logo 

Contact Information

Berel Lutsky, Associate Professor of Art

University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc
705 Viebahn Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220-6699
920 683 4735

Benjamin D. Rinehart, Associate Professor of Art

Lawrence University
Wriston Art Center
711 E. Boldt Way, SPC-01
Appleton, WI 54911

Organizer Biographies

Berel Lutsky was 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 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 an Associate 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

Cooperating Organizations/Sponsors

Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum
Rahr-West Art Museum
City of Manitowoc
Lawrence University
Akua/Speedball Art Products Co.
Graphic Chemical and Ink

List of Confirmed Artists/Attendees

Lutsky Berel
Rinehart  Ben
Scotello  John
Railand Pete
Moran Jim
Carpenter Stephanie
Panske Gail
Copoulos-Selle Stephanie
Parrott Jesse
Juarez Ana Laura
Corgan Candice
Larson Dara  
Tasch Tori
Weiss Kim
Bindert Matthew
Style Christine
Arthur Emily W.
Hitchcock John
Gradecki Alex
Griffin Rachel
Port Alexandra
Munoz Maren
David Aaron
Denman Maggie
Affourtit Francine K.
Castro Genie
Joseph Judith
Miller Katherine
Powers Nowlin Kristin
Medaris S.V (Sue)
Ceci Veronica
Connors Michael
Szudejko Ron
Wildman Joni
Sullivan Emily
Kleinert Abigail
Carley Robyn
Ellis-Boatman Lena
Cain Ryan
Langer Brandon
Hall Laurie
Beadel N. Adam
Matthes Colin