A 2017 Friend and Advocate Award was presented to the Really Big Prints team, comprised of Berel Lutsky from UW-Manitowoc, Benjamin Rinehart from Lawrence University and Katie Ries from St. Norbert College.
Shown in the photo at the award ceremony in Madison are (left to right): Professor Benjamin Rinehart, Lawrence University; Chancellor Cathy Sandeen, UW Colleges and UW-Extension; and Professor Berel Lutsky, UW-Manitowoc. Not pictured is Professor Katie Ries, St. Norbert College.
University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen presented the award on Sept. 21 in Madison. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin.
The three professors from different universities collaborated to organize the Really Big Prints event. Their shared goal, bringing artists together for four days of large-scale printmaking. The event has been held on the UW-Manitowoc campus in 2014, 2016 and will be held again July 11-14, 2018.
In giving the award, Sandeen praised the Really Big Prints team for bringing in artists from around Wisconsin and the region to give them the opportunity to make large prints - 32 inches by 60 inches - using a street roller as a press. The City of Manitowoc donated the use of the street roller and the community was able to view the prints during exhibits at the Rahr West Museum of Art and the Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum.
Sandeen added, “Putting together an event of this size is a huge commitment and it gives people a chance to interact with artists from around the country. I really enjoyed the experience when I participated last year, and I encourage people to check out the 2018 event.”
The Friend and Advocate Award honors individuals or organizations outside UW Colleges and UW-Extension that have given substantial support to one or both institutions’ outreach mission at the local, state, national or international level. This may include program development and support, community or volunteer service, expanding access to UW Colleges or UW-Extension programs, enhancing diversity, building political support, involvement in fundraising or any other measure of outstanding service on behalf of the UW Colleges or UW-Extension missions.
“UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees and partners work statewide to provide innovative education and services to students, business owners, farmers and citizens in every industry across Wisconsin,” said Sandeen. “The Chancellor’s Awards recognize those individuals who’ve gone above and beyond in extending our mission to every corner of the state.”