Really Big Prints

Really BIGPRINTS!! 3.0 will be July 11- 14 2018

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After the success of Really BIGPRINTS!! in July of 2014 the City of Manitowoc 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 were invited to prepare and bring a large-­‐scale relief matrix and print an edition of large relief prints Inks, ink modifiers and rollers/brayers were provided during the event. Really BIGPRINTS!! AGAIN!! for 2016 featured a party for all printmakers and potential print collectors on Friday evening. Exhibition of the prints will be at the Rahr West Museum of Art August 28 - September 19 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.

Really BIGPRINTS!! wants to thank the volunteers who came by to help with clean hands, the City of Manitowoc for use of the streetroller, and showing the prints at the Rahr-West Museum of Art, Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum for their cooperation, UW-Manitowoc for their tolerance, hospitality and the use of the facilities, and Graphic Chemical and Ink of Villa Park, IL for generously donating the inks. An on-line gallery of the 2016 can be seen here.

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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 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 a 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.

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

Cooperating Organizations/Sponsors

  • Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
  • Rahr-­‐West Museum of Art
  • City of Manitowoc
  • UW-­‐Manitowoc
  • Lawrence University
  • St. Norbert College

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