Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2003

Whitworth's New Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program
to Feature Artist Josť Guerrero

The Whitworth College Art Department recently launched its Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program, which gives students and faculty the opportunity to work with professional artists who conduct printing workshops on campus. The program's first visiting artist is Josť Guerrero, a nationally known artist from Chicago.Guerrero will visit the Whitworth campus March 12-15 and will work in the printmaking studio with Whitworth art faculty and students to create an edition of prints.

A national leader of the mural movement in art history and recognized as one of the cutting-edge Latino artists in America, Guerrero has worked with the Chicago Mural Group and on independent mural projects in Chicago and Mexico. He has met with Whitworth's Prejudice Across America study-tour groups in 1998, 2001 and 2003 to share his work and lead Whitworth students on walking tours of Pilsen, a working-class neighborhood in Chicago.

During his visit to Whitworth, Guerrero will work with Assistant Professor of Art Scott Kolbo and his advanced printmaking class. Guerrero, Kolbo, and the students will collaborate to create a printing matrix. Under Kolbo's supervision, the advanced art students will use the matrix to print an edition. The completed edition will be signed and numbered by Guerrero, and will be divided between the artist, Kolbo and the students who collaborated on the project, and the Art Department's permanent art collection. Another portion will be sold to support the Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program.

In addition to working on the printmaking project, Guerrero will give a presentation to Whitworth's Faculty Scholarship Forum, visit Art Department courses to discuss his work, and present material in selected modern-language classes.

The Visiting Artist in Printmaking Program makes it possible for students and faculty to work with professional artists in short-term printing workshops. Using the college's new printmaking and digital-imaging equipment and materials, artists are invited to create images that relate to their body of work and to discuss their process and inspiration with students. The students will work as assistants in the process and will print the edition for the visiting artist.

"Working collaboratively with a professional artist in the printmaking studio will allow students to expand their own visual vocabulary and help them learn themes and working methods from experienced artists," Kolbo says.

The program helps fulfill departmental goals of expanding students' understanding of the art world by exposing students to artists from diverse backgrounds and theoretical points of view, Kolbo says.

"Our intention is to bring to campus individuals who will challenge and educate our students about cultural diversity, gender, and other social- and political-justice issues," Kolbo says. "Whitworth art faculty believe that the arts are a natural and effective means of communicating these academic issues in a way that will enrich the entire Whitworth community."

Contacts:

Scott Kolbo, assistant professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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