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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Printmaking exhibit honors Brunken

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A tribute to the late Glen Brunken, Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of art, will unfold when SRU displays two of his original prints during the juried printmaking exhibition "Black."

The display will be offered from Sept. 23-Oct. 11 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery, Maltby Center.

Prints created by nine SRU art majors and artists affiliated with the Pittsburgh Print Group will be included. An opening reception is from 5-7 p.m., Sept. 24.

Brunken, who died June 3, taught printmaking, drawing and painting at SRU from 1969-2009. He championed art studies and made major contributions to the development of a thriving art program.

Brunken created thousands of artworks, which have been displayed in New York, California, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In 2004, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts named Brunken a "master visual artist." The honor is for artists older than 60 who have made an impact on southwestern Pennsylvania.

In all, 18 prints will be displayed during "Black."

Barbara Westman, SRU assistant professor of art, will serve as juror. Brunken was originally asked to jury the show.

Printmaking is the process of making art by printing, normally on paper. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece.

Westman said the exhibit would include linocut, intaglio and woodcut examples of printmaking, among others. Linocut is a variety of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. Intaglio is a technique in which an image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. Woodcuts involve an image cut into woodblock.

SRU's exhibition was open to all Print Group members.

The Pittsburgh Print Group is an artist guild affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Founded in 1972, the group supports printmakers through exhibits, educational projects and other promotional activities.

Students whose work will be displayed are Benjamin Bires and Adam Wagerman, both of Sandy Lake, Chelsea Grubbs of Chicora, Molly O'Donnell of Monroeville, Delaney Munnal of West Middlesex, Sean McDonald of Butler, Marina Panaia of Irwin, Andres Rincon of Bogota, Columbia, and Leah Zackowitz, of Bethesda, Md.

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