Nicole Arnold is a printmaker currently working out of Normal, IL as an MFA student at Illinois State University. She received her BFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in the fall of 2018. While Nicole worked through her undergraduate coursework, she also held a position as a Press Assistant at Tom Huck's Evil Prints in St. Louis. MO. Her work has most recently been displayed in shows including The26th Parkside National Print Exhibition in Kenosha, WI, Artlink's 39thNational Print Exhibition in Fort Wayne, IN, Women's Work 2019 in Woodstock, IL, 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Peoria, IL, and the 59th Mid-States Juried Exhibition in Evansville, IN.
Veda Rives Aukerman teaches student interns and supervises graduate students in the professional collaborative print workshop, Normal Editions. With over 25 years of master printer experience leading team projects with visiting artists, students, and faculty, she also serves as principle investigator on numerous grants. Aukerman is an artist and printmaker active in her own studio pursuing interests in printmaking, handmade paper, artists' books, and large installations of BookEnvirons which are collaborative works with her identical twin sister, Meda Rives Smith. Collections include Penang State Art Gallery, Malaysia, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
Felicia Cannon is an artist and printmaker, working in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from Illinois State University and a BFA in Painting with a minor in Book Arts from Middle Tennessee State University. Her interests in natural and built environments, structure, and meditation influence her artwork.
Thank you for pausing to view my work. I am just beginning my journey with printmaking. I love the combination of firm process and free illustration while using stones, plates, ink and watercolor. My inspiration is based in nature and you will see both literal and abstract references to the organic shapes and motion of nature. As I drew on the stone for Storm Gathering, A View, and Tracks, I loved the feel of the richness of the crayon moving over the smoothness of the stone. Starting with a drawing and then applying the firm process of etches is rewarding and a bit surprising. Enjoy.
L J Douglas has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago as well as other significant public and private collections. Douglas's work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art News, New Art Examiner, Dialogue Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and The Chicago Reader. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College.
Jess Dowell is an undergraduate team member at Normal Editions. Dowell is a BFA and Graphic Design major with a minor in Art History. Her studio focus is painting and printmaking. Dowell previously attended Spoon River College where she was a scenic artist and set painter for the SRC theater production. At Illinois State University, Dowell was co-organizer for Normal Edition’s online exhibition Printmaker Interrupted in Spring of 2020. Dowell was also the lead organizer for the BFA show Open Discussions and a collaborative show The Back Room in Spring of 2020. She is a recipient of the Irving Tick award in the 2020 Student Annual and her anticipated graduation is in Spring of 2022.
Peytin Fitzgerald currently resides in Bloomington, Illinois where she is an MFA candidate in Printmaking at Illinois State University. She received her BFA in studio art and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Wyoming in 2018. She mainly works in printmaking and fiber arts but is open to whatever medium feels right with the concept. Her work typically looks at traumas physically on the body, but right now she is focusing on the emotional impact of the events that come flooding back in feeling. She is examining ways to abstract the bodily form, conveying a feeling of otherness, vulnerability, or disassociation from self.
Amber Gravett is an ISU School of Art alumni who specializes in drawing animals. Her work spans a variety of media including printmaking, ceramics, and animation. She is currently the ceramics assistant at McLean County Arts Center, where she also teaches art workshops for both youth and adults.
Megan Hinds is a midwest artist from Champaign, IL. She attended Illinois State University where she received her Bachelors in Fine Art with a focus in printmaking. She graduated in 2016, with magna-cum laude and created her first solo exhibition "The Fourth Wall". Megan is currently in Chicago, IL where she continues her printmaking practice at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. She is constantly investigating societies collective brilliance and communication. In 2019 she was awarded best emerging artist at Ann Arbor Art Festival, best 2-D artist at Naperville Fine Art Festival, and best printmaker at Deer Park Art Festival.
Rebecca Hodel was born in Peoria IL and moved to East Africa at the age of seven. She grew up in Tanzania and went to high school in Kenya. At 18 she returned to Normal, Illinois where she received a BA in Finance from ISU. After working in New York City for seven years, she decided to leave finance and pursue her love of making art. Rebecca is back at ISU working on a BA in Studio Arts in the Painting sequence. Her art is inspired by nature and investigation into the inner self. She creates art for its own sake. Using color, shape, and line, Rebecca's work is a pursuit of self-realization. Her works are a meditation, a glimpse into the state where the mind is quiet, and the spirit is free.
Lisa looks to highlight the instances of discovery and moments of recognition through emotive, visual abstractions. The resulting works are translations of landscape, texture, body, and diagrams that reveal a presence of something more, an accumulation of knowledge, both unifying and honest. She states, "I am striving for the knowledge of the old. I am extracting the poetic observance and artistic practice of artists such as Botticelli, Hokusai, and Frankenthaler through my own voice. My hope is to bring this knowledge and language into a contemporary conversation on how we record, interpret, and interact with our natural surroundings and the history laden within them."
Molly Markow is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Saugatuck, MI and Chicago, IL. She earned an MFA from Illinois State University (2019) and a BFA from University of Wyoming (2015). She has had solo and two-person exhibitions at University Galleries (Normal, IL), Terrain Biennial (Chicago, IL), and THAT Gallery (Laramie, WY). She has been included in group shows at Scarlow’s Gallery (Casper, WY), Oxbow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI), and McLean County Arts Center (Bloomington, IL). She has been an artist in residence at Prairie Center for the Arts (Peoria, IL) and Lazuli (Corinth, VT).
Ryan Paluczak is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who holds an MFA in Sculpture and Expanded Media from Illinois State University, an MA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University, and a BFA in Printmaking from Southeast Missouri State University. Their work spans 2D, 3D, and time-based media, with an emphasis on furniture design and fabrication. Ryan currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
Morgan Price is an Associate Professor of Art at Illinois State University and a collaborative printer with Normal Editions. In a small, cobbled-together printshop he named Second-Hand Press he listens to records and creates awkward and humorous artworks to be exhibited here and there. He lives with his wife and adorable dog in a tidy little craftsman home and owns an impractical quantity of bicycles and vintage shirts. Morgan received his BFA from the University of Denver and his MFA from Wichita State University.
Veda Rives Aukerman and Meda Rives Smith, artists and identical twins, established Mirror Image Press to pursue interests in Printmaking (letterpress, lithography, monotype), Handmade Paper, Artists' Books, and BookEnvirons. Creating art independently and collaboratively, they exhibit nationally and internationally. Collaborative work highlights include: "Best of Show" at Liturgical and Sacred Art, Springfield, Illinois; "Honorable Mention" at Amateras Annual Paper Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; solo shows at Judson University, Elgin, Illinois and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts; and a feature in 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art, Sterling Publishing, New York.
Erika Shiba is an illustrator and printmaker born and raised in Hong Kong to Japanese parents; she received her BFA in 2018 from Parsons School of Design in New York for Illustration and Printmaking and is now pursuing her MFA in Printmaking at Illinois State University. Her work references mental spaces and each print exists as a document of discovery in this psychological universe. She is driven by the idea of cataloguing and organizing the intangible; the biomorphic creatures she creates act as anchor points and, as the inhabitants of this surreal universe, they become her proxies to navigate the fictional world.
Sarah Smelser is a Professor of Art and Associate Director in the Wonsook Kim School of Art. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center; The Franz Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; Artica in Bilbao, Spain; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA; Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, WY; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos, Greece, Anchor Graphics in Chicago; the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland; and the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM. She exhibits her work locally, nationally, and internationally.
Amanda Smith is a printmaker working out of Cometogetherstudios in Bloomington, IL. She is currently exploring various intaglio and relief techniques while shining a light on the female perspective within today's absurd society. She has been a web designer for Illinois State University since 2009.
Meda Rives Smith is an artist, printmaker, papermaker, book, and textile artist. She creates large installations of BookEnvirons collaboratively with her identical twin sister, Veda Rives Aukerman. Recent exhibitions include: Book as Art: Flight Edition, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Georgia and Alchemy of Paper, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been a member of the art faculty at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois and Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois. Collections include Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York; Hanji Theme Park, Wonju, South Korea, and Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan.
I am a full-time employee at Illinois State University in Facilities Management as a Building Service supervisor. I am also a Student in the Wonsook Kim School of Art working on a Bachelor of Science Degree in Studio Arts-painting sequence. I was born in Lincoln Illinois and have lived in Bloomington Illinois most of my life. I have been with Illinois State University for over 15 years. I am passionate about all forms of Art and the Oceans and Beaches. I love working with/volunteering with the community of Bloomington/Normal and the University Community.
Micah Zavacky received a BFA from Wright State University in Studio Art, in 2014 and an MFA in Studio Art at Illinois State University in 2017. Since completing his education, Micah has been teaching at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH as an Adjunct Professor of Art. Working en plein air has been the focus of his artistic process for the last ten years. The landscape has motivated Micah to live a life more connected with and concerned for the earth. A passionate gardener and animal lover, Micah hopes to have a farm one day where he can draw his plants and animals all day, every day. Tending and caring for the land and its critters is a passion his artwork has created.
Many students in printmaking classes donate a few prints for the annual sale to support the print area’s efforts to enhance the studio resources and support guest speakers in printmaking. Some student artists wish to remain anonymous while others sign their work. Courses in intaglio include techniques such as etching, aquatint, drypoint, linoleum cut, and wood cut. Lithography courses include monotype, plate, stone, and photo lithography and letterpress / relief methods. Works created by the students in the print area donations group explore a multitude of techniques and aesthetics.