School of Art Photography and Printmaking Areas Welcome Visiting Artist Harrison Walker

Image courtesy of Harrison Walker

The School of Art at the J.William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Harrison Walker as the first artist in residence within the new art publishing program established by the school's photography and printmaking areas.

The two areas collaborated, developing a small publication and edition program to nurture contemporary research methodologies and familiarize students with current trends in art and distributable media. 

Loring Taoka, supervisor of the 2D advanced technology lab, describes art publishing as a growing field with multi-faceted professional artistic opportunities. This new program will develop student skill sets in advanced collaborative thinking, the printed multiple and marketable edition and publication experience. All skill sets needed as students transition into their own artistic career.                          

The program will host various studio artists and designers that will hold a week-long residency and workshops working with students and creating limited edition publications.

Harrison Walker is the first invited artist. He is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates esoteric ideas about the print, the archive and chemistry. His work remains grounded in visceral, chemical procedures while exploring the ties to chance, astronomy and the process itself. 

Walker holds an Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art and has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Pop Gallery in Brisbane, Australia; Katzen Art Center in Washington, D.C.; and Citizen Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. 

He has been featured in the Hand Magazine, Streit Lab and Light Leaked, and is included numerous collections such as Temple University Special Collections Library and Candela Books.

This week Walker has worked with students exploring reinterpretation of archival materials in University Libraries Special Collections, held collage demonstrations exploring composition and design and taught a special session on Risograph printing.

Walker will give a lecture about his work, research and experience at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Fine Arts Center, room 213. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend.

Contacts

Kayla Crenshaw, director of communications
School of Art
479-321-9636, kaylac@uark.edu

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