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Exhibition showcases traditional skills with contemporary perspectives

27 Aug 2012

The art of printmaking is centuries old, highly skilled and still greatly prized as a bespoke art form.

NMIT printmaking students from the Institute's Certificate III and Diploma of Visual Arts programs and Diploma of Illustration have launched an exhibition devoted entirely to print making entitled First Impression.

The exhibition, held at the NMIT Preston campus A Space Gallery showcases an eclectic range of print works utilising a variety of print processes including relief prints, etching and silk-screening.

The show features an interesting series of Ex Libras (or book plates) from 2nd Year students - book plates are a traditional form of identifying a book as part of one's library and are adhered to the inside of the book cover. The book plate designs at the exhibition all feature intricate and enigmatic designs and will be of interest to designers and serious book collectors alike.

Other works at the exhibition cover a wide range of themes - from nature and love to cold war space travel.

During the launch, James MacDougall, from art paper specialists, Magnani Papers Australia, awarded three prizes to the best first and second year prints on show. Magnani Papers Australia has sponsored these awards for the last two years, and the Visual Arts Department is grateful for this continued support of our printmaking programs.

The winning students were:

  • Louise Anthony - Magnani Papers Australia Award, 2nd Years.
  • Leigh Hewitt - Magnani Papers Australia Encouragement Award, 1st Years.
  • Yaelle Schwarcz - Magnani Papers Australia Encouragement Award, 1st Years.
  • James also commended the works of Louise Barbon-Elliot (Diploma of Visual Art, 2nd Year) and Fiona MacIntosh (Diploma of Visual Art, 1st Year).

First Impressions runs until 31 August from 9 am to 4 pm at the NMIT Preston campus A Space Gallery, Building A, 77-91 St Georges Road Preston.

NMIT Visual Arts staff and students will also represent the Institute at the coming Silk Cut Awards exhibition. Students, Louise Barbon-Elliot and Louise Anthony, along with staff member, Jodi Heffernan, will exhibit their work at the Silk Cut Awards - one of the richest print awards in Australia, with prizes and acquisitions sponsored by Duroloid in the Open and Student Sections totalling more than $20,000 in value. The 2012 Silk Cut Award exhibition will be held at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery from 8-23 September 2012. .

See Also: Image Gallery - First Impressions Exhibition 2012

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