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Princeton Students Exhibit their Work with Professional Artists

(Princeton) “The Collotype and the Artist’s Book,” a visually stunning artist’s book exhibition showcasing the collaborative work of guest artists and students in the Princeton Atelier, will open on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.

The exhibition includes monochromatic collotypes and typography pages from Accra Shepp’s forthcoming artist’s book Atlas,

copies of which have been pre-sold to the New York Public Library and Whitney Museum as well as to private collectors. Master printmaker Edward Fausty executed the collotype editions for the book on handmade papers created by Dieu Donné. The six students enrolled in the Atelier and whose work will be included in the exhibition are Tessa Brown '08, Alexis Collatos '08, Kelsey Johnson '08, Arzu Komili '08, Ruth Schwab '09 and Emily Dunlay '11.

Visual artist, photographer and Princeton alumnus Accra Shepp along with Edward Fausty, renowned as one of a very small handful of practitioners of the collotype in this country, led the Atelier with Princeton students. Many of the collotypes were produced using a special process of printing photographic images on leaves.

Founded by in 1994 by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and now directed by distinguished poet Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Atelier program brings professional artists to campus for intensive collaborative work with students and faculty. Atelier artists select a project they want to explore and experiment in the company of students before developing it for the professional arts community. The Atelier explored the creation of an artist’s book which utilizes the historic photographic process of collotype printing, one of the earliest photomechanical printing processes invented in the late 19 century. Originally a commercial printing process, often used for early postcards and elaborate high end art reproductions and books in Asia, Europe and America, collotype printing has experienced a renaissance since the 1970’s when its possibilities for fine art photography were first exploited.

Accra Shepp is a photographer who has exhibited in the United States and abroad. In 2006, he participated in a show titled “Artificial Afrika” at Gigantic Art Space in New York City, and he is working on a multimedia installation for the city of Chicago for 2007. He is also completing a long-term project documenting tobacco farmers and laborers. His most recent solo exhibition, “In the Loop,” was presented at the Chicago City Gallery in 2004.

Mr. Shepp has had exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Shepp’s work also appeared in the New York Times, Harper's Magazine, Camera Arts and the Sunday Review in London among other publications. Accra Shepp holds a Master's Degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU with a concentration in conservation of art. He holds a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Princeton University.

Edward Fausty is a fine arts photographer who works both as a digital printmaker and as a master of the historic collotype. Mr. Fausty has made collotype editions for artists such as Takeshi Kawashima and Kiki Smith. He has had exhibitions at the World Theater Festival, Nancy, France; Gallery Bi-Damas, Osaka, Japan; The Center for Book Arts, NYC; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC; Orozimbo Gallery, NYC; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, NYC among others. His work is represented in the collections of Yale University, Goldman Sachs, Inc., the U.S. Library of Congress, and the Canadian Center for Architecture among other places.

Collaborating artists Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust of Purgatory Press, New York, participated in the Atelier and instructed students on traditional bookbinding and the fine art of typography. Working with these artists, students learned how to take photographs with a traditional 19th century view camera, make digital negatives for collotypes, prepare collotype plates, print using the hand-operated cylinder press in the University’s typography studio and assist in various aspects of book production.

The exhibition will be on view weekdays from January 8 through January 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 609.258.3697. The exhibition was funded in large part by The Newhouse Foundation, Peter T. Joseph Foundation, and Naomi Waletzky '98.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee. Click here for more information about the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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