The installation process of the imprint of war: responses in print has begun!

Early Monday morning, students from the class, our professor Janet, our Teaching Assistant Nicole, and the University Art Gallery Collections Manager (and Callot expert) Isabelle came to the gallery to hang the four large prints by Sandow Birk featured in the rotunda (as seen in the photos below). The group was led by Barb Antel, an expert in installations.

Later that evening, during class, we split into teams and were each assigned one room of the gallery to work on. We taped, calculated and measured our wall space and started to hang pieces in each room. Below are photos from the first room featuring prints by Jacques Callot.

We’re also very excited to include local artists from Pittsburgh in our exhibition as well as a fun and interactive response wall (soon to be full of post-its!). The students of the Museum Studies class will be in the gallery all throughout this week finalizing and perfecting the show in anticipation for the reception on Monday.

Remember: the opening reception for the imprint of war: responses in print is this Monday (October 31st) from 6:30 – 8:30. We hope to see you there!


Skype, Printmaking, and Fieldtrips!

September 19th: 

Only three weeks into the semester, we had the wonderful opportunity of skyping with Nicholas Naughton, one of the contemporary artists featured in the imprint of war: responses in print. He answered questions regarding his technique and inspiration for his series Reasons Monsters’ (some of which will be seen in our exhibition).


 October 3rd: 

The three artists featured in the imprint of war: responses in print are all distinguished print makers representing war in their images. In order to understand why they may have chosen this medium, the entire class was invited down to the studio arts floor of Frick to watch how print making is done. We talked with professor Delanie Jenkins about her intrigue and interest in the medium and learned the myriad steps to the process.

October 11th: 

Last week we took a break from our own exhibition and explored others currently featured in Pittsburgh. Our first stop was to the Pittsburgh Glass Center where we were privileged enough to speak to Heather McElwee, the executive director. Heather is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center and was happy to answer our questions regarding exhibition planning and her choices as an artist and director of an arts organization. We also had the opportunity to venture upstairs and see artists at work, making glass objects in teams of 2 and 3.


The current exhibiton at the center is titled: 10 Years on Penn, in honor of their 10th anniversary on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh.

We then traveled to the Society for Contemporary Craft located in the Strip District. We spoke with Janet McCall, who is both the executive director of Contemporary Craft and the professor for our Museum Studies course, about the current exhibition (Bridge 11: Lia Cook, Mariko Kusumoto, Anne Drew Potter) and the history of the gallery.

First Visit to the University Art Gallery

It is with great excitement that I write this first blog post about our progress on the fast-approaching exhibition!

The class has been hard at work discussing the direction of the exhibit and are on the brink of finalizing a “big idea” that will guide the rest of the show (more details to come). With all of the in-class planning going on every week, we have been fortunate to break away from the classroom in order to spend some time in the University Art Gallery getting a feel for the space. The visit to the gallery also gave us a chance to assess any installation limitations and to begin visualizing a plan for how we’ll utilize the space.

In addition, students broke down into teams (curatorial, interpretation, installation, and documentation) in order to spend some quality one-on-one time with a group of Jacques Callot prints to be included in the exhibition.

Here, the curatorial team, with the assistance of Isabelle Chartier, examines prints by Jacques Callot in the University Art Gallery

Led by Isabelle Chartier of the University Art Gallery, and Callot expert extraordinaire, students learned all about how prints are made, copied, handled, stored, etc. Because we are working with artists who work primarily with prints, we find it necessary to understand the process involved in making such intricate and impressive works.

Check back for updates in the coming weeks as decisions are finalized, art is delivered, and the installation process begins!