Brandon University students join art showcase

December 12, 2019

Puerto Rican Trio, by Aidelisse Hartberger

BRANDON – Visual arts students from Brandon University (BU) will have their work displayed in at a Winnipeg studio this month.

Five students from BU’s Printmaking I class will take part in a print exchange and showcase, organized by Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg. The exchange, called Trio, will also include five students from the University of Manitoba, as well as five from Martha Street Studio’s own INKubator program.

Nikki Brasseur, Hailey Curtis, Sam Paramor, Angel Rodriguez and Aidelisse Hartberger are representing BU in the project. They have each created an edition of 20 multi-coloured linocut prints, offering their interpretation of the theme, “trio.” Linocut prints are made by carving designs into linoleum printing plates, which are then rolled with ink and run through a printing press with paper.

“I’m very excited to share our students’ prints,” said Lisa Wood, an Assistant Professor in BU’s Department of Visual & Aboriginal Art. “They are all so good, and it was exciting to see the different directions the students took with the theme and the aesthetic possibilities of linocut printing.”

The artwork will be exhibited at Martha Street Studio from Friday, Dec. 13 to Friday, Dec. 20. The BU students will travel to Winnipeg for this Friday’s opening reception, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. The opening reception will coincide with the Winter Printer Carnival at the Studio.

Once the exhibition closes, each student will receive a folio of 15 prints — one from each artist.

“Beyond having their work displayed, it’s an excellent opportunity for our students to meet their peers and experienced printmaking artists,” Wood said. “They’ll be able to build their network in the Manitoba art community as well as to share ideas and inspiration with other artists.”

More information on the Trio showcase can be found at Printmakers.mb.ca/events/trio, while Winter Printer Carnival details are available at Printmakers.mb.ca/events/winter-printer-carnival.