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ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

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Biography Conner is known for distinctive color woodcuts. Using non-endangered wood and brilliant color palettes, Conner creates conceptual woodcuts exposing the intrinsic wood grain. Conner exhibits nationally and internationally. Woodcuts are included in over fifty museum and corporate print collections in the U.S. and internationally: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Equitable Center, NY; Colorado Springs; Capital One Art Collection, Austin; Fidelity Investments; State Department Art in Embassies; New York Public Library; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Library of Congress; List Visual Arts Center, MIT; Credit Suisse First Boston, London; Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond; University Health System, San Antonio; Ritz Carlton Hotels; and Neiman Marcus. Reviews and announcements of Conner’s publications appear in Art In Print, Art On Paper, New Art Examiner, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women. She collaborates with Katherine Brimberry, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX, publisher of her woodcuts; and Leslie Miller, Grenfell Press, NYC. She was born in Wilmington, NC, 1948. She received a BFA from Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and MFA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is Professor Emerita at University North Carolina Wilmington. She lives in Wilmington, NC.            
I grew up in Los Angeles and continue to work there as a studio artist, teacher, and illustrator. I exhibit locally and internationally. I’ve been active in the printmaking community since I began practicing print in 2011, during my undergraduate years at Cal State Northridge. I am currently head of the Valley Print Studio, which I founded in 2013. In my own work, I create visual poems about the connection between ideas, bodies, and characters. I do this by emphasizing and reimagining the represented contact point between these things. Whether in print, drawing, or painting, my sensibility as an artist is deeply influenced by the methods and aesthetics of printmaking. For me, composition is a process of drafting, layering, and varying.
My journey into printmaking is informed by early work in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for fine custom wallpapers. From there I’ve built a busy full time studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.The ancient tradition of the print is always at the heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides “moving parts” in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows the medium to “talk back” at some point. I treat printmaking as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.Most recently I have established screen-printing courses at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica. I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints are placed in national and international collections. At present my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are open by appointment.While all this history is of value, real life is lived in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.
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