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Kristin Powers Nowlin

lauraberman @ March 1, 2009

Kristin Powers Nowlin – critique

On Friday, February 26, the KCAI Printmaking Department hosted visiting artist Kristin Powers Nowlin. Kristin presented her work in a lecture and brought her amazing prints for us to see. She also hosted a critique with a group of printmaking majors from all class levels. (picture above)

Kristin Powers Nowlin, a native of Ames, IA, is currently a professor at Southeast Missouri State University. She received her BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and her MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Her work has been exhibited in over 100 solo, group and juried exhibitions. Recent prints were included in the LaGrange National XXV 2008 Biennial Exhibition (LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia), where she received a Purchase Prizefrom the LaGrange Art Museum.  Her work was also included in the 29th Annual Paper in Particular 2008 (Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri), Open Expression: Contemporary American Printmaking Art (American University in Egypt), the 21st Annual International Exhibition (The University of Texas at Tyler), and Beyond Printmaking: Juried Exhibition (Texas Tech University).  In the last two years, Kristin had solo shows at the University of Northern Colorado, Rosewood Gallery (Ohio), the Manhattan Arts Center (Kansas), and the University of Nebraska Rotunda Gallery.

Kristin was a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in the discipline of Visual Arts – Works on Paper in 2002.  She was a printmaking artist-in-residence at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2004 and at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming in 2005.

For the past twelve years, her work has dealt with issues of race and gender.  Through a blend of digital and traditional printmaking and fiber techniques, she explores issues of marginalized subcultures, stereotypes, and coded language.  The work challenges the way American culture perceives and judges groups of people, as well as the way groups of people interact with one another.  While some pieces intentionally and consciously use stereotypes as a critique of their absurdity, others explore the issues through personal narratives.

More about Kristin Powers Nowlin can be found on her website.

Drive-By Press

lauraberman @ November 6, 2008


The KCAI printmaking department welcomed Drive-By Press to campus Nov. 5. Drive-By-Press, a mobile printmaking studio, talked about their experiences in a lecture in the Dodge Painting Building. The lecture was followed by an on-site printing demonstration by Joseph Velasquez and Katy Seals in the parking lot of Vanderslice Hall. Drive-By Press and KCAI students collaborated to print t-shirts with designs by Drive-By Press as well as student designs.

In the last two years, Drive-By Press has visited well over 100 Universities, Colleges and public schools, traveling over 100,000 miles to spread the contemporary relief printmaking canon and good cheer!


Photos by Philip Gresham

Improv at the Press

lauraberman @ July 1, 2008

In coordination with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art exhibition Print Lovers at 30: Celebrating Three Decades of Giving curated by Hugh Merrill (KCAI Printmaking and Foundation faculty), artists Laura Berman and Doug Baker (KCAI Printmaking faculty) and Michael Krueger (University of Kansas Printmaking faculty) publicly created a set of prints together that exhibit multiple concepts of “30″. Jesse Baker and Katherine Hair (KCAI Printmaking alumni) assisted the event.

The collaborative print event took place on Sunday, June 29 in the Ford Learning Center at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

strawberries for eyes

the beautiful onexxx

Explaining the workings of the universe

Print factory!L-R: LBerman, KHair, HMerrill, MKrueger, DBaker, JBaker

2nd Annual Road Roller Event

lauraberman @ May 5, 2008

2008 KCAI Road Roller Print Event Button

Stunted! , the 2nd Annual Road Roller Printmaking Event took place at Kansas City Art Institute on April 25, 2008, showcasing large-scale relief imagery relating to each participating artist’s daredevil and stuntperson side.

The event was led by KCAI Printmaking faculty Laura Berman and Kelly Clark and visiting artist Lloyd Patterson, and included participants from the printmaking programs at KCAI, University of Kansas (Lawrence) and University of Iowa (Iowa City).

Participating artists included: Adam Buritsoh, Alex Dworkin, Andrew Lindenboom, Andy Burkitt, Anja Sieger, Ben Jones, Bri Lauterbach, Brian Henkel, Brigette Poniewaz, Bryan Norris, Carlos Cazares, Chung inn Lee, Christopher Bostwick, Claudia Chagüi, Dan Crane, Ellie Honl, Erin Bogle, Erin Bratzler, Greg Daiker, Harmony Chapman, Isaiah Powers, Jenna Stanton, Jessica Norrod, Jessica Robles, Joe Lawlor, Keia Kato, Kelly Clark, Kelly Kearns, Lloyd Patterson, Ryan Lawrence, Sarah Brecko, Sarah Smith, Sean Minor, Will Burnip, William Stewart, Zach Stensen, Zech Ward, and Zoë Pedziwiatr.

A selection of work printed at the event was on exhibition at the KCAI Printmaking Gallery from April 27-May 3, 2008.

Even preparationPerfect printLoading up the next runSophomore Print Group ProjectIt takes buckets of ink

Printing shirts tooPrintmakers have the coolest shirtsKU’s CollaboprintBumpy PrintsThe full spectacle

Event photos by Isaiah Powers.