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Anyone curious about an unlikely art technique still has time to check out some super-sized prints showcased at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus.


Really Big Prints is on display through Oct. 25 in the Aylward Gallery on the Fox Cities campusA reception will be held in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, prior to the fall concert of the Fox Valley Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public in the Communications Arts Center at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. 

Artists created pieces in the Really Big Prints collection using an unusual item–a street roller–to transfer the ink to the papers. Blocks as large as 32-by-60 inches are used to create the prints during the annual Really Big Prints event held each year on the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc campus. Relief printing is the process of rolling ink onto a block where recessed areas have been created and are ink free. The inked surface is brought into firm contact with the paper to create the print. 

“I love that students get to see a number of styles in a similar format created with the same process,” Lynn Zetzman, Aylward Gallery director said. “There are works that are figurative, abstract, spare, baroque, happy, dark and funny. Because they all started with a large piece of plywood, which was carved and mostly printed in black, there is a unity within all the diversity. I think it is a grand spectacle for this term’s drawing class students.” 

Gail Panske, art professor at UW Oshkosh, Oshkosh campus, and Sam Jarosz ’16, fine arts graduate, are among those with pieces included in the exhibit.

The Aylward Gallery brings recognized artists to the UWO, Fox Cities campus for exhibitions, public lectures, demonstrations and workshops. The visiting artists offer students and the community insights into new ideas in contemporary art. The gallery hosts seven exhibitions a year. 

For more information, visit the Aylward Gallery website or call (920) 832-2824. 

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