Turner to Present Annual Chico State Student Printmakers and Ink/Clay Exhibition, April 29th-May 14th

Promo PhotoThe 18th Annual Juried Student Print Exhibition & Ink/Clay at the Janet Turner Print Museum takes place April 29-May 14 and will feature cutting edge printmaking and clay works, giving viewers a sense of the developing artist experience of the art world as expressed in newly created student work.

The exhibition will be juried by mixed media/printmaking artist and educator Matthew Hopson-Walker.

“The jury process is an important component of this exhibition because it gives students the opportunity to have their work viewed by an outside professional while showing it in a professional setting,” said Turner Museum curator Catherine Sullivan. "They can see themselves in relation to other artists while the juror gives them constructive criticism. For many it will be the first time they see their art with their peers presented in a professional setting."

Hopson-Walker is a prolific artist whose works exhibit strong graphic influences. On his website — matthewhopsonwalker.com — he writes that his art “is inspired by the complexities of adulthood as filtered through the moralizing and exaggerated emotions of childhood entertainment: video games, the Three Stooges, heavy metal, and comic books like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Hopson-Walker received his B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998, and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa a few years later. In 2006 He was recipient of the James Phelan Award in Printmaking for California born artists given through the KALA Institute. Hopson-Walker is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at College of the Sequoias and CSU, Fresno. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks, North Dakota; the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge, Connecticut; the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte, California; the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum of Art; and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

A joint awards announcement/reception with the University Art Gallery and the BMU 3rd Floor Gallery, all of which are having student exhibitions, will take place May 2 at 5 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (PAC 134).

Following the awards announcement, all galleries will be open to the public.

Many types of printmaking techniques will be featured in The Turner exhibition, including relief, intaglio, screen prints and ceramics.

Ten years ago the Turner curator decided to include clay works in this end-of-school-year student exhibition because both art forms share a sense of surface texture, detail, hand manipulation, and color, said Sullivan.

"This exhibition, along with the BMU 3rd Floor Gallery and the University Art Gallery student exhibitions, puts the freshest of student produced work into a two block area on campus," said Sullivan. "If you want to know what artists are involved in right now, what they see as art dialog, you should come to all three exhibitions!"

As part of this exhibit a select number of prints by CSU, Chico printmaking alums will be displayed in the Ayres Hall first floor cases on the CSU, Chico campus, 1st and Salem streets.

The Turner is located in the Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups and classes can go to the Turner website -- www.theturner.org -- to make arrangements to view exhibits outside the public hours and docent tours. For more information, call Sullivan at 898-4476 or email csullivan@csuchico.edu.