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'The Art of Intaglio: Contemporary Prints from the Wingate Collection' to open at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

"The Art of Intaglio: Contemporary Prints from the Wingate Studio Collection" will open Friday, Sept. 9, in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Harder Hall, on the Alfred University (AU) campus. The opening reception will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the gallery. There will be a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 7 and is co-curated by School of Art & Design Professors William Contino and Lise Lemeland.

Wingate Studio is a professional intaglio print workshop and publisher. Founded in 1985 by Peter Pettengill, Wingate publishes and produces original etchings, monotypes, and relief prints, in collaboration with contemporary artists and print publishers. Located on farmland in the Connecticut River valley of southwestern New Hampshire, the studio is equipped to produce large-scale color images using traditional intaglio and relief printing techniques.

At Wingate, artists work closely with printers in direct collaboration to create original prints and multiples. Wingate concentrates on building relationships through careful and thoughtful attention to each artist's ideas and practice, encouraging open ended and long-term collaboration.

Artists whose work is included in the exhibition are: Laylah Ali, Ahmed Alsoudani, Louise Bourgeois, Meghan Brady, Lesley Dill, Walton Ford, Karen Gelardi, John Gibson, Lemeland, Sol LeWitt, Jiha Moon, Aaron Noble, Richard Ryan, Neil Welliver and Joel Werring.

Lemeland, a painting professor, was first introduced to Wingate in 2007 when she collaborated with Pettengill and his staff to produce a series of six multi-colored aquatints. Although primarily a painter, Lemeland had some previous experience with printmaking and has collaborated with Contino in special topics courses that combine painting and printmaking.

Contino, also a painter, has been involved in teaching all types of printmaking at Alfred from woodcut to etching, to silkscreen and digital printing.

"This exhibition is not just a beautiful collection of prints… it will also provide a unusual window into the process of making a colored etching through evidence of six different state proofs of an amazing print by Walton Ford. Notations on the prints in addition to development of the print can be witnessed first-hand," says Lemeland, "We are incredibly lucky that Wingate is willing to lend Alfred University such a beautiful and rare collection of prints. Now we can show our students not only how they are made, but what contemporary painters can accomplish when they collaborate with a master printer such as Peter Pettengill."

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