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Five Alfred University students earn awards in printmaking competition

Five Alfred University students were among the top performers at the recent printmaking competition that included entrants from across the country.


ALFRED, NY – Five Alfred University students were among the top performers at the recent printmaking competition that included entrants from across the country.

 The students earned prizes at the Fifth Annual New Impressions Printmaking Competition. Entries were submitted between April 20 and Dec. 31, 2019; winners were notified in January. The competition, juried by a panel of influential printmakers, was sponsored by printmaking paper manufacturer Speedball.

Prize-winning Alfred University students were: Emily Martin, senior from Lancaster, NY, first place in the screen print category, honorable mention in etching; Chloe Strang, junior from Skaneateles, NY, first place in lithography; Katherine Kisiel, sophomore from Gansevoort, NY, second and third place in relief woodcuts category; Julia Lauer, sophomore from Palo Alto, CA, second place in screen print category; and Emma Koehn, senior from Webster, NY, second place in etching.

Winning students were awarded cash prizes toward Speedball products. The total winnings were also doubled and given in the form of products to the Alfred University Division of Expanded Media. In all, the five competitors earned $2,500 for the Division of Expanded Media.

Winning pieces will be featured at the Sawtooth School of Visual Arts Gallery in Winston-Salem, NC, and at the Speedball Booth of the 2020 Southern Graphics Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4.

This is the second straight year Martin and Lauer have won prizes in the New Impressions Printmaking Competition. Last year, Martin took first place in the monotype/monoprint category, and Lauer placed third in the relief printing category.

In the photo above, first-place entries from Alfred University students in the Fifth Annual New Impressions Printmaking Competition are: Chloe Strang, in the lithography category (left); and Emily Martin, in the screen print category (right).