Friday, December 26, 2008

Endangered Species Series

Here are five paintings I did for the Endangered Species Series I, which will eventually be included in a book about endangered species. I'm selling limited edition giclées (high resolution reproductions) at Lakeview Art Supply in Chicago. A percentage of the profit earned from the sales of the series will be donated to the nonprofit organization, created by Dr. Stuart L. Pimm, 2006 winner of the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, the Nobel of the ecology world. uses donated funds for the conservation of land to mitigate the destruction of the natural habitats of endangered species.

Amy A. Rudberg. Asian Elephant. Endangered
Species Series I. 2008. Ink, watercolor, gouache
on watercolor paper, 12" x 16".

Amy A. Rudberg. Bengal Tiger. Endangered
Species Series I. Ink, watercolor, gouache
on watercolor paper, 12" x 16".

Amy A. Rudberg. Black Rhinocerous. Endangered
Species Series I. Ink, watercolor, gouache
on watercolor paper, 12" x 16".

Amy A. Rudberg. Giant Panda. Endangered
Species Series I. Ink, watercolor, gouache
on watercolor paper, 12" x 16".

Amy A. Rudberg. Western Lowland Gorilla.
Endangered Species Series I. Ink, watercolor,
gouache on watercolor paper, 12" x 16".

Monday, December 8, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Dennis B. O'Malley

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Dennis O'Malley. Chicago Loyola
University at the Water Tower
Etching, watercolor, chine-collé,
5 3/4" x 7 1/4".

An admitted lifelong lover of the city of Chicago, Dennis B. O'Malley is a printmaker who focuses on Chicago landscapes. In 1995, he was introduced to printmaking at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and has been working there ever since. His printmaking generally involves etching with watercolor and chine-collé.

Dennis O'Malley. Michigan Avenue
and Wacker Drive at the river
Etching, watercolor, chine-collé,
5 3/4" x 7 1/4".

"Printmaking concentration can be in intaglio printing, monotypes, Polaroid transfer. I seem to gravitate especially to the etching process, a form of intaglio printmaking, which began in the Middle Ages and was popularized by Durer, Rembrandt and James Whistler. Intaglio printing refers to lines etched or drawn into the surface of a metal plate (either zinc or copper). The plate is dipped in acid, which etches the lines into the plate. Ink is rolled over the plate and then, the plate and paper are run through the press, transferring the ink to the paper. Etching produces special aesthetic results because of the various choices of papers, inks, and printing techniques. I usually finish my pieces with watercolor and chine-collé."

Dennis O'Malley. Chicago Parking Lot E US
. Etching, watercolor, chine-collé,
5 1/2" x 4".

His recent exhibitions include: Illinois Artisans Program Exhibitor, State of Illinois Thompson Center, 2008; Made in Illinois, Robert Morris Gallery, Springfield, IL, 2007; Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Collaborative Show, 2007; INK, Works from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Park Forest, IL, 2007; The Chicago Art Open, Chicago Artist Coalition Annual Show, 2007; Beyond Boundaries Art Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 2006; Xtreme Art Show, 4ART Gallery, 2006; Beverly Art Center Show, Chicago, 2007; Art Edge IX, BAC, Barrington, IL, 2006.

Dennis O'Malley. Chicago 1060 W. Addison
from the El
. Etching, watercolor, chine-collé,
10 3/4" x 7 1/2".

For more information on Dennis and his art, go to

Saturday, December 6, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Grand Opening

This blog is part of a series about participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Today and tomorrow, Dec. 7th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the CPC will be celebrating the grand opening of the CPC Small Print Show. The great thing about the opening is that you can meet a lot of the participating artists, who would be glad to answer any questions you may have about their work. The following artists were at CPC today when I was there this afternoon.

Susanna Crum

Christine Gendre-Bergere

Michael Goro

Sarah Kaiser

Carol Lader

Kim Laurel

Dennis O'Malley

Megan Sterling (left)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Ruth Moscovitch

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

A life-long Chicagoan, Ruth Moscovitch recently moved with her husband to the New York metropolitan area. A founding member of the Chicago Printmakers Workshop in the early 1970s, a former attorney, and a printmaker, she currently works with two New York printmaking groups -- the Manhattan Graphics Center and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In her prints, she tries to capture the visual landscapes of Chicago and Manhattan, and the industrial landscapes of New Jersey. She uses traditional etching techniques, including intaglio, aquatint, chine-collé, soft and hard grounds, drypoint, and spit bite.

Ruth Moscovitch. Neighborhood Castles. 2008.

"I love vintage buildings and water towers. I use subtle colors and textures to express the feel of old bricks and stone including old lace curtains and other fabrics and even Bounty paper towels. I like the whimsy for example of a terracotta Greek temple sitting atop a dinghy old commercial building or the fanciful details that make an ordinary apartment building seem like a fortified castle. I also like buildings that have been recycled: the bank that is now a community ballroom; the elegant façade that now houses a currency exchange. The other landscapes that draw me are the vast open spaces near these cities. Riding the train into Manhattan from New Jersey, I am fascinated by the open wetlands, dotted with bridges, decaying factories and marching columns of towers carrying high tension power lines. In Illinois, there is the flat, flat prairie, where barns and silos, instead of tall buildings, dominate the view."

Ruth Moscovitch. Water Towers. 2008.

Ruth's exhibitions include prints on display at Café Selmarie in Lincoln Square, Chicago, 2008; solo shows at Harold Washington College, Chicago, and Manhattan Graphics Center, New York City, 2007 and 2008; groups shows at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Manhattan Graphics Center, Spring Street Studio in Manhattan, Siren's Song Gallery in Greenport, NY, and the Art Studio in Brookside, New Jersey.

For more information on Ruth and her art, go to

CPC Small Print Show: Michael Goro

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

I first interviewed Michael Goro for ArtStyle Blog in October, 2007. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Michael studied architecture at Leningrad Academy of Art and Design, eventually moved to the US and received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently teaches at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he is responsible for drawing and design classes as well as for developing the printmaking program. His intricate prints include the full spectrum of intaglio printmaking techniques, ranging from Renaissance engraving to digital photogravure.

Michael Goro. Wheel of Fortune.
Etching / engraving, 8" x 8".

"My art is a continuous creative search for raw authenticity in urban environments and human forms that are constantly changing. Individuals change as they experience life and cities develop and/or decay through time. People and places have history and experience. Cities are weathered by time and through use, taking on a personality of their own from the people and the elements that have interacted with them. It is a combination of all of these factors that creates authenticity.

"Looking for subject matter I find simple things that we see every day, things that become symbolic once they are taken out of context. I experiment with the juxtaposition of places, faces, and architectural designs that reflect my diverse personal experiences. My story is a vivid illustration of the end of the last century, a time of deconstruction, discontinuity, and dislocation.

"I find that black-and-white prints convey contradictory images better than any other medium by reducing them to the most basic color contrast."

Michael Goro. Listen to Your Master's Voice.
Etching / engraving, 7" x 9".

Michael's recent exhibitions include: The 7th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints (Fourth Prize), Ino-cho Paper Museum, Ino-cho Kochi-ken, Japan, 2008; Kulisiewicz International Graphic Arts Triennial IMPRINT, Place of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland, 2008; Art of Democracy, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Chicago, 2008; 9th International Biennial The Masters of Drawing and Graphic Art (by invitation only), Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary, 2007; PRINT-Internationale Grafiktriennale Krakau Oldenburg Wien, Knstlerhaus, Vienna, 2007; Brush and Needle, Prints and Paintings by Mat Barber Kennedy and Michael Goro, MBK Gallery, Chicago, 2007; Anchors of Identity, Recent work by Michael Goro, Vespine Gallery, Chicago, 2006; The 14th Seoul Space International Print Biennial (Excellent Prize), Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, 2006; 3rd LUC Print Biennial Competition, Loyola University, Chicago, 2006.

Michael Goro. Call of the Wild.
Etching / engraving, 5" x 5".

For more information on Michael and his art, go to

Saturday, November 29, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Kyra Termini

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kyra Termini studied printmaking, fiber, and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute in MO. She worked as a print assistant for the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, designed and printed broadsides for poets, and created artwork for an album. As a member of the Deadline Projects Artist Group, she participated in different shows with the group until her move to St. Louis, MO, where she currently teaches screen printing at the Evil Print Printshop. Although she works predominantly with etching and aquatint, she also does screen printing and woodcuts.

Kyra Termini. Definition of a Drop Spindle.
Kansas City at the H&R Block Space. 2005.
This was from my senior thesis show.

"For me function and beauty have always gone hand in hand. The beauty is in the making of the object, the shirt on your back, the plate you eat from, even the mode of conveyance in which you choose to travel. In modern society we have neglected the beauty aspect by mass producing objects and allowing the general public to be blissfully ignorant from production to waste. As the wide-ranging physical impact of this ignorance continues to show up in our daily lives, I aim to demonstrate the simple beauty of everyday objects and the impact that the change form ignorance can achieve."

Kyra Termini. Equus Ferus, Wild Horse.
Series Extinct In The Wild. 2008.
Monotype on woodblock.

Kyra's exhibitions include: Marwen Holiday Sale, At Marwen Alumni Gallery, Chicago, 2008; Art Of Democracy at the CPC,Chicago, 2008; Squircle, Happy Dog Gallery for DP Deadline Projects, Chicago, 2008; Alumni Group Exhibition at Marwen Gallery 21, Chicago, 2006 to 2008; Beyond Boundaries, a traveling postcard exhibition at the CPC, various locations in the US, 2008; Life, Happy Dog Gallery for DP, Chicago, 2008; Big Bold Black & White Print Show, CPC, Chicago, 2007; This Is For You, Happy Dog Gallery for DP, Chicago, 2007; 2546 W. Chicago, Curated by Nicholas Kashian, Chicago, 2006; House Party, YCA Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, 2006; Open Sesa-Splat, Splat Flats in Wicker Park on Division Street, Chicago, 2006; Lumbart,Splat Flats, Chicago, 2006; Spun, presented for Opt In, Revisioning America at the Music Garage, Kansas City, MO, 2005; Post/Pre-Consumer Yarn Wrangling, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery in the Crossroads Art District, Kansas City, MO, 2005.

Kyra Termini. Epalzeorhynchos Bicolor,
Red Tailed Shark
. Series Extinct In The Wild.
2008. Monotype on woodblock.

For more information on Kyra and her art, go to her blog at and the group Deadline Projects at

CPC Small Print Show: Layne Jackson

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Layne Jackson runs a full-service design studio, providing fine arts, illustration and teaching workshops to businesses. Born in Texas and educated in Toronto and Ontario in Canada, and the University of Texas at Austin, Layne worked as an art director for a magazine in France and a newspaper in Texas, and as a designer of collateral materials for a computer firm. Her teaching includes mural projects with over 1000 school children and art classes for hundreds of adults. She currently provides creativity workshops for businesses by bringing in art directors and artists to hold workshops for "right brain thinking."

Layne Jackson. Boy with sister in wheelbarrow.
2008. Screen print.

Layne Jackson. Ten seconds of silence.
2008. Screen print.

"I have newly come to printmaking as a way of increasing the possibilities of my narrative work. I have several hundred pen drawings and am using them to create silk-screen statements. A new project 10 Seconds of Silence came about due to a lack of quiet in the world, and the realization that the snapshots that I've collected and worked with for twenty years were created in about '10 seconds of silence,' the time it took to pose and snap the shot."

Her recent exhibitions include: New Work on Paper, solo exhibition, Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, 2007; The Artists’ Project/Artropolis, Chicago Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 2008; Barbie meets G.I. Joe, Koehnline Museum, Oakton College, Chicago, 2007; Ox-Bow Benefit Invitational, SAIC, Chicago, IL, 2007; Children’s Memorial Hospital Benefit, Chicago, 2006; Ox-Bow Benefit, SAIC, Chicago, 2006; Bill of Rights, MUSIC GARAGE, Chicago, 2006; NOVA Art Fair, Chicago Artist Museum, Chicago, 2006; Chicago Art Foundation Invitational, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 2006.

Layne has a storefront gallery at 1941 W Division Street, opened Sundays 1-6 p.m., by chance or by appointment. For more information on Layne and her art, go to

Friday, November 28, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Sarah Kaiser

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Born in Northern Kentucky and having lived in many different states while growing up, Sarah Kaiser currently lives and works in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting and printmaking from Colorado State University, and an MA in art history and an MFA in painting from the University of Chicago. Her art includes screen printing and etching, and she sometimes combines techniques to enhance colors and textures -- printing on collaged elements (chine-collé) or painting or drawing on prints.

Sarah Kaiser. Emergency Series, #8. 2008.
Oil painted silkscreen, 8" x 11".

"Emergency Series is from an Emergency Procedures pamphlet I took from the seat pocket of an airplane last year. This screen print illustrates my interest in banal and detached figures; particularly, such images are mass produced with the intent of pacifying the public, and creating the illusion of security. In real life, a person in this situation would never appear so serene, but it was an opportunity to play with the post 9-11 fears of flying as well as the power of images to pacify the public. "

Sarah Kaiser. Phrasal Verb Chickens. 2008.
Etching with chine-collé, 6" x 8".

"The image Phrasal Verb Chickens was inspired by teaching ESL. Before I taught art, I taught English. When I taught a lesson on Phrasal Verbs, which are two-or three-word verb phrases, the students thought that 'chicken out' was funny. They told me other idioms in Spanish, such as a Mono con cuchillo (Monkey with a Knife). In Spanish, this means a person with a credit card. The lesson got really interesting when we approached all of the 'get' verbs -- get off, get out, get on, get up, etc. One of the students knew the alternative get off' meaning that pertains to I had to explain the concept to the rest of the students. Needless to say, it was a bit awkward to do so."

Sarah's work is on display at Framingmode Gallery in Chicago and at the American Academy of Art, where she teaches. Her recent exhibitions include: Art From the Edge: an AIDS Benefit, New York, December, 2008; Group Show, Framingmode Gallery, Chicago, 2008; Chicago Art Open, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 2008; Emerging Artist Exhibit, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, 2008; Faster, Cheaper, Bolder, Silkscreen works on objects, fabric and paper, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2008; Tie One On, A Benefit Auction to Support Art Education at Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, 2008; Subject/Object, American Academy of Art, Chicago, 2007; Corporate Gallery Artist Exhibit, Northwest Cultural Council, Rolling Meadows, IL, 2007; The Child in You, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2007; Moving On, Mon Amour, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2007.

For more information on Sarah and her art, go to

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Anatole Upart

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Anatole Upart, born in Minsk, Belarus, is a printmaker, painter, designer, and illustrator residing in Chicago. He started art school from an early age in Minsk and then emigrated to the US to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to study printmaking. In addition to painting and printmaking, for the past eight years, he has focused on lamp and furniture design. His works are in private collections in the US, Belarus, Israel, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Germany. He reveals that his artistic influences have been "misplaced objects around me and by observing the ones I love."

Anatole Upart. On The Sidewalk. 2008.
Etching, aquatint, 6" x 9".

"I do etching, woodcut and occasionally lithography. The techniques are pretty traditional and conservative: chine-collé, line etching, aquatint, monotype, wood engraving, and chiaroscuro woodcut. I prefer a closer work with plates (copper or wood), drawing directly on them, and slowly building the image through differently timed etches, continuously proofing to see the progress. I am interested in avoiding a style for the sake of a method -- a direct observation, a form of witnessing reality."

Anatole Upart. Her Robe.
2008. Etching, 9" x 4".

In addition to CPC shows, Anatole's exhibitions include: Impressions: Contemporary Illinois Printmakers and Just Say No! Chicago Artists Against The War, The Chicago Athenaeum, Schaumburg, IL, 2003; Artists on the Belarusian Independence Day, St. George Belarusian Church, Chicago, 2002; SPECTRUM: Contemporary Art of Chicago, The Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg, IL; Anatole Upart and Eva Panek, paintings and prints, 1418 N. North Park, Chicago, 2001; Land Beneath White Wings: Belarusian Artists in Chicago, The Chicago Athenaeum at Schaumburg, IL, 2001; Decade of Printmaking, Bellow Lowndes Fine Art, Chicago, 2000.

Anatole Upart. April's Shoes. 2008. Etching, 6" x 9".

For more information on Anatole and his art, go to He can be contacted at

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Christine Gendre-Bergère

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Christine Gendre-Bergère was born and raised in Orleans, France, and moved to Paris to study, work, and raise a family. A largely self-taught artist, she has worked in intaglio printmaking and illustrating, notably in the communications field. She engraves on copper plates and uses different techniques, including etching, drypoint, mezzotint, and aquatint. When printmaking, Christine reveals that she explores the possibilities of the juxtaposition of several plates -- a game with transparency, movement, and evolution.

Christine Gendre-Bergère.
Self-portrait with an apron--1958-2008. 2008.
Edition: 10. Etching, 2 colors, paper, 15" x 15".

"If I delightfully use the most traditional intaglio techniques (dry point, mezzotint and aquatint), it is to better explore the mundane, the refusal of the orderly and disorderly status quo and the lightness of day-to-day existence.

"I draw my inspiration from two main sources: literature and everyday life. I edited an artist's book based on a novel by Samuel Beckett, Molloy, for which I created a series of etchings. My other interest is everyday life and social norms, with humor and a touch of noir, in the tradition of early printmakers such as Goya and Daumier. For example, L'avenir est Radieux, (The Future is Bright) is an alphabet book of vowels, using 'A for Aviaire'(Avian flu), 'O for Ozone,' and so forth. The true tale of Cinderella (text and print) offers an impertinent and feminist reading of the Perrault tale.

"In 2008, I worked on Hiroshima's theme Black rains, a series of prints at the frontier of war and peace, literature and movies."

Christine Gendre-Bergère.
I'm acting in a film. 2008.
Edition: 6. Etching, 2 colors,
paper, 15" x 22".

Christine is represented by the following galleries in France:
La Hune-Brenner (my main galery)
3 rue Ravignan
75018 PARIS
Métro : Abbesses
tél. 33 (0) 1 43 25 54 06

Galerie Michèle Broutta
31 rue des Bergers
750015 PARIS
Métro : Javel
tél. 33 (0) 1 45 77 93 71

L'espace du dedans
28 rue de Gand
59000 LILLE
tél. 33 (0) 3 20 14 38 89

Her recent exhibitions in France include: Recent prints, Centre de santé Jean Moulin, Champigny, 2008; Nevertheless - recent prints, Mairie d’Orsay -La Bouvêche, 2008; Pluies noires - suite gravée, Galerie La Hune-Brenner,
2008; Images gravées, images roulées, Hommage à Samuel Beckett, Librairie Le Merle Moqueur, Paris, 2006.

Christine Gendre-Bergère. The cat of Apollinaire.
2008. Edition: 10. Etching, paper, 11.8" x 15.7".

For more information on Christine and her art, visit the following:
Christine's website
Art Point France, gallery on the web

Monday, November 24, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Karinna Gomez

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Born and raised in California, Karinna Gomez is currently working towards earning a BA in Art Theory and Practice and Psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In addition to her classes, she works as a curatorial and conservation aide at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art in Evanston. Exposed to printmaking at an early age, she combines etchings and ballpoint pen drawings. She makes line etchings and then veils aquatint over her drawings, and often burnishes away areas of the aquatint. She reveals that the way she creates her etchings is similar to her approach to creating her own imagery -- both are invested in the hidden things of darkness.

Karinna Gomez. Nest Field. 2008.
Etching and aquatint, 4" x 3".

Karinna Gomez. Sleepy Grizzly. 2008.
Etching and aquatint, 9" x 8".

"My mother is also a printmaker (and sculptor), and I grew up around her etchings. I think that not only did her work instill a love for etchings but also and a need to learn to make them myself. Her imagery is slightly magical, and this I believe has also influenced the way that I make images. Beyond this foundational influence, my imagery comes as a stream of consciousness in my drawings, which I create in book form. I then make my etchings directly from my drawings, utilizing the nuances of etching to inform the imagery that began with a ballpoint pen.

"In my printmaking, I’m concerned with night and its imaginative and psychological depiction, and am compelled by the peculiar, fearful, and yet strangely comforting feelings generated by either being in or longing for dark environments. The drawings and etchings that I make show animals and sleepy humans in dark landscapes, and most recently, houses burrowed underground. Though their imagery is the same, my drawings and etchings communicate different qualities of darkness through their renderings. The dense and yet delicate crosshatching of the drawings appears soft, alluding to perception in the dark. In my etchings, I use aquatint to veil detailed line etching, blanketing the imagery with a kind of darkness. Together the drawings and etchings respond to human relationships with darkness through a recollection of imaginary occupancies within it."

Karinna Gomez. Looking for a Bed. 2008.
Etching and aquatint, 9" x 8".

Karinna Gomez. Buried House. 2008.
Etching and aquatint, 5" x 4".

Her exhibitions include: Night Vision: Printing Darkness, Colonel Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Grand Forks, ND, 2008, and Brown Wrapper's 2nd National Juried Portfolio Competition for Undergraduate Students; Annual Undergraduate Art Theory & Practice Art Show, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2005, 2006, 2007; Ceremony of Tea, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, 2005; Barnes & Noble, solo exhibition, Stockton, CA, 2005.

Karinna has a profile on and can be reached at email

Sunday, November 23, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Cynthia King

This blog is part of a series of interviews of participating artists / printmakers in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

Born in Jamaica, Queens (New York City), Cynthia King grew up in upstate New York and now resides in Chicago. Cynthia has studied at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI; University of Chicago; and State University of New York, Buffalo. A former systems analyst, she specializes in lithography and Xerox transfer printmaking and combines a variety of techniques -- cutouts, stencils, and chine-collé, with drypoint or etching. Her current robot series is based on Darkdevil County, a computer adventure game, for which she has done extensive hand animation and background drawing as well as computer programming.

Cynthia King. Security Robot,
Darkdevil County Series. 2008.
Xerox transfer, 7" x 10".

Cynthia King. Darkdevil Hospital #1,
Darkdevil County Series. 2008.
Xerox transfer, 8" x 8".

"I've had a blog,, for nearly 5 years. It started out as a personal art blog, but I got caught up in the Barack Obama senate campaign and blogged about politics very heavily during his primary and election. I'm also active in the computer games community at Adventure Games Studio, and am developing the Darkdevil County game. My previous paid job was as a systems analyst, so I am combining all of my interests in creating the game. I'm very much into robots right now, which is reflected in my prints."

Cynthia King. Robot #13,
Darkdevil County Series. 2008.
Xerox transfer, 6" x 4".

Cynthia often shows her work at Spudnik Press and at the print shop at the Evanston Art Center in the basement of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, where she is the studio monitor and runs the open studio on Fridays.

Her recent exhibitions include: Upcoming exhibition, Morpho Gallery, December, 2008; Beyond Boundaries, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, postcards and traveling show; NSAL Printworks, 2008; School of the Art Institute Ox-Bow Benefit, 2008; Evanston Art Center 1st Winter Print Show, 2008; The Man Show, Mars Gallery,Chicago, 2007; Peace Tower, Chicago Cultural Center, 2007; Spudnik Press, Chicago, 2007; Luckystar Studio, Chicago, 2007; School of the Art Institute Ox-Bow Winter Benefit Auction, 2007; Green Lantern, Mineral Point, MI, 2006; Past – Tense, 6th Annual Postcard Exchange Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2006; Morpho Gallery, Chicago, 2006; Sacred Art, Chicago, 2006; Friends of the Wilmette Public Library 25th Juried Art Show, 2006; John Galt Gallery, Chicago, 2006; Evanston Art Center Spring Benefit Art Auction, 2006; Human Pixel Project, 3 Columns, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2006.

For more information on Cynthia and her art, go to and

Saturday, November 22, 2008

CPC Small Print Show: Preview November 22

This blog is part of a series about the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Print Show.

2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Deborah Maris Lader. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Today, I went to the CPC Small Print Show preview, which Deborah Maris Lader (owner of CPC) said is a working session for us and an open invitation to the public to view the art before the show's grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 6th. While Deborah set up a rack for t-shirts, I worked on putting labels on additional postcards about the show. Soon people starting coming in to browse and shop, and I talked to some of them about the show.

2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Cathy Jacobi, a sculptor who has a studio at CPC, creates sculptures using anatomy as a basis for understanding forms. She is also a partner at Ted Studios, a design communication firm. Among her favorite prints in the show: Duffy O'Connor's Duckie Celebration, George Bodmer's One Afternoon Lydia Moves Downtown, and Eva Christensen's Bunny Journey.

Cathy Jacobi. 2008 CPC Small Print Show.
Photo: Amy Rudberg

Duffy O'Connor. Duckie Celebration.
2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Eva Christensen. Bunny Journey.
2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Cynthia King, one of the artists in the show, said her favorite prints in the show include those created by Megan Jensen-Sterling, Evan Silver and Deb Lader, Kristen Lindseth, Ray Maseman, Yue Chen, and Bianca Juarez.

Cynthia King. 2008 CPC Small Print Show.
Photo: Amy Rudberg

    (left to right) Megan Jensen-Sterling's Delicate Conjunction,collography / embossing; Evan Silver and Deb Lader's Emo Squirrel in Emoland, screenprint and lithography. "I love their combination of techniques."

    Photo: Amy Rudberg

    Kristin Lindseth's Mirador de Jaen, intalgio. "I like the combination of aquatint and the nice deep bite line and appreciate the technical ability to create the color gradations."

    Photo: Amy Rudberg

    Bianca Juarez's Four Monkeys, etching. "It's a monkey puzzle that is delightful and well printed. It's simple and sweet."

    Photo: Amy Rudberg

George Bodmer, another artist in the show, said his favorites include Christine Gendre-Bergere, Bert Menco, Alex Chitty, Ray Maseman, and Megan Sterling.

George Bodmer. 2008 CPC Small Print Show.
Photo: Amy Rudberg

Ray Maseman. Whirligig. Multi-plate etching.
2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

Alex Chitty. Idol Hands. Etching on cloth.
2008 CPC Small Print Show. Photo: Amy Rudberg

The next preview of the show will be Saturday, Nov. 29th, noon to 5 p.m.