University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Artists Conduct Workshops in Oaxaca

From Left to Right: Professor Michael Flanagan, Workshop Coordinators Alilí Lopez and Hildebrando Gomez, and Professor Max White

From Left to Right: Professor Michael Flanagan, Workshop Coordinators Alilí Lopez and Hildebrando Gomez, and Professor Max White

Since 2009 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater artists have visited the city of Oaxaca in Mexico to participate in art related activities. Last week UW-Whitewater faculty again conducted art workshops for students and professional artists in Oaxaca.  Professors Michael Flanagan and Max White completed a week of workshops on January 13, 2014 hosted by the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO).

Two students working mats for prints before framing.

Preparing mats in the museum studies workshop

Professor Flanagan’s workshop in museum studies culminated in an exhibition of mounted works drawn from the UABJO and the private collection of Alilí Lopez. Students were instructed in the basics of exhibit conceptualization, preparation, and gallery use.

Professor White conducted  a workshop in solar plate graphics, a relatively new set of techniques using photo sensitive plates for graphic prints that are environment and artist friendly when compared to the traditional uses of acid in etching and lithography. Professor White, an accomplished artist in printmaking, drawing, and digital images, has recently developed an expertise in these processes which are only now becoming generally known in the art world.

Professor of Art Max White and students in the solar plate graphics workshop

Professor of Art Max White and students in the solar plate graphics workshop

Students in the workshop learned the basics of this approach to print making and produced several of their own “solar” prints during the week of instruction.

Congratulations are also due to Professor White whose professional work is on exhibit at the UABJO Dirección de Arte y Cultura gallery for the remainder of January, 2014. The show, entitled “Invoking Drala,” is a sampling of Professor White’s digital prints and drawings.

Special thanks for the workshops go to Lic. Flavio Morales, Director of the Divison of Art and Culture at UABJO, Lic. Jorge Ortíz Rivera, Associate Director, and their staff who graciously assisted our every need related to the workshops. Coordinators Alilí Lopez and Hildebrando Gomez also deserve special credit. Their personal attention and remarkable ability to get things done quickly were much appreciated. And we should not forget the translation services of Mariana Aragón de Jarman and Claudia Mejía, without whom the workshops could not have been conducted.

A few photographs from the workshops are shown in the gallery below.


Museum Studies and Solar Plate Graphics Workshops at UABJO

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