Printeresting will continue to champion innovations in the international contemporary print community. The blog highlights the ways in which print serves art and design and influences popular culture. With original writing, collaborators Jason Urban, R.L. Tillman, and Amze Emmons raise awareness of print and espouse its relevance through informed and lively posts. Printeresting proposes that print is the language of the multiple and therefore the language of our contemporary world, from mass production to mass customization. The blog explores a wide range of multiples from an exhibition of Sandow Birk’s Callot-inspired woodblocks and Banksy’s stenciled graffiti on the streets of London to downloadable Iranian protest posters and fashionista pants adorned with patterns from Hokusai’s ukiyo-e images.Jason Urban is an artist, writer, designer, curator, and teacher living and working in Austin, Texas. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Urban earned his BFA from Kutztown University and his MA and MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. His prints, drawings, paintings, and installations have been featured in numerous venues both nationally and internationally. Urban teaches printmaking and foundations at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his current appointment, he was assistant professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he was head of the printmaking program. Urban has taught at a number of schools in the mid-Atlantic region, including Tyler School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Hussian School of Art, Goucher College, and Bucknell University.
R.L. Tillman is an artist, teacher, curator, and man-about-town based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has exhibited his work throughout the US and abroad, including as an invited participant at the 12th Print Triennial in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Third IMPACT Print Conference in Capetown, South Africa. He received an MA and MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. He earned a BA in art and political science at George Washington University and studied politics at Oxford University. He is the curator of the famed Minstallation Gallery, which in 2008 was named Best Little Show by Baltimore’s City Paper. Tillman is a fulltime instructor of printmaking at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. He received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions at Space 1026, Philadelphia; OHT Gallery, Boston; and Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited in group shows at venues including EFA Project Space and the International Print Center, New York; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington; the Des Moines Art Center; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; and the Print Center, Philadelphia. Emmons has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Iowa and is currently an associate professor of art at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.