On Monday September 26, our Printmaking program hosted New York artist April Vollmer, whose book on the history and contemporary practice of mokuhanga, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop was released in 2015. Vollmer gave a public lecture at noon and visited four of our classes.

Printmaking Visiting Artist April Vollmer met with students in four classes in addition to giving a public lecture in Osher Hall on Monday, September 26. Photo: Annabelle Collette '22

Printmaking Chair and Art & Entrepreneurship Coordinator Adriane Herman noted that it was fitting that Vollmer gave the first public lecture since Spring 2020, as Vollmer has decades of experience teaching and spreading this versatile and accessible water-based go-to for artists seeking ways to work at home and without toxic materials or fumes.

In addition to exhibiting her prints, Vollmer's work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. Her autobiographical work concerns the patterns and contradictions of the natural world.

During her classroom visits, Vollmer shared prints and artist books with students and discussed how she has parlayed her passion for mokuhanga into a career. We are so grateful for her insights and participation!

Coming up next week (at noon on Monday, October 3), we look forward to hosting Raul De Lara as a part of the Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series. Doors will open for the public to attend this live event in Osher Hall at 11:40am.