Two exhibitions will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Normal Editions Workshop at Illinois State University.
Normal Editions was founded in 1976 to publish limited edition fine art prints in a professional print research setting, create new artwork, educate and develop appreciation for print media.
“Over the years, the studio has hosted over 150 guest artists who collaborate with our team of students, staff and faculty at Wonsook Kim School of Art, creating over 300 works of art,” said the director and interim master of the Normal Editions workshop. Printer Veda Rives Aukerman.
The Milner Library presents a retrospective of selected works from normal editions created over the past 45 years in Collaborative Explorations: Selected Prints from the Normal Editions Workshop. The exhibition will run from October 21 to December 11, with a reception on November 30.
The university galleries are hosting a juried exhibition of prints organized by Normal Editions based on recent works created by American and Canadian artists in Beyond the 2022 standard from October 27 to December 18, with an opening reception on October 27.
Collaborative Explorations: Selected Prints from the Normal Editions Workshop
From October 21 to December 11, 2022
Benway Student Art Exhibit Area
Milner Library, Floor 2
The exhibition will highlight 48 works by 46 artists selected over the decades. The works were created through a team approach with students, faculty and staff during the short-term residency with national and international artists, who also gave talks on campus and in the community as part of their stay at Illinois State.
A meet and greet with the Normal Editions team will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30 in the Benway Student Art Exhibit area on the 2nd floor of the Milner Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Digital representations of the Workshop’s collection of Normal Editions for research and study are online at the Milner Library’s Digital Collections and Normal Editions websites.
Beyond the 2022 standard
October 27-December 18, 2022
11 Circle Uptown, Normal
The exhibition will feature 38 prints by 29 artists who responded to the international call for a juried exhibition. On display will be a “wonderful variety of methods and content produced by print media today,” Aukerman said. “This includes traditional, contemporary and innovative techniques.”
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at the University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, Normal. Exhibit juror Carmon Colangelo will give a public lecture at 3:00 p.m. Colangelo is Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Events will also include a roundtable on printmaking at 3 p.m. on November 1 at the University Galleries. The panel will consist of Acting Director Veda Rives Aukerman; assistant professor of art history Saskia Beranek; University Galleries Registrar Lisa Lofgren; and Assistant Professor of Printmaking Teaching Alexander Martin. The panel is hosted by graduate student Holly Filsinger.
A Jury’s Choice award winner will have a future collaboration with Normal Editions to produce a print edition, and a University Galleries award winner will have a future solo exhibition in the University Galleries project space. These winners and four additional merit awards will be announced during the opening events on October 27.
University Galleries programming includes excursion programs, curator-led tours, and workshops available by appointment throughout the exhibition. Refunds are available for K-12 schools or community organizations to offset transportation costs. Please contact University Galleries at [email protected] or (309) 438-5487 to schedule an appointment.
The exhibition and programming are supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Harold K. Sage Fund.
Those who need to arrange accommodations to attend exhibition-related events can contact University Galleries at [email protected] or call (309) 438-5487.