News & Announcements
Art Student Presents at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital
Patricia Melton of the Department of Art's Digital/Experimental Media program recently presented her work at the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the capital in Topeka on February 15th. Patricia project "The Cicada: Interactive Art Promoting Healthier Human-Insect Relationships" is an exploration of alternative modes of interaction with living organisms. The interactive Cicada invites the participant to interact by applying pressure and responding by triggering sound, images and video. Only 5 K-State students were selected by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry for this prestigious event. Congratulations, Patricia!
KSU Printmakers recognized at Highly Regarded Show
Scuilla Secures National Endowment for the Arts Grants to Support Sustainable Printmaking
The National Endowment for the Arts has given K-State a $20,000 Art Works grant to support " Transforming Printmaking through Chemical Innovation," a collaborative project to transfer safer, sustainable technology from the electronics and biotech industries into fine art printmaking.
Jason Scuilla, associate professor of art, will collaborate with Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, to lead a team of artists, scientists and students to research, develop and refine electrochemical etching processes and green biosolvents, empowering artists to create prints in a safer and more effective manner.
Biodiesel-based cleaners release no volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, an are virtually nontoxic to artists and the environment. Innovative etching methods can eliminate caustic acids and environmentally hazardous waste disposal.
"It's very important to artists that these materials are safer, more affordable and perform as well or better than traditional, more toxic methods," Scuilla said.
Results will be rigorously tested by a consortium of invited artists, master printers, students and educators, who will create a suite of prints for traveling exhibition and continued education of printmakers around the world.
Scuilla's mastery of electrolytic etching techniques has been recognized internationally in the scientific and print communities. He has lectured and demonstrated at universities, conferences, art centers and print shops throughout the U. S. and Europe. His earlier research has been recognized and supported through K-State Small Research Grants.
Awards and Grants
Art Professors are awarded Development Awards and Small Research Grants.
Printmaking Students Creative Works Publication
Creative Works done by two Kansas State University Printmaking students, Marcus Gilbert (Undergraduate) and Brandon Williams (Graduate), are exhibited in a recent publication.