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Karen Kunc Ephemera Woodcut and letterpress prints by Karen Kunc - artist Poems by Robert Pinsky, 2009

EPHEMERA – Woodcut and letterpress prints by Karen Kunc.
Poems by Robert Pinsky, 2009

Camaraderie is a show about the long-term relationship of book and print. A chance to observe and consider the inescapably intertwined history of the disciplines of Book Arts and Printmaking. A look at how these approaches to making intersect, mingle, and diverge in the work of a diverse group of contemporary artists.

What is a book? What defines a print? For an artist skilled in the techniques of both book and print, how are decisions of form and content approached? For artist Anne Beck, “the book is printed matter to be reworked, annotated beyond the boundaries of the matrix – a participatory object.” Artist Kalmia Strong views “books foremost as generative social objects, choosing to either create books and book-objects that are made in collaboration with others, or take as their subject (and often, objective) discourse, presence, and interaction.”

Camaraderie celebrates the relationship between book and print by considering the works of a small section works by artists from the larger Book Arts and Printmaking community. Participating artists include: Anne Beck, Laurie Corral, Allison Dennis, Gwen Diehn, Karen Kunc, Laura Ladendorf, Dyann Myers, Kristen Necessary, Carol Norby, Rachel Singel, and Kalmia Strong.


Rachel Singel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville. She grew up on a small farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work is inspired by what she sees in nature. Rachel has participated in residencies at the Penland School of Crafts, the Venice Printmaking Studio, and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. She will be returning to Venice to study at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in summer 2016.

Kristen Necessary currently lives in Brevard, NC where she works as a studio artist, educator, and owner + operator of Starfangled Press. Specializing in Relief, Intaglio, Screen Print, and Drawing, Kristen received her MFA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa in 2011, and her BFA in Painting + Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.