Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


Exhibition runs through April 3rd

When does a former student realize an art career high? When he is given the opportunity to exhibit his work with his professor. Zygote Press is pleased to present Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew, who are now colleagues at Kent State University.

Associate Professor of Art Noel Reifel has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Kent State University since 1976. Reifel’s work concentrates primarily on the media of relief and intaglio printmaking.His approach has ranged from traditional to experimental. Since 1980, his work has concerned itself largely with combined media prints resulting in varied editions, often comprised of unique prints. Since the mid-1970s Reifel’s work has been exhibited in China, Great Britain, Germany, India, Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Venezuela, Egypt and Mexico as well as the United States. His work is in numerous public and private collections including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery, The Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown. Reifel describes his new prints as "unique variations of four etchings/engravings. They are extremely spare,rectilinear drawings that occupy 18”x24” horizontal spaces and divide the picture plane into two parts. The variations are impressions that take the viewer through an experience of the act of printing, made transparent."

Anthony Bartholomew received his bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from Youngstown State in 2004 and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Kent State in 2008. In addition to teaching at Kent he is a shop coordinator at Zygote Press and a screenprinter at Jak Prints, a commercial print shop. "Learning is important, and teaching is important", says Bartholomew, "I strive to continue both. Life has given me art and I am grateful for it."
*quote from Lewis Hyde

Zygote Press is a non-profit, artist-run fine art print cooperative in Cleveland dedicated to creating active communications among artist-printmakers and increasing public awareness in contemporary printmaking. Zygote is supported by its resident artists, generous members and individual donors, the Ohio Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, and special project grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Zygote Press is located on the first floor at 1410 E. 30th Street (between Superior & St. Clair) Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11 - 3 Saturday 12 – 4 and by appointment