Yet for Ohio University Art Professor Art Werger, printmaking has been a rewarding form of expression for years, ever since he was a young student at the Rhode Island School of Design. “I enjoy the challenges that continue to present themselves with each new piece,” he says. “Having worked in etching and mezzotint for 45 years, I still find renewed interest in the pursuit each day I enter the studio.”
Now Werger is hoping to share his love for printmaking with others through his upcoming Artist Talk, Etching in the Age of Instagram. The lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 9, and will take place at First United Methodist Church, 163 E. Wheeling St., to accommodate appropriate social distancing.
At the lecture, Werger will provide information on resources in the region for anyone who is interested in pursuing any of the printmaking media that he will discuss, including lithography, mezzotint, etching and letterpress.
“The resurgence of interest in printmaking appears to be a counterbalance to the creative directions that digital media have opened up in recent years,” Werger said. He says this artistic process allows for a great range of personal expression through techniques that have been refined and evolved over hundreds of years.
“Printmaking provides physicality that connects the artist to his or her process,” he said. “While digital media provide ease and immediacy, printmaking is based in problem-solving and delayed gratification.”
Cost for the lecture is $8 for the public and $5 for members with prepaid registration, or $10 at the door. Register for this Artist Talk here.
Support for the exhibition has been provided by the George and Dollie L. Zimpfer Memorial Fund of the Fairfield County Foundation, The Fox Foundation, Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Federal CARES Act of 2020.