Carlsten Gallery Exhibits Over Two Decades of the Pointer Press

Carlsten Gallery Exhibits Over Two Decades of the Pointer Press

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story showed prints that were not from the current collection at the Edna Carlsten Gallery. 

A retrospective exhibit of collaborative student and professional artist printmaking pieces are on display in the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery in “A Look Back: Bob Erickson and the Pointer Press.”

The exhibit features over 60 different prints created at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point by printmaking artists who have visited the campus over the past 25 years. The featured printmakers are from different places around the world, ranging from Milwaukee to Korea.

Each print on display is unique, and the exhibit features many different types of printmaking including lithography, intaglio, monotype and woodblock prints. Some pieces incorporate other elements of art such as letterpress and screen-printing.

A reception, held Nov. 9, featured artists and allowed attendees to peek at the work.

“I thought it was really unique how the only tying in factor is that it is all printmaking, but at the same time there were so many different visiting artists that were able to work with the students, that you really get many different styles and techniques,” said Rachel Klima, junior graphic design major who attended the exhibit’s opening reception.

Members of the university’s art faculty created some of the prints on display, including a piece by foundation professor Jinman Jo and a piece by painting professor Rob Stolzer.

The Pointer Press is an undergraduate printmaking press that brings in professional printmakers to UWSP and the Stevens Point community. Bob Erickson, professor of art and design, started the press in 1990 when he was hired to teach printmaking.

“Because Stevens Point is relatively provincial, it is important to bring the world here. So I thought it was important to bring these artists here,” Erickson said.

The press gives art students the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced printmakers from around the globe, he said. While on campus, the guest artists do print workshops, create pieces with students and give public lectures about their work.

The interaction with professional printmakers made the experience more personal for students, Erickson said. They had time to talk with the guest artists and learn about their background and career path.

This exhibit is incredibly special because it shows Erickson’s history as an art professor and what he has brought to the campus, said Leslie Walfish, curator for the Edna Carlsten Gallery.

“This really shows all of the artists he brought in over those 25 years. It shows he has brought in such a high quality group of artists and artists that have worked with students and had this great partnership with working, individual artists and students here at UW-Stevens Point,” Walfish said.

“A Look Back: Bob Erickson and the Pointer Press” will be on display Nov. 8 to Dec. 3 in the Edna Carlsten Gallery located inside the Noel Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mary Knight


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