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Art professors present print portfolio at Boston graphics conference

April 22, 2003

Cynthia Marsh, professor and chair of the art department, and Bruce Childs, professor of art, recently presented a collaborative fine arts print portfolio at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Boston. The tabloid-size portfolio was included for the theme exhibition along with several other invited collaborations. Their theme, "Culture Clash: A Dialogue Between Cultures," was inspired by the conference theme for 2003, "Making Histories: Revolution and Representation."
April 22, 2003

Cynthia Marsh, professor and chair of the art department, and Bruce Childs, professor of art, recently presented a collaborative fine arts print portfolio at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Boston. The tabloid-size portfolio was included for the theme exhibition along with several other invited collaborations. Their theme, "Culture Clash: A Dialogue Between Cultures," was inspired by the conference theme for 2003, "Making Histories: Revolution and Representation."

Just six months ago, Marsh and Childs began the task of selecting 10 artists from several states, as well as Switzerland and Germany. Portfolio participants represent a diverse collection of life
situations, geographic and ethnic backgrounds. Each invited artist was asked to discuss a demarcation zone where two or more cultures meet and to use both traditional printing technologies (letter press, relief, etc.) and contemporary ones (digital, laser printing) for the finished artwork.

The multiple portfolio exhibit was held at the prestigious facilities of the Massachusetts College of Art (Childs' alma mater), where numerous participating artists, scholars and students were brought together for related panel discussions and presentations by nationally known artists, historians and curators. More than 1,000 attendees of "Making Histories" attended related functions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston University, Harvard University and Simmons College.

The Culture Clash portfolio will enter the permanent archives of the department of art at Austin Peay and at Boston University. Each participating artist also receives an edition of the portfolio. Culture Clash was initiated, coordinated and presented by Marsh and Childs, who also created the portfolio case, interleaving information sheets at the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection.

The Goldsmith Press (302 Castle Heights) includes several hundred cases of hand-carved wood letters circa 1900. The press serves as a hands-on printing classroom and a community publishing facility.