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Artist Sandra Starck will give a slide lecture on “Women Printmakers,” conduct printmaking workshops, and work closely with Lafayette College art students during a residency at Lafayette March 20-24. Her visit is part of Lafayette’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

Starck will present a slide lecture at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Lafayette’s Printmaking Studio, 421 Hamilton Street. The event is free and open to the public.

“I will be giving a visual history of my own work from undergraduate experience to present, and some of the major influences in my life and art,” explains Starck, who is a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Clair. “I will also be presenting a brief overview of women printmakers in all print media whom I find to be of particular importance and influence in the printmaking arts.”

Starck will conduct intermediate printmaking workshops 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 23, at the Printmaking Studio. Experimental lithography and computer imaging techniques will be taught. These free workshops are open to the public, but require reservations. Call Curlee Raven Holton, associate professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute, (610) 330-5592.

On Monday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 22, Starck will work with Lafayette printmaking students, including intensive sessions with seniors Christopher Tague of Stamford, Conn., and Jessica McRorie of Coatesville, Pa.

“This is part of the art department’s new initiative in integrating computer and digital images into traditional printmaking and lithography,” explains Holton, who invited Starck to Lafayette in cooperation with Deborah Byrd, associate professor of English and coordinator of Women’s Studies. “Sandra Starck is coming here based on her expertise and reputation as an excellent teacher. She’s dynamic, very well informed, and quite creative. We thought that it would be good to have a female artist of her standing work closely with our students.”

Starck’s awards include a 1993 Purchase Award from the 7th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha; a 1988 Purchase Award from the 31st North Dakota Print & Drawing Annual at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks; and a 1988 Purchase Award from the Stockton National IV Print & Drawing Exhibition at The Haggin Museum and the Stockton Arts Commission in Stockton, Calif. From 1981-87, Starck earned nine other honors in competitions.

Her works have been displayed in numerous juried exhibitions, including ones at Muskegon (Mich.) Museum of Art; University of Wisconsin-Parkside; and Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery in Alma, Mich. Also the Southern Graphics Council National Traveling Print Exhibition; and the 20th Annual Juried Art Competition: Celebration, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Starck’s art also has been shown in invitational exhibitions at South Haven (Mich.) Center for the Arts; Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum; Hefner Galleries, Calvin College, Fountain Street Church, and Shi Bui Gallery in Grand Rapids; Lowell (Mich.) Arts Center; Muskegon (Mich.) Community College; Muskegon (Mich.) Museum of Art; Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts and Betty Clark-Cannon Gallery, Muskigon; Holland (Mich.) Area Arts Council; The Art Emporium, Shelbyville, Mich.; Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing; Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, Knoxville, Tenn.; and other venues in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Starck also has participated in annual faculty exhibitions at every college of her employment from 1979-2000. Her work is in permanent collections in New York, Wisconsin, California, Michigan, Florida, North Dakota, and Tennessee.

Starck earned a master’s in fine arts in printmaking at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1977, and a bachelor’s degree in art education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1974. Since the 1998-99 school year, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, leading printmaking classes covering lithography, intaglio, relief, and serigraphy, as well as courses in introductory printmaking, art education, foundations of drawing and composition, and life drawing. In 1997-98, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, following 13 years as an associate professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Mich.

In 1989-90, she took a sabbatical leave of absence from Kendall to research and produce art in Orkney, Scotland, in response to its local Neolithic/Bronze Age/Pictish archaeological sites.

Starck has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and the Louisville School of Art. In 1984 she taught at the Michigan State Board of Education’s Summer Institute for the Arts at Grand Valley State College and at the Oxbow Artist Colony, Saugatuck, Mich.

Starck was a product designer for Lenox Candles/Carolina Soap & Candles in Oshkosh, Wisc., from 1977-79. In 1996, she established her own letterpress business. Her work has included assistance in the limited edition, letterpress-printed book Waterfalls of Mississippi by Gaylord Schanilec, an artist, wood engraver, and printer.

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