18 October, 2005

WOW Profiles II

This series of posts previews the artists participating in the walking on water portfolio (WOW). This post features Rosemarie Bernardi and John E. Roberts from Keene State College, 229 Main St. Keene, New Hampshire, USA

Associate Professor of Printmaking
Rosemarie Bernardi

Associate Professor Bernardi received her MFA in Printmaking in 1977 from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Keene State College in 1998, she taught at three universities. She was tenured as an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware in 1985. From 1988-1998, at the University of Arizona she supervised undergraduates and graduates in her capacity as the Area Coordinator of Printmaking, and where she was tenured in 1993.

Professor Bernardi’s areas of specialization are in Alternative Printmaking and Etching. She teaches a range of courses, from beginning drawing to Senior Seminar and is particularly interested in Post-Modern methods and concepts in contemporary art. Her studio work involves research into photo-etching and mixed-media work involving drawings, prints and texts. Thematically her work involves poetic interpretations of images culled from the figure and most recently from medical museums around the world.

from http://www.pct.edu

Rosemarie Bernardi, Untitled Rosemarie Bernardi
Bearing Water: Prints and Drawings
April 4 - 28, 2006
Opening: April 4, 3:30 - 6 p.m.
with artist's talk at 4 p.m.

Special Hours for First Friday, April 7, 6-8 p.m

at the women's studio workshop

Professor of printmaking
John Roberts: Keene, NH

Professor John E. Roberts has taught at printmaking, drawing, foundation design and painting at Keene State College since 1981. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1977. Over the last 23 years, his personal engagement with printmaking has focused upon the intaglio process. While he has have taught almost every printmaking process during his career, it is in the intaglio medium that he has done the most research.

Professor Roberts is currently working on a series of large drawings and etchings that utilize found objects (primarily corroded metal from automobile exhaust components) as starting points. The work takes full advantage of the organic ambiguity of these unusual pieces of rusted metal. Not only do he draw from these but in many cases he has been able to actually ink and print the objects as part of the etchings and monotypes. The resulting prints and drawings are highly abstract images but reflect uncertainty in their form and conceptual meaning.

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