Red Press Collaborative at YSU


Printmaker Matthew Hopeson-Walker will be featured in the next installment of the Red Press Collaborative, a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at Youngstown State University and in the Mahoning Valley.

The event will run Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 through Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in the printmaking studio, Room 4015, Bliss Hall, on the YSU campus. Patrons may stop by any day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. to observe the printmaking process.

YSU art students will collaborate with guest artist Hopson-Walker, to produce a limited edition lithograph. Students will work with the artist to make his initial concept a finished print and will also print tee shirts with Hopson-Walker’s imagery. Printmaking will take place throughout the week, and prints and tee shirts will be pre-sold during the event. Shirts are $15, while the limited edition prints are $125.

In addition, Hopson-Walker will present a lecture about his work at the McDonough Museum of Museum of art at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb.16.

All events, including the guest artist lecture, are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

“The Red Press Collaborative is named for the actual press, an American made Takach lithography press, located in the print making studio, which is red (to honor YSU and legendary Tamarind Master Printers Bill Lagattuta and Jeffery Sippel), but also for the fact that this is a collaborative project whereby students have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from professional artists,” said Greg Moring, chair of the Art Department at YSU.

“Print collaboration in its tradition, has fostered relationships between professional artists and students, using the most contemporary and comprehensive printmaking concepts available,” said Joseph D’Uva, associate professor, Printmaking. “The Red Press Collaborative is a means towards creating these interactions and educating future fine art printmakers. We are excited about this year’s guest artist and look forward to both the print and the tee shirt image, both of which are unknown until the process begins.”

More information may be obtained by emailing Mr. D’Uva at or calling the Department of Art at 330-941-3627