Printmaking winner to speak in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN — The winner of a national printmaking competition will speak twice this week in Champaign, in connection with the traveling exhibition "Signs of Life: National Printmaking Winners" at the Institute for Creativity.
The exhibition showcases prints by young artists exploring various techniques who competed in the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters competition.
The Institute for Creativity, upstairs at 111 N. Walnut St., C, is the final stop on a tour of the show. It began at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh last year.
The show features prints by 16 state winners of the National Society of Arts and Letters 2013 competition, including Bosley, who won the Central Illinois chapter contest before advancing to and winning the national one.
A specialist in mezzotint, he is showing several pieces in the show, which is free and open to the public.
Bosley has degrees from Western Washington State University and the University of Wisconsin, where he is an honorary fellow at the Forest Laboratory in the Department of Bacteriology.
Bosley will be at the Institute for Creativity at 7 p.m. Thursday to give a lecture/demonstration on mezzotint, its history and contemporary uses.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, during the closing reception for the show, Bosley will give a brief talk on what he's accomplished over the past year. As national winner, he received $15,000, which allowed him to explore further opportunities in printmaking.
After his talk, flutist Ashley Chanel Shank, a doctoral candidate in performance at the University of Illinois, will give a brief recital.
The National Society of Arts and Letters, founded in 1944, focuses on helping young adults in the performing, literary and visual arts. Each year the society sponsors a competition in a different art form as well as the Winston Scholarship Program for visual artists and vocalists.
The judges for the local printmaking competition were Dennis Rowan, Rosalyn Schwartz and Molly Briggs, all area artists. The 2014 competition will be among woodwind players.