Swirling colors and abstract shapes will be on display beginning 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Ithaca College Department of Art Creative Space Gallery on The Commons. The gallery will be hosting its first Student Print Fair, which will include original artwork from students who have taken all levels of printmaking classes at the college.
The fair, which is opening in conjunction with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance First Friday Gallery Night, will feature an array of printmaking styles such as woodcuts, silkscreen, lithography and mixed media. It will also feature a solo sculpture exhibition by Stanislav Mehne.
Bill Hastings, assistant professor at the college’s Department of Art, said the students will also be able to sell their pieces within the interactive environment.
“The really great thing about the print fair is the students will be there directly selling their work and talking to the public about their work, about their ideas of their work [and] how they made it,” Hastings said. “We’re one of the only areas of campus that actually makes something. The students own those things, so when they sell them it’s their income. They’re benefitting from their creative work … All the money goes to the students.”
While this is the first student printmaking fair the gallery has held, the college’s art department has plans to continue planning exhibitions like this for the future.
“It’s the first time we’ve done this, [but] we hope to do it every year in December,” Hastings said. “I think this print fair is going to evolve to incorporate other areas of the art department, so in the future there will be paintings and maybe sculptures.”