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JUNE 5 through JULY 25, 200

Opening Reception: FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 6 – 10 p.m.

Mark Hosford, "A Boy and His Egg", silkscreen

Mark Hosford, "A Boy and His Egg", silkscreen

Rebus Works is please to present “Outlaws and Wild Animals: Prints from Across the U.S.A.”  The exhibition opens on Friday, June 5 with a First Friday reception from 6 – 10 p.m., and continues through July 25.  Bill Fick will deliver a lecture to close the exhibition, at 4:30 p.m. on July 25.

Curated by Chapel Hill artist Bill Fick, “Outlaws and Wild Animals” features prints by nine artists that specialize in narrative graphic art with a visual punch. Techniques used in this show range from black and white woodcuts to colorful screen prints.  Fick presents a wide spectrum of work, diverse in technique and subject matter. One notable point of this spectrum is the feminist-with-a-sense-of-humor prints by Jenny Schmidt (which she described as connected to contemporary comics, but loaded with social commentary and rooted in historical printmaking).  Another are the intensely detailed (and often dark) woodblock prints by Dennis McNett (which feature wolves, leopards, and crows).  Along with illustrious points in between, the soft-but-powerful work of Lisa Bulawsky, (who describes herself as interested in the populist tradition in printmaking, the multiple and its democratic potential) rounds out the group.

The curator (and participating artist) Bill Fick is currently a Assistant Professor at Duke University, as well as director of Cockeyed Press (which specializes in the production of linocuts and books. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Fick has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at SECCA in Winston-Salem, Show World in NY, and the Gatewood Art Center Gallery, and was a 1995 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship.  He has held numerous teaching posts, including at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Pratt Institute, the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro), and Penland School of Crafts.

Lisa Bulawsky lives in St. Louis, MO and heads the printmaking department at Washington University.

Mark Hosford from Nashville, TN is the director of Sugarboy Prss and teaches at Vanderbilt University.

Dennis McNett is the director of Howling Print Studio in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches at Pratt Instititue, where he received an M.F.A. in printmaking.

Ryan O’Malley teaches at Davidson College and creates super-graphic print installations. He holds an M.F.A from Lousiana State University.

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the creative forces behind Tugboat Printshop in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jenny Schmid is the director of Bikini Press International, Minneapolis, MN, and a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota.

Sean Starwars lives a small town in Mississippi.  He received an M.F.A. from Lousiana State Unversity and a graphic design certificate from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Rebus Works is open on First Fridays from 6-10, Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m.

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