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Nicholls hosts engravings exhibition

THIBODAUX – The art exhibition “Engraving 2009: Invitational Print Exchange” will be on display in the Ameen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University through Sept. 11, 2009. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Featuring 36 limited edition prints by 36 artists from throughout the United States – including Richie Lasansky and Rudy Pozzati – the exhibit will also be shown at the Bower Ashton campus of the University of the West of England, in Bristol, England; Salem State College in Salem, Mass.; and McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.

All prints utilize the traditional engraving technique, in which a sharp tool – a burin – is used to incise lines into a copper plate. To print the plate, ink is rubbed into the engraved grooves in the metal and then transferred to paper using a hand operated printing press. The technique dates back to the Gothic period but is still used for printing paper currency.

The handmade prints are signed and numbered – each designated 18th of a total of 40. Images range from realistic renderings of people and objects to abstract and non-objective images.

Located in 200 Talbot Hall, the exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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