You’ll get your hands dirty—possibly stained for weeks a time. What you’ll also do is create some spectacular art, blending cutting-edge technology with century-old printmaking techniques. MECA challenges the idea of traditional printmaking, encouraging you to push your work beyond the 2D, into the world of object-based art. You’ll learn about “thinking print”—the thought process of printmaking—and examine the relationship between making and thinking. You’ll work with letterpresses, silkscreening, woodblock printing, lithography, acid etching and computer-based photo and digital print processes. Your technical skills will grow, your design sense will evolve and you will master a physical process that demands patience,skill and limitless creativity.
Elizabeth A. Jabar is a print based artist and her hybrid works on paper explore ideas of ethnicity and heritage. In her printed assemblages and artists books she displays a highly personal visual language, incorporating cultural motifs from folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Her works have been shown at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including Victoria Arts Connection, Victoria, BC, Canada, Red Gher Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Pyramid Atlantic, Rhode Island School of Design, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Montserrat College, Colby College Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, University of New England, The College of the Atlantic, La Jolla Fiber Arts, La Jolla California, Print Zero Studios, Seattle, Washington, Brighthill Press, Treadwell, New York, Hunter College, New York and The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York. Jabar’s work is in the collections of Pratt Institute, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Tides Institute, Maine Arts Commission, Amity Arts Foundation, New York Public Library and Print Zero Studios. Elizabeth’s gallery representation is Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine. Her work was recently published in 50/ 50 A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking. Jabar has also won grants and awards including a fellowship residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2009. Elizabeth is Associate Professor of Printmaking and Foundation at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art
MFA, Pratt institute
Printmaking Faculty - Elizabeth Jabar
THE WORLD OVER: MECA Faculty Exhibition: Elizabeth Jabar
Edwige Charlot '10
WHAT’S YOUR HOMETOWN?
I was born in France but I moved to Connecticut when I was nine. Part of my work right now is about the feeling that I don’t have a true home.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE MECA FEEL MORE LIKE HOME?
I think surrounding myself in the work I make—changing things, adapting things, making them mine.
WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU USE?
I started off as a painter and then majored in Graphic Design and now I’m a Printmaking major. But I combine them all—they overlap.
WHAT ELSE ARE YOU INTO?
Collaborative community based things, like the Arts and Equity Initiative. It’s part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the city of Portland. I’m also working on a project called “Undoing Racism” which is based on issues of representation, identity, power, oppression and race.
HAVE ALL YOUR JOBS BEEN THAT MEANINGFUL?
I took time off and worked as a cake decorator and a pie maker—so, no.
SO SOMEONE HAS EATEN YOUR ART?
It was delicious.
What are some of the career paths for someone who majors in Printmaking?
Master printer, studio artist, teacher K-12 & college level, independent publisher/professional fine art press, organizer/teacher in nonprofit community organizations and education organizations, graphic design.
How do you prepare your students for the real world?
Students take required the Professional Practices course and prepare a professional artist packet complete with resume, artist statement and portfolio of images. Students participate in exhibitions, including curating, mounting work, prepare press releases, design and print promotional materials. Students participate in at least one Public Engagement collaborative project with a local community partner working with students from K-12 schools and/or other art colleges, and nonprofit organizations. Students learn project planning, work with community members in real world settings, and lead community workshops. Many of the printmaking courses are part of the new Public Engagement Minor at the college. The printmaking department is a leader in incorporating public engagement projects in the curriculum.Students learn how to write for different professional applications including, project proposals, artist statements, and thesis papers. Students are also skilled at articulating ideas verbally, and participate in rigorous studio critiques with their peers and faculty. Students are also given the opportunity to attend professional conferences in the field, including the Southern Graphics Council, a national conference of professionals and students in the printmaking world. The print department also invites national artists to the college to introduce students to the rich and varied field of printmaking practice and professional opportunities, and provide the students with an expanded network of artists.
What are some examples of what your alums are doing?
Master printer, teacher K-12, teacher college level, graphic design, nonprofit community workshops, community outreach, studio assistant, studio artist, gallery associate
What are the prerequisites to major in Printmaking?
Two electives in printmaking, and/or photo & digital elective, drawing.
What unique skills do your students get?
Formal, technical, conceptually proficient in both traditional and digital printmaking, experience in collaborative work, project planning, public engagement practices, exposure to teaching though partnership work and collaborative projects
Will I be able to incorporate other media or interests with my work as a Printmaking major?
Yes! Printmaking is a multi-disciplinary field and incorporates a diversity of materials, methods, and ideas. Students are encouraged to work across disciplines and incorporate ideas from outside the traditional boundaries of printmaking.
What are some of the classes that are offered in your department?
Classes that combines media: Pixels to Ink, Printmaking workshop, full range of traditional techniques: relief, etching, lithography.
What are some of the unique aspects of this program?
Integration of Public Engagement curriculum, community partnership work, projects, and exhibitions.
What are the faculty like?
Diverse, active artists in the local and national community, all the faculty use printmaking in very different and dynamic ways. This diversity provides the students with multiple models of printmaking practice and teaching methodology.
What are your facilities like?
Large, well equipped, provides student access to all traditional and digital print technologies.
What are some examples of internships your students have done in the past?
King Middle School, Cathedral School, Cultivating Multicultural Alliances, Wolfe Editions, Pickwick Press, studio assistant, gallery intern.
How many students (juniors and seniors) do you typically have in your major?