Firstof all, congratulations to you and Michael David for putting together such a wonderful and important show.
How and when did the idea for the show come about?
Michael wanted us to have a show in conjunction with the centennial, and he came up
with the idea of selecting 100 prints from our archives, and the show title.
Michael and I also decided to do a color catalogue for the show, which we
began working on in May and continued to work on through the summer and fall,
with the great help of our AIB student designer Brenna Donovan, who did a
fantastic job for us.
Who was involved in curating the 100 prints included in the show?
of the current AIB printmaking faculty were involved in curating the works
included in the show, though Michael David and I made the final selection.
How long did it take to decide which 100 prints would be in the show?
process of selecting the work took place during the month of May, and it took
several long sessions to come up with the final group. It was extremely
difficult to select 100 prints from among so many strong prints in the archive.
We decided that we wanted the 100 prints to represent 100 different
alumni, so each alumna was limited to one print in the show. We also
wanted to showcase work from the past 20 years that represented the range of
media that we teach. We particularly tried to include work from those
alumni who had spent a lot of time in the printmaking studios when they were
studying at AIB. Several of the prints we chose are works that the
faculty have frequently used as examples in our teaching, and they have
inspired successive generations of AIB students. We could definitely have
had another equally strong show with a different selection of 100 prints!
Did seeing all of that work from the past bring back memories of particular
of my students are very firmly attached to the images that they created while
they were in my classes, and those memories can be quite vivid. Since I
was the person involved in tracking down and contacting the alumni in the show,
I had the great pleasure of hearing from many of my former students and
catching up on their lives, as well as seeing many whom I had not seen in a
long time at the opening reception. That was one of the best things about
this process. We hoped that this exhibition would be a way for AIB alumni
to connect and possibly to network, and it seems to have worked. They all
had a wonderful time seeing each other, and our current students who helped out
at the reception had a chance to meet some of the alumni whose work they have
admired. We also started an AIB Printmaking Facebook page for this exhibit that
is continuing, and will be run by the newly formed AIB student print club
"Beacon Street Printers".
Finally, how did you feel when the exhibition was finally installed?
But very proud and pleased with the way that the show looked in this
large public space. Even when we were installing the exhibit we could see
the people who work at or otherwise utilize this building enjoying the show, and
all of the feedback we have received during the its two-month run has been
reception was a lot of fun, and we greatly appreciated the presence alumni and
their families, some of whom traveled a significant distance to be there.
We are particularly pleased with the accompanying exhibition catalogue,
which will last as an enduring document of the event and the quality of the
work that our students create.
Congratulations to AIB alumnus Quinton Bemiller ’00. Quinton has accepted a new position as Director of the Kellogg University Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona, California. One of his goals for the gallery is to increase its visibility and interaction with the Los Angeles art community.
Quinton will be working at the Kellogg on a half-time basis, which will allow him to continue teaching at Chaffey College. For information on exhibitions at the Kellogg University Gallery click here.
For a look at Quinton Bemiller’s personal work click here.