January 6, 2017

Purdue Galleries to exhibit prints from the ‘Global Matrix’

Galleries Rudolph Miriam Rudolph (Canada), Enclosure II, 18 x 18 inches, intaglio and chine-collé, 2015 (Photo provided) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue University Galleries on Monday (Jan. 9) and Tuesday (Jan. 10) will open a new exhibit of international printmaking, which encompasses both the campus and downtown gallery spaces.

“Global Matrix IV: An International Printmaking Exhibition” will be presented from Jan. 9 through Feb. 18 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center and the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette.

Global Matrix IV is the fourth contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world. Previous installments of Global Matrix have been presented in 2002, 2007 and 2012. This year’s exhibit presents a total of 96 images by 73 artists from 15 countries around the world. With this year’s chosen works, the Global Matrix exhibits have featured a total of 321 works representing 253 individual artists from 31 countries around the world.

From its humble origins as simple relief rubbings or patterns stamped onto paper and cloth, the art of the print has spread to all corners of the globe, growing and developing conceptually as a result of the contributions of an ever-growing circle of international artists.
Galleries Moore Megan E. Moore (United States), It Grew With Frog Legs, 20 by 15 inches, collaged monotype, relief, photo intaglio, 2015 (Photo provided) Download image

Working together again to select works for Global Matrix IV were Kimberly Vito, professor of art and art history at Wright State University; Kathryn Reeves, professor emeritus of art and design at Purdue University; Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; and Craig Martin, director of the Purdue University Galleries. 

Martin said, “It is always an honor to visit the diverse realms of invention in which our participating artists dwell. It’s been intriguing to revisit these international partners and to watch their works evolve as each five-year span unfolds.”

After its showing at Purdue, the exhibit will travel to the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and the Galleries at Cleveland State University.

From 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 12), Purdue Galleries will host receptions in both the Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center and the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Both receptions are free, and the public is encouraged to visit both galleries to see the full exhibition.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center on Purdue’s main campus. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main St., Lafayette, in the historic Perrin Building. The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Craig Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleries or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Contact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu

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