SUMMER INTERNS HAVE LANDED!
And this is the face they make when someone leaves ink on their squeegee.
But hey, don't let their sassy expressions intimidate you. These three would be happy to introduce themselves!
Name: Brittani Locke
Education: Senior at University of Maryland Baltimore County, majoring in Print Media
Favorite mediums: marbling paper, sculpting paper, fabric, and wire, screenprinting, intaglio
Favorite artists: Aubrey Beardsley, Gustav Kimt, Alphonse Mucha
Best thing about printmaking is: the variety of techniques, the openness of experimentation
What I drew as a kid: A rainbow sunset with a palm tree silhouette!
What makes Pyramid Atlantic a great place to intern?
Well, they are well-known and respected in the community. I like that there is a diverse range of artists who are involved with Pyramid, and seeing their various talents. The studio also has a lot to offer in terms of equipment and instructors. Not to mention, the location is pretty happenin'! There are also a lot of interesting people and restaurants around Georgia Avenue.
What are you the most stoked about with your summer internship?
I'm really excited about the Japanese-style Woodblock Printing workshop that I signed up for. I've always been fascinated by the prints made in this technique and I'm looking forward to trying it myself!
What has surprised you about Pyramid Atlantic?
The generosity of the artistic community here. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and really good about making you feel at home! The first week we already had a pizza party AND an ice cream party - it's just easy to socialize and network here.
Name: Ashley Fisher
Education: Senior at the University of Northern Iowa, Studio Art degree with a printmaking emphasis, minors in Gender Studies and Art History
Favorite mediums: printmaking (especially relief and intaglio), photography, graphic design
Favorite artists: Christian Boltanski, Nancy Spero, Francesca Woodman, Kathe Kollwitz
Best thing about printmaking is: the dependency on a community. Not just because we have to share equipment and can enjoy socializing, but the printmaking community is small enough that you could have connections all over the world!
What I drew as a kid: foxes! And fox-people hybrids.
What would you tell a person who is considering an internship at Pyramid Atlantic?
I would say that enthusiasm and drive are key. There are a ton of opportunities to learn new things here. You should be open to them and dedicated to working with your hands and to the graphic arts. Just be confident and put yourself out there!
What was your first impression of Pyramid Atlantic?
I was even happier than I imagined I would be! I was excited to hear that we will be visiting museums in DC, having critiques with resident artists, and getting training in all the studios here. Not to mention getting to participate in a free workshop! It's crazy awesome how well they treat their interns and they care about you growing as an artist, it's their top priority.
What do you hope to achieve at Pyramid Atlantic?
I want to learn as many new techniques as possible. I also want to network, make new friendships and to grow as an artist in order to prepare for my BFA show.
Name: Devin Goebel
Education: Senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, majoring in Printmaking
Favorite mediums: woodcut, letterpress (my new found love), sculpture, and knitting (cat sweaters)
Favorite artists: Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, and too many printmakers to mention.
Best thing about printmaking is: the lines you can make in carving, the smell of oil-based ink, and working with good paper. What really draws me to printmaking though is that it makes art accessible to the masses, not just the upper class.
What I drew as a kid: people with macaroni arms and no hands!
What do you hope to take away from your summer internship?
All of the papermaking knowledge! Not to mention, the experience of working in a community print workshop, meeting awesome people, and making some gnarly prints. I hope that I walk away with inspiration and direction as I begin on my senior show next semester.
What brought you to Pyramid Atlantic? How did you become interested?
It all started with a Google search for printmaking internships. I talked to a professor of mine about it and he strongly encouraged it. So I applied and the rest is history.
If you were to replace your hand with a printmaking tool, what would you choose?
Hands down (no pun intended), a carving tool. It's one of a few that can serve multiple purposes. You can't do much else with a squeegee or a quoin key.