Print Club at Central Michigan University takes art back in time to a place where the advanced art media of today was still a thing of the future.
Though its name may be mistaken for a common office-like task, Print Club is much more than that. It brings together like-minded people who have an interest in printmaking.
What exactly is printmaking?
Vice President Natalie Polakowski has been a member of Print Club for one year and explained printmaking as an old technique that simplifies the way to produce and duplicate art.
“Printmaking is an archaic art form that allows for easy production and duplication,” the Livonia senior said. “There are many techniques, but the most prevalent are relief woodcutting, intaglio, lithography and silkscreening.”
Polakowski believes that if students have an interest in art, Print Club would be the perfect way to learn new ways of expression.
“People should join this club if they are interested in art and if they want awesome peers to surround them,” Polakowski said. “We also always have a great time with one another and it’s great finding a family away from home at college.”
Each year, Print Club does fundraising and events with other groups on campus. They are working with a sports management class to help with its “Knock Cancer Out of the Park Home Run Derby” event, which will help to raise money for The Angel Wings Fund.
The club is working on a fundraiser coming up on Oct. 31 where they will be selling spooky treats to help get the student body in the mood for Halloween. The event will take place from noon–5 p.m. in Wightman Hall.
The group also meets every year at the Southern Graphic’s Council International Printmaking Conference. This year, the conference will be held in San Francisco and will bring print makers from all around the world together to share demos, work, techniques and lectures about the medium.
Charlotte senior and RSO President Alyssa Gibson believes the conference is beneficial because of the experiences students gain and the networking opportunities available.
“The conference offers member print exchange and open portfolio where artists can share their work with everyone who is attending the conference,” Gibson said. “Last year, myself and two other members went to the conference and it was a fantastic experience.”