Art Department Hosts Artists for Trio of Programs

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State’s Department of Art is staging a trio of programs that will bring to CSU’s RiverPark campus artists who have distinguished themselves in the Southeast, Northeast and nationwide in the areas of printmaking, sculpting and painting.

Madison, Wis., artists Gregory Nanney and Joseph Velasquez bring their mobile printmaking studio, “Drive By Press,” for a lecture and workshop on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20. Tuesday also marks the opening of “Truth in Tension,” an exhibition of paintings by Jered Sprecher of Knoxville, Tenn., and internationally known sculptor and curator Peter Dudek will present “Dialogue Between Art and Architecture” on Thursday, Oct. 22.


Nanney and Velasquez, co-owner and curator of exhibitions, respectively, at Madison’s SlingShot Gallery, are touring the country with their mobile studio to educate the public about printmaking and its creative and technical processes.

They will kick off their two-day series in Columbus with a 7 p.m. lecture in Carpenters Hall, followed by a workshop from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the next day outside RiverCenter at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway. In addition to hands-on printing sessions with students, the artists’ demonstrations include multi-block relief printing, as well as color reduction screen-printing, and “No-Print,” a screen printing process that incorporates drawing. They also offer demonstrations in etching and plate or stone lithography techniques.

Velasquez and Nanney will print T-shirts designed for the Tuesday event. The public is invited to bring their own T-shirts for printing, or they can purchase the commemorative T-shirts at the event. See a “Drive by Press” video demonstration above and at

The exhibition by Sprecher, a University of Tennessee faculty artist, will run through Nov. 14 and include an Oct. 30 reception (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and gallery talk (6 p.m.) in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery.

Sprecher describes his work as “based in the diversity of culture” and based on “accumulating images produced by people and cultures around him.” He further describes his work as an exercise to reveal “images as fragments in the midst of change, destruction, redefinition and restoration.”

“One is seldom afforded the time to begin to understand what one is viewing before the image has moved on and evolved,” he said. “It is out of this fast-paced exchange that I extract elements that resonate with a sense of vital meaning. I seek to use this wide language of visual marks and notations to describe that which humanity has in common, be it humor, mortality or yearning to understand what is beyond.”

Dudek ( teaches sculpture in New York City for both the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. His 7 p.m. presentation on Thursday in Carpenters Hall is part of his residency this month with the Department of Art.

Closer to home, Dudek also directs the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, Mass., (, and founded Archicule (, a group of painters, sculptors and writers who, through their own practices, have designed and-or built houses, landscape architecture, and furniture or other household furnishings.

A 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Sculpture, Dudek’s assemblages include “New Monuments to my Lovelife,” a recent site-specific installation at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, consisting of found materials and fabricated objects that he continually rearranges throughout the course of an exhibition.

Fall semester hours are from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th St., Columbus. Use the Front Avenue entrance. For more information, call 706-507-8300 or visit