Idaho State University Pinyon Jay Press to host visiting artist Kerri Cushman

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s new Pinyon Jay Press will host visiting artist Kerri Cushman on March 2 and 3.

Cushman is a sculptural book artist and avid papermaker with an affinity for letterpress, and a professor at Longwood University in Virginia.

The Pinyon Jay Press is a collaborative venture between ISU’s Department of Communication, Media and Persuasion, the Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of Art. The press is housed in the VisComm Experimental Lab in the Liberal Arts Building. It provides faculty and students the opportunity to learn the art of fine letterpress printing and to explore various forms of expression that involve image, text or a combination of the two.

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Cushman obtained an Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary book and paper arts from Columbia College in Chicago. As a professor, she teaches papermaking, bookbinding and letterpress printing. She is known for her exquisitely crafted work and her pieces have been exhibited internationally. Her work can be viewed at www.kerricushman.com.

Cushman’s visit will include three events: a papermaking open house, an artist’s talk, and a letterpress workshop.

• March 2, 1-3:30 p.m. in the ISU Fine Arts Building, Room 407: Papermaking Open House. Attendees will be able to drop in and participate in demonstrations of embossed handmade paper.

• March 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Fine Art Building, Room 401: Cushman Artist’s Talk.

• March 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Liberal Arts Building, Room 139: Good Impressions Letterpress Workshop.

All events are open to the public. The papermaking open house and artist talk are free of charge. The Good Impressions Letterpress Workshop has limited space and will require a deposit/materials fee of $10 per participant. Please contact Paula Jull to register for the Good Impressions Letterpress Workshop.

Cushman’s visit is supported by a generous grant from the Idaho State University Cultural Events Committee, the James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion, the Department of Art and Pinyon Jay Press.

For more information, contact Naomi S. Adams at 282-3527 or adamnaom@isu.edu or Paula Jull at 282-3295 or jullpaul@isu.edu.