2013 Print, Wash, Repeat exhibition poster

Print, Wash, Repeat: an Exhibition by MHS Students at Chinati

Print, Wash, Repeat, a group exhibition of silkscreen prints by eighteen Marfa High School art students, opens Sunday, April 28, 2013 as part of Chinati and Judd Foundation’s Community Day celebration. Everyone is invited.

The exhibition will be on view from 1 – 7:00 PM, in the Chinati Arena, with a free barbeque dinner and performance by Mariachi Alegre also in the space from 5 – 7:00 PM. The show remains on view through Sunday, May 12, 2013.

All of the prints in the exhibition were created during a workshop presented as part of the senior high art curriculum through a collaboration between Marfa High School and Chinati’s education and outreach program.

The workshop began with an introduction to the medium and took place at MHS during students’ regular art classes, over a two-day period. All participants attended a presentation that included the history of silkscreen and its use in contemporary art and culture. Students were introduced to the equipment, materials, and processes used to create a silkscreen print. At the end of the in-school workshop, each student had created a screen printed self-portrait using a layered combination of masking tape stencils and photographs. The self-portraits from this introductory class are included in the exhibition at the Arena.

Nine seniors then continued with an extended studio program held in the Chinati ArtLab over a week-long period in April. Students learned to use simple darkroom equipment to incorporate the light-sensitive process of burning their own screens, using those images to further explore their self-portrait project. They experimented with direct stencils, manipulated photographs, and created hand drawings to create further designs, often layering images one on top of another to create complex compositions. Students in the extended workshop each created 5 – 8 unique, final prints that are included in the exhibition at the Arena.

Students participating in the exhibition include Jenna Conners, Adrian Delago, Timothy Flores, Rene Granado, Austin Guevara, Maya Guevara, Amy Hernandez, Joslyn Lujan, Mercedes Maxwell, Robert Morales, Erica Muniz, Kory Mutters, Anthony Nunez, Daycia O’Donnell, Cornina Ornelas, Selene Pineda, Sophia Roman, and George Salgado.

Chinati’s director of education Ann Marie Nafziger and educator Grace Davis, along with Marfa Jr /Sr high school art teacher Mary Boyd and principle Cyndi Wimberley organized the workshop and exhibition. Davis taught the workshop with assistance from Chinati education interns Christie Denizio and Lilah Leopold.

The program was supported with generous grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Texas Commission on the Arts, Union Pacific Foundation, and the Trull Foundation.

For more information or to learn about upcoming education and outreach programs, contact Chinati at 432 729 4362 or information@chinati.org.