The John Alexander Print Project at Rice University

The John Alexander Print Project at Rice University

At the Rice University Printmaking Studio
201 Sewall Hall

Demonstration Open to the Public:
Wednesday, March 29, 2 – 4pm
Thursday, March 30, 10am – 12pm and 2 – 4pm

McClain Gallery is delighted to announce that John Alexander has been invited to work at the Rice University Printmaking Studio. Over a period of three days in late March, Alexander will work alongside Patrick Masterson, Master Printer at Burning Bones Press; Karin Broker, Professor of Printmaking at Rice University and Patrick Palmer, Director of MFAH’s Glassell School of Art and accomplished printmaker, to create a series of monotypes at Rice’s state of the art printmaking studio. During set visiting hours, the public will have the unique opportunity to interact and observe as Alexander paints the plates and prints are pulled by Masterson, Broker and Palmer. 

Please see PDF for more information.

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Hobby Airport Art Collection Video

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