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Artwork: Rainfall, collaborative artists’ book

June 6-17
- Modular Matrix: Letterpress and the Page, Denise Bookwalter, visiting artist/printmaker

NDSU Visual Arts/Printmaking Education and Research Studio (PEARS) is pleased to present the 14th summer printmaking workshop with printmaker Denise Bookwalter, Florida State University Associate Professor of Art and director of Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP).

During this two-week opportunity, participants will attend printmaking workshops and prepare an exchange project using presented methods and theory.

Participants may register for three undergraduate credits through CAMPUS CONNECTION or professional development credits through NDSU-DCE. Grant opportunities are available at

The NDSU Art/PEARS program promotes printmaking production, education and innovation in the Midwest. Directed by Kent Kapplinger, PEARS collaborates with visiting artists, offers educational printmaking workshops and artistic development residencies, and promotes studio-produced work through exhibition and sales. Located at NDSU Renaissance Hall in Fargo, the spacious studio includes a pressroom/workspace, screen print studio, aquatint and etching areas, and an exposure room where one can use traditional and non-toxic intaglio, lithography, screen print, relief and letterpress methods. Digital capabilities include access to Mac computers, scanners, large format printers, 3D printers, and a laser cutter. 



Week 1

During the Modular Matrix workshop Denise Bookwalter will present traditional and experimental approaches to letterpress printing using a modular matrix. Students will be introduced to the basics of printing on the Vandercook Proof Press. We will draw inspiration from collaborative artists’ books and investigate various modes of creating modular images. Students will learn how to make polymer plates and laser cut wood blocks that will be used to print the pages of a collaborative artists’ book. Additional one page binding structures will be introduced for experimentation and individual projects.

Week 2

A collaborative artist’s book will be created under supervision of Kent Kapplinger.

(PDF of 2016 Workshop Schedule click here) 



Denise Bookwalter, Visiting Artist/Printmaker

Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations and dimensional prints. Her artists’ books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists’ books. Her work has been exhibited and collected in a variety of venues across the country and abroad. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and twin girls. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department. She is the director and founder of Florida State University’s artists’ book press, Small Craft Advisory Press. 

Kent Kapplinger, 
PEARS Director

Kent Kapplinger, Professor of Art, has been on the faculty of North Dakota State University since 1992. Kapplinger founded (PEARS) Printmaking, Education and Research Studio in 1998 and continues as director and master printer. He has received fellowships from the Hungarian Multicultural Center, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Woodstock School of Art, New York and Vinalhaven Press, Maine. His art has been shown in over 260 individual and group exhibitions and his work is part of more than 40 public collections, including Special Collections Department & Rare Books Room at the University of Colorado; The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette; McMaster University at Hamilton in Ontario, Canada; Northern Illinois University Art Museum; Proyecto ‘ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and (AP/RC) Artist Printmakers/Photographers Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech.



ART 600 Professional Development Credits (3)

Includes one-month studio access

Registration for

Undergraduate Credits (3)

Register for ART 494 on Campus Connection

Lab and materials fee included in tuition.

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