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Printmaker & Master Draughtsman at Museum

Oct. 13, 2008

Printmaker, Richard Ash III and Master Draughtsman, Armin Mersmann, will present exhibitions at the Martin Museum of Art beginning October 21st and running through November 18.

Ash has been ardently focused on the print medium since 1980. Though he is well versed in various printmaking techniques, he has a strong preference for the screen-printing process. This passion for printmaking developed as a freshman at the Fort Wayne Art Institute in Indiana, and progressed as he went on to earn both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Wichita State University, receiving a major in printmaking and a minor in painting. He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. In addition, he has also conducted multiple University funded research projects aimed at further exploring printmaking techniques. His works have been exhibited across the United States and included in several public collections such as those at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Los Angeles Print Society, Los Angeles, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Linekona Art Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

There will be a gallery talk with the artist on Monday, November 17, at 2:30pm, with a print demonstration to follow.

German born Armin Mersmann knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an artist, and a lifetime of following that goal has produced the caliber of work that now defines him as one of the foremost graphite realists in the nation. After serving four years as a graphic artist in the Air Force, Mersmann went on to spend the next five years in various art schools both in the US and in Germany. Mersmann was represented by Portraits Chicago for high-end commission pieces but the artist eventually decided to pursue his own art instead of commission works. He now works out of his studio in Michigan and is busy creating and displaying his art both locally and nationally. He has received numerous awards, including being recognized as Artist Magazine's Top 100 Portrait Artists, and receiving the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Excellence in Technique Award.

There will be a gallery talk with the artist on Tuesday, October 22 at 2pm & 4pm.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday, and 12-5pm on Saturday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public, unless specified. For more information call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.


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