When Guen Montgomery and Emmy Lingscheit began graduate study in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall of 2009 their separate goals were to pursue their MFA degrees. Guen had studied printmaking and theatre at the University of Hawaii, while Emmy came from South Dakota, having previously studied at the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud University with regular summer classes at Frogman's Print and Paper Workshops. What they did not know is that in graduate school they would fall in love – becoming collaborative partners in life. They completed their MFA degrees in 2012 and both were hired together in the Fall of 2013 to be part of the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Many of Emmy's elaborate prints and drawings depict a future without people, one where we see the remnants of human culture. She has also done prints examining animals as subject. Her prints have been included in several national and international juried exhibitions and invitational exchange portfolios. Guen's multi-media prints, videos and installations reference her Appalachian family history and examine issues of class and invented family histories. As a graduate student Guen received the Buck Ewing Graduate Scholarship, the school's highest scholarship during her thesis year.
Together, Guen and Emmy organized the "Unicorn Portfolio," which was featured at the 2013 SGC International Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both artists will be chairing separate panel sessions at the 2015 SGC International Printmaking Conference to be held in Knoxville March 18-21, 2015. To learn more about the conference, visit: http://web.utk.edu/~sphere.
Emmy Lingscheit and Guen Montgomery in the printmaking studio
of the University of Illinois' School of Art and Design.
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