Printmaking Students Create Herbarium Specimens Portfolio
Students from UT Printmaking created an exchange portfolio entitled Specimens from the UT Herbarium that was completed and presented on Thursday, December 1, 2022, to Margaret Oliver who represented the UT Herbarium.
This exchange portfolio was completed in the Fall of 2022 by students in ARTA 361: Intermediate Print Workshop, a course from the University of Tennessee School of Art taught by Beauvais Lyons, with active assistance from graduate student Anthony Huang. For the portfolio, each student selected a single vascular plant or fungus specimen using the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections database to identify specific plants from the UT Herbarium. Margaret Oliver, Collections Manager, played an essential role in helping the students access the collection. This portfolio is informed by the rich tradition of prints depicting botanical and natural history subjects.
The participating students spent two class sessions at the UT Herbarium, one to make preliminary drawings from their specimen, and a second to render the subject using a copper etching, incorporating hard ground, and other techniques as appropriate. All prints, and the title page (which also utilized photo-lithography), were printed on Somerset Velvet Antique in an edition of 12.
Each student participant in the portfolio received a copy of the portfolio. Archive sets are placed with the UT Herbarium, the UT Printshop, and two additional collections to be determined.
Artists participating in the UT Herbarium project include Hannah Crowe, Isabel Fitzhugh, Anthony Huang, Dana Kim, Shekinah Litrice, Diane Lopez, Kaan Sarisaltik, and William Wensell. Professor Beauvais Lyons designed the portfolio cover.
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