The Grunwald Gallery’s ‘Midwest Matrix’ printmaking show creates quite an impression


Dennis McNett’s ‘Wolfbat Offerings’ is an installation formed from block prints.

If I were to close my eyes and imagine a gallery show of prints, one image that might pop into my head would be a tidy row of small frames containing inky scenes in black and gray.

The Grunwald Gallery is out to obliterate those notions.

Danielle Peters

Danielle Peters layers digital inkjet prints in her ‘Cave Diving’ works.

For just a few more days, the gallery in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts is presenting a vibrant mix of contemporary Midwestern printmaking in its exhibitions “Midwest Matrix: Continuum” and “Wolfbat Offerings: Blooming Grove and the Luck of the Cardinal.”

These are not your grandfather’s prints.

“Midwest Matrix: Continuum” features 20 artists with 20 individual approaches. Some prints feature color in its most subtle or saturated forms. Many works break away from traditional shapes and formats, and some take on sculptural, 3-D forms.

Most striking is Dennis McNett’s “Wolfbat Offerings,” a room-sized installation focused on the rich mythological history of the cardinal as the state bird of Indiana. This work alone will forever change how you think about prints.

Both exhibitions continue through Oct. 1 and can be viewed at the Grunwald Gallery in the Hope School of Fine Arts today, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m.


Ellie Honl’s ‘Westminster Court: Reflection’ is a 3-D cyanotype.

The gallery shows and related “Midwest Matrix: Continuum” symposium have been made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Grunwald Gallery of Art and the printmaking workshop, all at Indiana University.

For more information on these shows, the participating artists and future events, visit the Grunwald Gallery website.

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