Upper-division printmaking students at Boise State University have partnered with alumna Kristina Torkelson on a service-learning project to create the overall design of the third biennial symposium of the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance (RMPA).
Torkelson is no stranger to the RMPA or such projects, having completed her service-learning semester in 2011 by creating the original branding for RMPA. She has gone on to design its website and provided leadership for emerging art students in the printmaking department at Boise State. Together with the classes of Special Topics: Building a Community of Artists and ART 397-597, the project resulted in students taking on roles in community engagement, marketing, financial planning, curatorial work and pro-bono legal work.
Associate professor Jill AnnieMargaret founded RMPA in 2009 and now heads both classes at Boise State University. The purpose has been to strengthen the connections in the region.
Next month, printmaking artists from across the country will meet in Boise to celebrate the connection of such diverse experiences in their working landscapes in a three-day event that features lectures, exhibitions, workshops, panels, print exchanges and networking. Workshops include Foilography, and panels will discuss topics including "Hybrid Cultures and Appropriation as a Socio-Political Artistic Tool."