Collaborations with Social Media: Building Communities through the Arts
The creators of Printeresting will present their work of creating a thriving aesthetic community. These cutting-edge visual artists engage diverse communities in the exploration of contemporary art through social media.
Their presentation will be followed by a panel of artists and communication specialists who will discuss how arts communities can be created and sustained through innovations in social media. Local artists and arts organizations are invited to interact with the presenters to explore how they can build on the presenters’ experiences to enrich our own arts community.
Founded in 2008, Printeresting, the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking, offers new models for promoting the arts through social media. From “fine art” prints and limited edition multiples to xeroxed flyers and cheap inkjet printouts, Printeresting takes a broad view of printmaking; all manner of printed matter has a place at Printeresting.
Authored by multiple contributors, the site features regular posts on a range of print-related content, including artwork, news, reviews, technology, and critical discourse. Printeresting’s primary goal is to highlight innovative print work, while keeping abreast of developments in the field, and taking note when printmaking intrudes into popular culture.
Brant Schuller is a printmaker and educator that has shown his sculptural prints and works on paper internationally with an upcoming solo exhibition at Open Studio in Toronto, Canada. He has been invited to participate in residencies at Zygote Press (Cleveland, Ohio), Nagasawa Art Park Program (Nagasawa, Awaji Island, Japan), the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) among others. He is Chair of the Millersville University Department of Art & Design, Professor of Printmaking and proud resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz
|With degrees in public affairs, journalism, and mass communication, Russell-Loretz teaches communication, public relations, and social media courses. Her research focuses on feminist and message-centered approaches to public relations, with special interest in nonprofit organizations and rural women journalists. As a workshop leader at the Millersville University Nonprofit Resource Network and in her courses, she and her students assist local nonprofits in various communication initiatives.|
|Henry Gepfer '10
|Henry Gepfer is a printmaker and mixed-media artist from Lancaster County, PA. He studied at Millersville University, graduating with a degree in Art Education. He began exhibiting during his time at Millersville. Henry has exhibited locally and nationally, with solo shows at The Infantree Gallery in Lancaster, PA and the Dirt Palace in Providence, RI. In addition to his visual art work, Henry has done written work with The Discerning Eye, a local art-based blog.|
|The Discerning Eye
Represented by Hawa Lassanah
|The Discerning Eye's mission is to highlight the value of the Arts and Cultural activities in our lives and to demonstrate the positive changes the Arts can bring to our community. By using social networking, the web, our feed on the ground and, in the future, mobile devices, we are able to provide the public with educational features, exposue to and for many types of artists and local venues, as well as an easily accessible platform for the community to connect with the Arts.|
"I thought the Printeresting event was one of the best events I've ever attended at Millersville...The content was fascinating and wasn't too art/design-specific. I think it demonstrated a great start-up model of entrepreneurship for students. Really fun."
"Printeresting did a fantastic follow up of the first symposium by describing the community that engaged with their ideas via social media."
"I was most intrigued by Brant's start of this second symposium by having audience members turn on their electronic devices instead of turning them off. And it seems to me that is a step in an interesting direction, a means of reaching more young people by making the symposiums more interactive, participatory - electronically and otherwise."