In printmaking, matrix is the term used to describe the elements from which prints are made.
At the University of Dallas, matrix is used to describe a program in which advanced printmaking students collaborate with visiting artists to create editions of prints by the artists. It also describes a group of friends of the art department who enjoy prints and support the program.
Matrix was initiated by Juergen Strunck in 1985 with the gift of a large edition of one of his prints.
Typically the matrix visiting artist who comes in the spring semester for one week is given a small solo exhibition and works with the students to create a large edition (the matrix edition) for the program. This is a very active week with intense interaction between the artist and the printers. The artist also gives a lecture and offers a demonstration and artist talk during a reception when the matrix members get to see a body of work, meet the artist, and see how the print is made. Each member receives one of the prints.
In the fall semester the artist’s visit is shorter, but is identical in nature. It allows for more experimental approaches to printmaking and because of that the editions (fall edition) are smaller with only limited availability for the matrix members.
The advanced printmaking students get invaluable experiences working with and for the matrix artists – they also receive printers proofs for their efforts.
Images of the matrix and fall editions can be viewed below.
Matrix is open to anyone with an interest in contemporary prints.
For information contact...
Steven FoutchAssistant Professor of Art
Juergen StrunckDistinguished Professor Emeritus of Art