Japanese prints on display in OSU’s Fairbanks and Memorial Union Concourse galleries

“East Comes West,” a two-part exhibition of prints from the Atelier Outotsu printmaking studio of Japan, is underway in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery and will also appear in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in January.

In all 29 artists are represented in the two shows. The exhibit in the Memorial Union Concourse will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit in the Fairbanks Gallery will run Jan. 2 through Feb. 1.

An informal reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Fairbanks Gallery. A formal reception, talk and video presentation on Atelier Outotsu by Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of printmaking at OSU, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition comes from the city of Nishinomiya, located between Osaka and Kobe. It is comprised of 115 prints, divided into two exhibitions, curated by Hiratsuka and Kaoru Higashi of Japan. Atelier Outotsu is a non-profit printmaking studio founded in 1975 by Ritsuo Kanno, who studied etching at the Atelier 17 in Paris and was influenced by S.W. Hayter.

“The studio specializes in the intaglio printmaking process but also offers courses in lithography, relief and monotype printing. It is a place where community artists go to work, share technical and creative processes and ideas, and it has organized a number of exhibitions for its members and guest artists,” said Hiratsuka, who visited there last winter and invited the printmakers to exhibit in Corvallis.

Prints from the show are available for sale and range in price from $20 to $2,200. They can be purchased by contacting the gallery coordinators: Susan Bourque, Memorial Union Concourse Gallery, susan.bourque@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6371; or Andrew Nigon, Fairbanks Gallery, andrew.nigon@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4880.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Memorial Union is located at 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way. It is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery is located at 220 S.W. 26th Street, and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every third Thursday for the Corvallis Art Walk.

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