In a career that has spanned more than five decades, artist Barbara Beisinghoff has produced etchings, artists’ books, handmade paper, and installations, and has exhibited her work internationally in China, Peru, Israel, Egypt, Korea, Italy, and the US. Beisinghoff will serve as an artist-in-residence this fall at Vassar College.
A selection of Beisinghoff’s works will be on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Project Gallery and in the Art Library. The exhibition, When Light Touches Paper, will be on view September 29-October 16. An opening reception will be held in the Art Center’s Sculpture Garden at 5:00pm on September 29. On Monday, October 3, a documentary about Beisinghoff’s work, produced by artist Eva Wal, will have its premiere screening. All events are free and open to the public.
A prize-winning graphic artist, Beisinghoff creates etchings and artists’ books from handmade paper with watermarks and waterjet drawings. During her residency at Vassar, Beisinghoff with work students and faculty from German Studies to create illustrations for their children’s book, from Biology to teach about plants for paper making, and Media Studies to talk about artist books. In her hometown, Dreieich, near Frankfurt, Germany, she worked on one project with 250 children, whose drawings—etched into copper reliefs—are embedded in the pavement around the town hall. At Vassar, she will engage in a tree poetry project with students, which entails putting words and quotes from pulp on the beautiful trees of Vassar’s arboretum. The tree project will also be available for viewing.
The Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)
In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.
CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines.
Each academic year, CAAD has focused on one of the five senses. The theme for the 2016-17 year is touch.
Exhibition: When Light Touches Paper
September 29-October 16
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Vassar College Art Library
Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, September 29, 5:00pm
Frances Lehman Loeb art Center, Sculpture Garden
Monday, October 3, time and place to be announced.
A new documentary about the work of Barbara Beisinghoff, directed by Eva Wal
Thursday, October 6, 5:00pm
Frances Lehman Loeb art Center
Barbara Beisinghoff and Silke von der Emde will lead an informal talk about the exhibition When Light Touches Paper.
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