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Joseph Hildreth, of Potsdam, NY, visited the IEA for an artist residency over the week of May 16. Receiving his MFA from Pratt Institute in printmaking and painting, Joseph has has a storied career including distinguished professor of SUNY Postdam and the art curator of the SUNY system at the galleries of the State University in Albany. Joseph is best known for his intaglio prints with a career that spans decades.

Joseph focused on bridging his work, which has by and large existed in the traditional realm, across the digital realm by translating his drawings into polymer plates, woodblocks, and digital prints. Focusing primarily on polymer prints, our new plate maker was put through its paces experimenting with different exposure times to maximize the range of blacks from his charcoal drawings. Additionally, Joseph made use of the Epilog laser cutter to produce a wood block for printing at his studio in Potsdam and a small series of Iris prints.

Below are a selection of photos and prints from Joseph’s residency.

Joseph (left) and Tim Pauszek, a technical specialist within the Division of Expanded Media who worked with Joseph extensively to produce and print his polymer plates

Joseph (left) and Tim Pauszek, a technical specialist within the Division of Expanded Media who worked with Joseph extensively to produce and print his polymer plates

Joseph and Tim evaluating tests of different polymer plate exposures

Joseph and Tim evaluating tests of different polymer plate exposures

Drawing for polymer print by Joseph Hildreth

Drawing for polymer print by Joseph Hildreth

Drawing for polymer print by Joseph Hildreth

Drawing for polymer print by Joseph Hildreth

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