“The concept of printing larger prints is nothing new,” says art professor Berel Lutsky, founder of the award-winning event Really BIGPRINTS. What sets Really BIGPRINTS apart (which has just completed its fifth edition since 2004) is the level of collaboration between campus, community and artists, even beyond the physical process of printing with a 9,000 pound machine.
“The difference between this event and other street-roller events” (Yes, there are others!) “Is that we keep a copy of each artist. Most of the time with these events, people do the fingerprints, take them home and no one ever sees them again. So these are seen. Organized selections from the entire collection are displayed statewide.
After the event, the official archives of UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc’s Campus, Really BIGPRINTS now stand at 131. The latest editions will be on display at the Rahr West Art Museum from July 30, 2021 and later in the fall at Hamilton Wood Type Museum at Deux Rivières.
Lutsky also gave an additional tribute to the town of Manitowoc for donating the use of the street roller. “It was huge, it can be very expensive. “
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– Photos by Sue Pischke and Michael Shaw, University Marketing and Communications.