Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. Students come from around the world to hone their technical skills in lithography and master the art of collaborative printmaking, a special partnership that brings together the expertise of a master printer and the creativity of an artist. Tamarind hosts the only educational program in the world that focuses specifically on creating master printers, and many of its students have established print workshops around the world.
EXCAVATED showcases lithographs created by 16 student artists who are currently working at the Tamarind Institute. The exhibition will be in the Tamarind Gallery May 6 through May 12, and works will be available for purchase. Tamarind invites the public to an opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. The Tamarind Gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After a full semester dedicated to perfecting their technique, Tamarind students become “master printers” as they collaborate with art students in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Art and Art History. A selection of the resulting lithographs created during the program or before, will be on exhibition for five days in the Tamarind Gallery.
Tamarind printers include Mark Williams, Ash Armenta, Eric Euler, Thomas Cert, Carlie Salomans, Jordan Welsh, Michael De La Cruz, and Shasta Blackford. University of New Mexico artists include Ed Brandt, Hollis Moore, Kacie Smith, Marcie Brewer, Molly Zimmer, Ben Lenetsky, Bianca Ferreira, and Erin Fussell.