Where Land and Water Always Meet: Printmaking by Catherine Chauvin + Fawn Atencio


Contact: Dr. Erin Hanke ehanke@sheridan.edu 307.752.3277

March 12, 2017


Sheridan, WY—March 11, 2017—The Whitney Center for the Arts presents master printmakers Catherine Chauvin and Fawn Atencio in their exhibition Where Land and Water Always Meet.  The exhibition is on view in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery March 21 – April 13. The Edward A. Whitney Gallery is free and open to the public.  The hours are Monday-Fridays from 10a-7p and Sundays from 12-4p.  More information at WhitneyArts.org.

Where Land and Water Always Meet interprets public lands and altered bodies of water. Using Colorado as a point of departure, these landscapes appear carved or diminished, but carry a visual beauty and an insistent content beyond the edges of the paper.

Each artist has been addressing landscapes through a contemporary lens: Chauvin, looking at man’s land use, manipulations ranging from logging, to preservation and paths through spaces. Atencio, looks at how water behaves as it creates paths, patterns, and connections to the land it intercedes. The prints are significant in that each artist uses a combination of low tech (monotype, relief) and high tech (lithography, digital) print processes, which convey a curiosity and concern for land and water issues in a unique and thoughtful manner. The artists’ subjects of land and water become abstracted through their choices: hand drawing meets printed and digital processes, and textures of ink meet close observation and trace monotypes. A real environment interpreted through printmaking becomes surreal while maintaining something tangible.

The artists are pursuing a collaborative goal, creating pieces leading to insightful dialogue between the work and viewer.

This is the first collaboration of two professional printmakers:

Catherine Chauvin teaches at the University of Denver and was previously Master Printer and Director of the School of Visual Arts’ P.R.I.N.T. (Print Research Institute) at the University of North Texas. Catherine trained at the Tamarind Institute (UNM, Albuquerque, NM 1996-98), after receiving her MFA in printmaking at Syracuse University in 1991.

Fawn Atencio was born in Denver, Colorado. She studied at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a minor in environmental studies, graduating with honors..