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IFA to host printmaker Joan Hausrath for Artists Speak

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Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) will host printmaker Joan Hausrath as part of its on-going Artists Speak program at 1 p.m. April 18

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IFA began its Artists Speak series in 2018 as a way for established Rhode Island artists to present their artwork and tell the stories of how their creative lives and careers unfolded. The series aims to heighten public understanding of how the arts connect to building community.

Link to the Zoom event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85395342791?pwd=bnA2NFVyd2l4YS84d2ZlM3ZXdlQ5QT09

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Joan Hausrath grew up in Ohio where she spent many hours enraptured by the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. After receiving an MFA in printmaking from Bowling Green (OH) State University and an MA in art history from Ohio State University, she taught full-time at Ohio State University and Bridgewater (MA) State University.

For several years after graduate school, Hausrath created prints using the traditional process of etching, but then in a shift of focus, turned to fiber art. For 15 years she had a successful career designing and creating hand dyed, handwoven wall pieces that ended up in a number of corporate collections. Since then, she has maintained an interest in fine crafts.

When Hausrath returned to printmaking as her primary medium, it was with the desire, both for the sake of her own health and that of her students, to pursue healthier processes and to utilize safer materials than traditional, solvent and acid-based products. Several grants enabled her to travel to Scotland, Italy, and Canada as well as locations in the US to investigate new directions in printmaking with some of the foremost printmakers in the field of alternative printmaking. In 2003, Hausrath retired from teaching and relocated to a live/work loft in Pawtucket where she maintains her studio and teaches workshops in safer and non-toxic printmaking.

She says, “I’m printmaker because I love the process of transferring ink to paper. Depending on the technique, arriving at a finished print may take numerous steps with problem-solving technical challenges along the way. I first experiment with intaglio, relief, lithography, and monotype to discover what best serves the imagery and what I want to say about it. I then produce a series of prints that explore the theme until I feel I have exhausted the possibilities. That is when I move on to another series. It is the journey of initial idea to finished body of work that I find so rewarding.”

Besides Hausrath, speakers for the 2021 series include Jazzmen Lee-Johnson who will speak on May 16 and Pamela Seymour Smith Sharp who will speak on June 10. Please watch for more details as these dates approach.


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