Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Steamroller Printing at the Woodson Art Museum!

That's the Woodson Art Museum's brand-new addition on the left.
It was SO new I think the paint was still wet when we arrived. ;-)

File this post under "Unexpected Results of Casual Conversations." Or perhaps "See What Your Big Mouth Got You Into This Time."

'Way back in September readers may recall that I went to Wausau, Wisconsin for the opening of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's annual Birds in Art exhibition. It's a wonderful show in a beautiful facility, hosted by a top-notch staff. Yeah. I like that place.

ANYWAY... during the course of the opening weekend I had a conversation with curator Jane Weinke, who asked whether I ever made large prints. I said that I had not, but that one of these days I'd like to print something REALLY big.

"You know," I said. "Steamroller-sized prints."

We had a laugh and chatted some more and I forgot all about the conversation... at least until I returned home and had an email from education curator Jayna Hintz.

"Hey Sherrie, tell me more about steamroller printing."

And the rest, as they say, is history. Or at least it WILL be history after May 5, when my recently-confirmed residency will conclude.

Beginning April 28 I'll be "in da house" at the Woodson, sharing printmaking experiences with museum visitors and building momentum for the Big Event. Saturday, May 4 we'll clear the museum parking lot for a steamroller printing extravaganza with area high school students. (Last week we already had over 60 kids registered.. and it's only February!)

I'm extremely excited about this residency, but as I haven't organized a steamroller event before I'll be happy to hear any suggestions and advice from those of you who have. I'm feeling good about it overall, but the voice of experience is always welcome. What did you wish you had known the first time the big beast thundered across the pavement?

Stay tuned!


  1. Keep your hands and feet out of the way.... ;)

  2. Wonderful news ! Congratulations on this honor. I have had no experience along those lines so cannot give any advice. You will do well !

  3. Wow, a residency at the Woodson. I'm getting all misty-eyed. You are living the dream, girl. But I guess just like sleep dreams, weird things can show up out of nowhere in waking life, too. And steamrollers ARE kinda cool (this from the girl who played with Tonka toys rather than Barbie).

  4. Yep, word has it that the company that's bringing the equipment is bringing us a 1,300-lb, 5-foot-barrel model. Fingers, toes, and all assorted body parts shall be kept clear.

  5. will be interested to see the results and hopefully no one ends up with flatten toes o.0