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Visual Arts

Carrie A. Scanga

Associate Professor of Art

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Visual Arts

Edwards Center for Art & Dance - 232

Teaching this semester

VART 1201. Printmaking I, A

How do we design images that visually express what we want to communicate? This question is at the heart of the printmaking discipline, which originated in the book and news printing industries and was later adopted as a tool by visual artists. Offers an exploration of image making through traditional and digital craft. Basic printmaking strategies and materials are introduced, such as ink, pressure, stencils, and multiples. Practices fine art print processes (digital, relief, and intaglio) using contemporary formats such as zines, stenciling, found objects, and collaboration. Exposure to historical and contemporary examples of printmaking through library special collections and museum visits, trips to local print shops and artists’ studios, demonstrations, visiting artist projects, and critiques supplement learning in the printmaking studio. Prior experience with other methods of image making, such as drawing or photography, is not required.

Carrie Scanga: Bowdoin College: Visual Art

Carrie Scanga is a printmaker and installation artist. She attended Bryn Mawr College as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from University of Washington in Seattle in 2001. Her works on paper, artists books, and installations have been exhibited throughout the world in solo and group exhibitions and received critical recognition in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Printeresting.org. Some recent notable exhibitions include: the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME), the Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX), PLUG Projects (Kansas City, MO), Islip Art Museum (East Islip, NY), St. Louis Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), El Conteiner (Quito, Ecuador), Janet Turner Print Museum (Chico, CA), and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz, NY).

She has been awarded fellowships from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, Fundación Valparaíso, Sculpture Space, Artspace, and the Salina Art Center.


Solo Exhibitions

2015    Float, Lachaise Gallery, Center for Visual Research, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA (catalog)

2014    Navigation Lights, University of Maine, Presque Isle, ME

2014    Carrie Scanga: Monotypes, Smith College Brown Fine Arts Center, Northampton, MA    

2013    Breathe and Swarm, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY

2013    Air Mail, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany

2012    Breathe: the Emergent Colony, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO

2012    Ballast/Break, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2011    Breathe, St. Louis Craft Alliance & SGCI, St. Louis, MO (catalog)

2011    Fashion Lab, Display Windows, SAKS 5th Avenue

2010    The Big Blow-Up (a collective breath experiment), Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2010    View From High Places, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA

2009    Allegories and Architecture, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS (catalog)

2006     Pastland, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2006    Orienteering, collaboration with writer, Martin Seay, Provincetown Theater, Provincetown, MA

2006    Recent Works, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

2005    Fantastic Girlhood, Artspace, Raleigh, NC (catalog)

2005    The First Flower Of Spring, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2005    Relaciones Espaciales, El Conteiner, Quito, Ecuador

2002    Of Being Not Places, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Installation Works in Group Exhibitions

2017    Global Print 2017, Lamego Art Museum, Lamego, Portugal (catalog) (forthcoming in May)

2015    Media Matters, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, MO (juror: Tom Eckert)

2013    Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME (catalog)

2012    Large Scale Prints, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA

2012    Scale in Contemporary Printmaking, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA

2012    Building New Traditions, The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University Chico, CA

2012    A Thickening Rhythm, Coleman Burke Gallery, Brunswick, ME (catalog)

2011    Inside and Outside the Clamshell Box, DCCC, Wilmington, DE

2008    The Medium is the Message, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2005    Fine Arts Work Center Fellows, Shreve, Crump, and Lowe, Boston, MA

2005    Works in Progress, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY

2004    New Works, Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA

2003    Projects ’03, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY (catalog)

2001    P.A.R.K., Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2001    Source, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001    Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (catalog)

Drawings and Prints in Group Exhibitions

2017    Printmakers of Zea Mays, Hardwick Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO (forthcoming in July)

2016    Marais Press: 20 Years of Collaborations and Migrations, Diboll Gallery, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

2016    The Unity of Opposites II, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland ME

2015    New Prints: Autumn, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

2014    Ink, Press, Repeat 2014, William Patterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ (catalog)

2014    Scratch the Surface, Leu Center for the Visual Arts at Belmont University, Nashville, TN

2014    7th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro, Douro Art Museum, Alijo, Portugal (September 2014)

2013    Global Print 2013, Lamego Art Museum, Lamego, Portugal (catalog)

2013    Transition, Leipzig International Art Programme Gallery, Leipzig, Germany (online catalog)

2013    Urban Impressions, Zea Mays Printmaking at Bing Art Center and Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA

2013    Wheaton College Drawing Biennial, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

2013    The Tabloids: A Portfoldio, Southern Graphics Council International, Milwaukee, WI

2013    Esta Tierra Plana, Embajadores de Provisiones, Madrid, Spain

2013    This Flat Earth, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2012    Maine Women Pioneers III, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME (catalog)

2012    A Poem to Behold, University of Maine Hutchinson Center Gallery, Belfast, ME

2012    Mythologies, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2012    East – West, traveling exhibition: University Art Gallery at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery, University of Central Florida Visual Arts Gallery, University of Colorado Art Museum, University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University Art Gallery, Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University, Rockford College Art Gallery, McNeese State University Art Gallery, North Dakota State University Art Gallery, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Boston University Department of Visual Arts, Purdue University Rueff Galleries (catalog)

2012    Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

2012    Reading, Writing, and Defining, Atrium Art Gallery at University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME

2011    Chain Letter, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany

2011    Space Invaders, Rose Contemporary, Portland, ME

2011    Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2010    Cut Shuffle and Draw, Illges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

2010    Philagrafika 2010 portfolio, Crane Arts and the Free Library, Philadelphia, PA

2010    Hudson Valley Artists 2010, Contemporary Art and Praxis, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY (as part of the Hudson Valley Seed Library Exhibition.)

2009    The Sketchbook Project, Art House Coop, Atlanta, GA; 303 Grand, New York, NY; Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Soulard Art Market, St. Louis, MO; Home Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009    Paper Narratives, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2009    Intaglio a go-go, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2007    4 Aces Wide Format Print Exhibition, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and University of Wisconsin, Madison

2007    The Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN

2007    New Prints 2007/Winter, International Print Center, New York, NY

2006    New Prints, 2000 – 2006, International Print Center New York, NY

2006    2006 FAWC Visual Fellows, Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA

2006    Paper Works, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA

2005    Domestic Policy, District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Glass Gallery, University of Texas at El Paso, TX

2003    New Prints 2003/Spring, International Print Center New York, NY

2003    Traditional and Contemporary, Ball State University Gallery, Muncie, IN

2002    Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University, AR

2001    Ports of Call, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

2001    Lagniappe IV, Union Art Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Drawing publications, DIALOGIST Journal, Vol. I, Issue III, June 2013

Artists’ Initiatives, Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME

“What’s Left to Judas,” collaborative word and image project with Jefferson Navicky, 2012

Collaboration with writer, Martin Seay, “New Strategies for Invisibility,” MAKE magazine, spring 2010

Collaboration with writer, Martin Seay: “Orienteering,” Shankpainter, literary publication for the Fine Arts Work Center, 2006

Cover art for Brevity and Echo, Rose Metal Press, Boston, MA, 2006

2013 Artist Residency, Art Print Residence, Barcelona, Spain

2012 Artist Residency, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA

2011 Artist Residency, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

2010 Artist-in-Residence, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2009 Fundación Valparaíso Fellowship, Mojácar, Spain

2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts

2007 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant

2006 Second-year Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Winter Fellowship

2005 Summer Artist-in-Residence, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

2005 Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Winter Fellowship

2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

2004 Creative Capital Foundation Finalist

2004 Sculpture Space Funded Residency, Utica, NY

2003 The MacDowell Colony Fellowship

2003 Special Opportunity Stipend, New York Foundation for the Arts