Courtney R. Thompson is an arts professional living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [April 2013]

Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue

Ian Schneller, White Hornlet (2012), handmade cotton paper, mixed media, 19 x 19 x 5 inches. Photo: Rod Slemmons.

"Material Assumptions” is a provocation to reconsider paper—specifically handmade paper, and its potential to support, hold and challenge form. The exhibition was developed through an independent study graduate course at Chicago’s Columbia College led by Jessica Cochran, Read More

Inuit Prints, Japanese Inspiration: Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic

Niviasi [Niviaksiak], Three Caribou (1957), stonecut, 23 x 36.5 cm. Printed by Kananginak Pootoogook, Cape Dorset, Canada.

In the late 1950s, The West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative in Cape Dorset was an exciting place to be in the Canadian East Arctic. Its burst of experimental creativity, its trajectory from single room craft shop to important print studio, and its impact in terms of cultural exchange Read More

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Jost Amman, The Ptolemaic System (1579) from Barthelemy de Chasseneuz, Catalogus gloraie mundi, Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend, etching and engraving in “Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge.”

"Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe” sets out to develop the role of the artist as an integral contributor to visual culture around and during the 16th century. The exhibition provides a convincing argument with a significant collection of etchings, engravings and woodcuts illuminating the artist’s role in the production and introduction of observation, visualization and the importance of collaboration in the execution of new technologies. Read More

“Pulled Pressed and Printed” in Chicago

The "Pulled Pressed and Printed" exhibition of Chicago printmakers on view at Expo 72 was initially underwhelming. At first I was put off by the slightly haphazard display and DIY aesthetic. There was little information about the printmakers and the presses they worked with. However, as I circled the relatively small space, noting the different printmaking studios, I began to appreciate and savor Read More