Acclaim for PSU Art Students, Alumni and Faculty

February 27th, 2007 by Adam

The Boston Printmakers 2007 Fifth Arches Student Print Show includes works by five Plymouth State University art majors. The highly competitive juried exhibition presents works by printmaking students from New England Colleges including Rhode Island School of Design, Mass College of Art, Boston University School of the Arts, The Boston Museum School, Hartford School of Art and many others.

PSU students with works in the exhibition are Jimmy Russell, an art major from Nashua who graduated in December; Laura Tripodi, a senior art major from East Windsor, Ct.; Laura Utley, a senior BFA major from Dover; Jacinda Isabey (two prints), a continuing education student from North Woodstock and Amanda LaBrie, a senor BFA major from Goffstown. Isabey’s pieces received special recognition. Information is online at <a href=""

Ten student artists and five Plymouth State University faculty are presenting works in the exhibition Prints of the Year 2007 at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord through March 30.

“Participants include nationally and internationally know printmakers, professional artists and the finest printmaking students in New Hampshire,” according to Cynthia Vascak, PSU art department chair.

The works exhibited span the full range of printmaking techniques, including etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzoint, woodcut, wood engraving, silkscreen, relief printing, lithography and monoprint. Several prints combine techniques and others involve printing on unconventional surfaces such as fabric and wood.

Student exhibitors are Amanda LaBrie, Ann Marie Bobon, a senior BFA major from Middleton Delaware; Laura Utley, Michelle Munson, a senior art education major from Dover; Chris Naro, a recent B.A. graduate from Plymouth; Jimmy Russell, Laura Tripodi, Chris Marcoux, a recent BFA graduate from Winslow, Maine; Jacinda Isabey, and Alma Grand, a continuing education student from Campton.

Faculty exhibitors are Anita Dillman, Terry Downs, Carol Jowdy, Annette Mitchell and Cynthia Vascak.

Prints of the Year is open daily free of charge at Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2 White Street, Concord. Information is available on the Franklin Pierce Web site,

In addition, Art New England selected art department adjunct Chehalis Hegner’s image, Trophy, from her series on “Photography and Healing” for the cover of the February¬March issue. The image was also featured in a Boston Globe review of the PRC/POV gallery exhibition in November and by Popular Photography and American Photographer Web sites for “Photo Exhibitions in America to see in November–December.” The image is available online at

“The Art Department is proud to celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements of our students,” said art department chair Cynthia Vascak. “Their talents, skills, and accomplishments have been recognized annually in highly competitive exhibition programs. Students and alumni from all of our major programs in art education, graphic design, drawing, painting and printmaking have not only participated in these exhibition opportunities, but they have excelled.

“Their work competes with student work from nationally prestigious institutions and rises to award winning recognition. Indeed, the quality and caliber of our students’ work demonstrates the excellence of the Fine Arts education that they have received and are receiving here in the Art Department of PSU. These opportunities also enable us, as a community, to celebrate and applaud their efforts, their growth, and their many talents.”

For information contact Dr. Cynthia Vascak at (603) 535-3001.