Foam Block Prints by PSU Professor Annette W. Mitchell

April 6th, 2006 by Adam

In 1992 Plymouth State University Professor of Art Annette W. Mitchell pioneered a printing process that would be accessible to artists at all levels, without any special equipment except pieces of foam to use as printing plates, everyday utensils for “carving” the plates, a roller, inks and something to print on. Since then she has continued to hone the process, creating complex, multilayer works printed on a variety of surfaces.

art printA selection of Mitchell’s recent works, gathered under the title Dancing with Line, is on exhibit at the Kimball-Jenkins Carriage House Gallery in Concord, through April 28.

Mitchell says, “My recent foam block prints are often printed on Arches cover paper or primed cotton canvas. Each image is original and one-of-a-kind, not created in editions or reproduced in giclee techniques.”

Many images take days—sometimes weeks to create. Some prints require multiple registrations to build the color and textured surfaces. “My subject matter varies, but the common thread has always been a celebration of the rich textures, colors and forms that can be gained through this medium,” Mitchell says.

Information about foam-plate printing is available in Mitchell’s book, Foam is Where the Art Is, or on video or DVD. Visit for more information.

The Carriage House Gallery hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary artwork by School of Art faculty and students as well as group and solo exhibitions by some of the region’s finest practicing artists.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,? Wednesdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m., or by appointment. Call 225-3932 for information or logon to

The Kimball-Jenkins Estate and Carriage House are accessible from Interstate 93. From I-93, take exit 15W onto I-393W. At the second set of stop lights, take a sharp right. The Kimball-Jenkins Estate driveway is the first turn on your right. Follow signs to parking in rear.