During Fall 2008 the Mount Holyoke College Printmaking Workshop welcomed Jessica Stockholder as its visiting artist. The program—established in 1984 by studio art professor Nancy Campbell—brings accomplished women artists to the campus. Throughout their residency, the selected artists work in the College’s printmaking studio while students from Mount Holyoke, and the other Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts) observe and occasionally assist the artist and master printer. She worked throughout the fall semester, collaborating with Liz Chalfin, Printmaker and Director of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts.
Jessica Stockholder, a prominent contemporary sculptor was an ideal candidate for the MHC workshop. She is known for her vibrant, energetic, and site specific installations, as well as complex sculptures made from a multitude of materials: yarn, wire, rocks, fabric, fans, hay, toys, lights, plastic fruit, children’s toys, glass, brick, concrete, sheetrock, plywood, newspaper, paint, and even kitchen appliances. While she works primarily in three dimensions, she enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to be part of the project. Stockholder commented, “I am interested in the gestural marks and different textures that I can use in printmaking.” The program offered her the chance to convey her sculptural dexterity in a two-dimensional format. (from the Spring 2008 Mount Holyoke College Art Museum newsletter)