Nicholls Printmaking Professor’s Work to Be Featured in National Exhibition

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Ross Jahnke, Interim Art Department Head, has had a printmaking piece accepted to a national exhibition, the Four Rivers Print Biennial.

Jahnke’s work is titled “Food Court,” an image inspired by a sketch he made in an airport eatery. The piece was one of 44 selected from 229 submissions by 87 artists to the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale exhibit. The exhibition will be from Feb. 5 to March 27, with a reception and awards ceremony on March 21.

“The print titled ‘Food Court’ is one of my favorites from the last two years,” Jahnke said. “I try to draw when I have downtime so many of my sketches are done in seating areas and restaurants. I draw the people who like me are quietly waiting for something to


To make the print, Jahnke redrew the sketch onto a sheet of plywood and carved with gouges. He created the colors using a different printing process called silkscreen.

Jahnke said having his artwork selected by Mark Pascale, the Art Institute of Chicago’s senior lecturer in printmaking, is an honor. Pascale is also the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.