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Dwight Pogue


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Dwight Pogue earned his B.F.A. and M.S. from Kansas State College and an M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

Professor Pogue teaches printmaking and drawing. He actively exhibits his work in national and international juried print exhibitions and is represented in various collections including Aetna Life Insurance, the Oklahoma State Art Collection, the Japan Print Association, Tokyo, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon. As a Fulbright recipient, he taught at the Bradford College of Art and Technology in England from 1975-77. He is Founder/Director of the annual Smith College Print Workshop, which has brought noted artists to Smith to collaborate with master printers in producing limited edition prints since 1984.

Pogue's 2012 book, Printmaking Revolution: New Advancements in Technology, Safety, and Sustainability, published by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, is written as a college studio textbook introducing revolutionary techniques for lithography, intaglio and screenprinting, so that the artist-printmaker can easily produce more technically professional prints. The book also offers groundbreaking information on embracing sustainable, petroleum-free materials that comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Printmaking Revolution features several of Pogue's students and some of the prints they produced through class projects in the Harnish Graphics Studio. It also features work by noted visiting artists in collaboration with master printers who were assisted by Smith students during the annual Smith College Print Workshops.

Pogue has been a visiting artist at various venues including Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland, Rhode Island School of Design, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, and most recently (2014) at Haystack Mountain, Deer Isle, Maine. Since 1999 he has been invited regularly to present his collaborative research findings at annual SGC International Conferences.

Of his current work, Pogue states "I am presently producing a series of large (30 by 40 inch) color lithographs of flower blossoms metaphorically transformed into 21st century comic characters featuring brilliant colors and dramatic air brush effects with bold highlights. Flowers as a subject are as old as image making and my intention is to make them extraordinary for today's viewer. Three editions are complete with two in progress and four more in the planning stages.

Recently, I was invited to teach a sustainable print workshop at the Universidad Dinis Terrae, Santiago, Chile. Since the event takes place this fall during my teaching semester at Smith, and conflicts with the upcoming 2015 annual Smith College Print Workshop, I asked one of my former Smith honors students, Kate Conlon ('11) to sit in for me. Kate was a principal collaborator and contributor to my book, Printmaking Revolution, and she recently earned an M.F.A. from the Chicago Art Institute. This spring I am directing a collaborative sustainable print project at the 2016 SGC International Conference in Portland, Oregon."

Printmaking Revolution by Dwight Pogue