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Printmaker to do residency and give Greer Lecture at Bethel

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The public will have an opportunity to get to know Bethel College's visiting artist, on campus for a week during the January interterm.

Austin, Texas-based artist Johanna Mueller will be in residence in Rachel Epp Buller’s printmaking class Jan. 12-15.

Mueller will also give the Greer Lecture Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. A “pop-up exhibition” of some of Mueller’s work will be in the Regier Gallery Jan. 13-15.

The Greer Lecture will be followed by an artist reception outside Krehbiel Auditorium, near the gallery. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Mueller is a printmaker, artist and entrepreneur, originally from Denver. Her artwork involves symbols and themes from both Eastern and Western mythology and cultural traditions, which juxtapose themselves in animal form in her intricate engravings.

The images in Mueller’s work evoke memories from literature and myth, producing a modern folklore that contains both personal narrative and secular themes.

Mueller is deeply involved in the printmaking world. She has shared the art of engraving as a visiting artist at institutions such as the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, Bowling Green (Ohio) University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Independence, Texas, and taught workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, the Donkey Mill, Hilo, Hawaii, and Frogman’s Printmaking Workshops in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Mueller is co-owner of the Lion’s Nest Gallery and Printshop in Austin, which represents small works from printmakers across the country. She actively sells her own work at art fairs and galleries across the country. Her work resides in collections worldwide.

During her week at Bethel College, Mueller will work with students at multiple levels to teach them the art of relief engraving.

This includes instruction in how to use and sharpen engraving tools, how to plan an image, grayscale and pattern techniques, and other tips and tricks.

Students will also assist in printing an edition of Mueller’s work from a plate she will complete in the Bethel classroom, with some of these limited-edition prints to remain at Bethel in the print collection.

“I’m so pleased that Johanna can join us for part of our interterm printmaking class,” said Epp Buller, assistant professor of visual art and design at Bethel.

“In addition to her extensive background conducting engraving workshops, Johanna will share with students about her varied experiences in the business of art, which include carving large-scale shop signage and transforming an Airstream® trailer into a traveling print shop.”

The late Dr. Robert C. and Amparo Goering initiated the Greer Fine Arts Endowment at Bethel in 1979 in memory of their friend Milford E. Greer, Jr. Greer, who was interested in literature and music and excelled as an artist, died in an auto accident in 1972 at age 45. The Greer Endowment helps bring visiting artists and scholars in the areas of music, visual arts or theater to the Bethel campus.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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