Friday, April 6 -- 2 pm - 3:30 + 3:30 - 5 pm -- UNLV (GRA 112)


Demonstrator: Margaret Craig

In this demo Margaret Craig will show the alternative printing process of casting a print in acrylic, tar gel pressless etching. Craig will show the way to ink a plate and apply acrylic. Additionally she will shown ways of drying, adhereing, shaping and forming prints for use in sculptural applications. Tips on etching methods, inks, gaining transparency,strectching, gluing and storing prints will be shown.


Margaret Craig received a degree in Biology Secondary Education, a BS in Art and an MA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She invented Tar Gel Pressless Etching and  has demonstrated that and other techniques at national conferences. She is often involved in trade portfolios and exhibits locally, nationally and internationally. On recent sabbatical she completed the Blue Star Berlin Residency program. Currently she is Professor and Chair of  Printmaking at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX . Her original Biology degree has been a major influence in the visual and ecological context of her work, and her shop promotes a less harmful approach to printmaking.


“ My art Informed by a biology background and printmaking methods, concerns contemplation of the ways we affect the plants and animals around us, and, sometimes how we may be affected by them. Most recently plastic is repurposed and evolves into creatures from the congregation of trash by the ocean gyres. The excessive process I use in my work evokes a quality of human over manipulation.  My intent is to create  work that will engender thought about the relationship between humans and their surroundings.”