Friday, April 6 -- 11 am - 12:30 pm + 12:30 - 2 pm -- UNLV (HFA 152 )

LIGHT TO MATRIX: Laser Technology for Printmaking Applications

Demonstrator: Myles Dunigan

Printmaking has always been a medium driven by ­­technological advances. From Gutenberg’s press to the advent of inkjet printers, devices born from industry and invention have been a wellspring of creative potential for artists, who in turn push these technologies in novel, surprising ways. The modern laser cutter is no exception, and these machines have become affordable enough to be commonplace in academic and creative communities. This workshop will focus on how a laser cutter can be utilized for a variety of graphic applications. From carving woodblocks and engraving intaglio plates, to cutting stencils and burning designs into paper, laser cutters possess enormous potential for print practices. Laser cutters work from a digital file and thus the output could come from a drawing, photograph, painting, or anything in between. The goal of this workshop is to demonstrate the potential of laser cutting across a variety of print media while providing a strategy for developing digital files to maximize results



Myles Dunigan is a visual artist based in the Boston area. He received his M.F.A. in visual art from the University of Kansas and his B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Dunigan has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions including the Far Eastern Museum in Khabarovsk, Russia, the Southern Arkansas Art Center, the International Print Center of New York, and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. He is currently the printmaking technician at Wellesley College.