The Collaborative Print

Trenton Doyle Hancock, "You Are a Liar and the Truth Is Not in You" (detail), 2010. Acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 90 X 132".

The Collaborative Print: An Island Press Master Class with Trenton Doyle Hancock
June 4-22, 2012
Application Deadline Extended: May 1, 2012

Collaboration can be a dynamic force in the work of any artist, particularly printmakers. This three-week workshop provides participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of workshop printing at the Sam Fox School's Island Press as they collaborate with Trenton Doyle Hancock, the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist, and master printer Tom Reed.

During the first week, participants will focus on a print project with Hancock, working with the artist to choose strategies and techniques that play on the concepts and strengths in his work. Under the guidance of Reed, participants will also serve as hands-on assistants throughout the process, helping Hancock to arrive at a finished print.

Following Hancock's residency, participants will look closely at technical and conceptual aspects of the collaborative printmaking environment, with plenty of time focused on studio research and the development of an exchange portfolio in response to the project.

This 3-credit workshop will take place daily from 9a to 4p, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening lectures. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested print professionals.

About Trenton Doyle Hancock

Trenton Doyle Hancock's prints, drawings, and collaged felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. His paintings often rework Biblical stories he learned as a child from his family and local church community. Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, his works create a painterly space of psychological dimension.

Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the University of South Florida, Tampa; Savannah College of Art and Design; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. The recipient of numerous awards, Hancock lives and works in Houston, where he was a 2002 Core Artist in Residence at the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He earned his BFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

About Island Press

Island Press is a research-based printmaking workshop at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University that is committed to creating and publishing innovative prints and multiples, educating students and the broader community about print media, and advancing the printmaking field.

Prensky Island Press Visiting Artists work closely with faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students through a variety of programs and interactions to create innovative prints that garner a critical response from national and international audiences. Visit the Island Press website for more information.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for The Collaborative Print: A Master Class with Trenton Doyle Hancock is $3,120, and fees are $100. If a student withdraws from the workshop after it begins, no portion of tuition will be refunded.

Housing & Meals

If you decide to live on campus while attending the course, you will stay in one of our secure, modern residence houses with other members of Washington University summer programs. These facilities are complete with study rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities and floor lounges. A meal plan may be purchased by any student living—on- or off-campus—and will allow you to enjoy a variety of food choices while on the campus.

The estimated cost of on-campus housing from June 4-22 is $700; the estimated cost of a University meal plan is $375.

Application Process

Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by May 1, 2012. You will be notified upon acceptance to the program, and a non-refundable deposit of $500, which will be applied toward tuition, will be required to confirm your admission.

Space is limited. Please send the following materials:
1. Completed application form; download pdf version of application.
2. One-page statement of purpose.
3. Five images on a CD in a powerpoint format.
4. One-page resume.
5. A check, made payable to Washington University in St. Louis, for a $35 non-refundable processing fee.

Applications and fees can be e-mailed or mailed to:

Belinda Lee
Assistant Director of Special Programs
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1031
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899