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Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking


Kerry James Marshall


Kerry James Marshall was born in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, and was educated at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied with renowned printmaker Charles White, He received a BFA, and then honorary doctorate From Otis Art Institute in 1999. The subject matter of his paintings, installations, prints and public projects is often drawn from African-American popular culture, and is rooted in the geography of his upbringing: “You can’t be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you’ve got some kind of social responsibility. You can’t move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go,” says Marshall.


In “RYTHM MASTR,” Marshall creates a comic book for the twenty-first century, pitting ancient African sculptures come to life against a cyberspace elite that risks losing touch with traditional culture.


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Print Maker Emeritus


Helen Frederick


Helen Frederick is recognized as an artist using printmaking, artist books, electronic media and installation works as a basis for commentary. Her BFA and MFA degrees are from the Rhode Island School of Design, and she attended and received a first year teaching graduate fellowship: in printmaking from Ohio State University, She is the founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a Center for Contemporary Collaborative Projects in Printmaking, Hand Papermaking, and the Art of the Book. She serves as Professor and Coordinator of Printmaking, Department of Art and Visual Information Technology, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia where she directs Navigation Press.


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Teaching Excellence in Printmaking


Steve Murakishi, former Head of the Print Media Department (1981 | 2002), Cranbrook Academy of Art & Design, Bloomfield HIlls, MI


Steve Murakishi has worked as an artist, curator, writer/lecturer, teacher, and was the Head of the Print Media Department, at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1981 - 2002. He currently resides in Boston and works as an independent artist and curator.


The edges of Murakishi's works are in the cultural, political and sometimes common identities of our contemporary milieu. These works cut deeply into the elliptical path of social complexities, cultural differences and individual identities.


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Honorary Member of the Council


Ed O’Neil


Ed O’Neil is a painter and printmaker who, when not pursuing his art, spends his time as a concrete materials research engineer for the U.S. Army.  His love of printmaking dates back to 1972 when he took an etching class with Dennis Davenport.

In 1988 Stephen Cook, president of SGC at that time, asked him to join the Southern Graphics Council.  Ed agreed and asked what he could do for the Council.  Stephen had the idea for a product fair at the annual conference and asked Ed to organize it.  The first vendor fair took place in 1989 at the University of Alabama with 6 vendors.  Since that time Mr. O’Neil has organized 18 vendor fairs for the annual SGC conferences, which now draw around 36-40 vendors each year.  Ed also held the position of Treasurer for the Southern Graphics Council from 1990-1992. 

His devotion and service to the Southern Graphics Council over the past 19 years makes him an obvious choice to receive this year’s “Honorary Member of the Council Award”.




VCU's Award of Distinction


David Freed


Artist David Freed was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1936. Freed earned a masters of fine arts degree (cum laude) in 1962 from the University of Iowa, studying under legendary printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. The following year he received a Fulbright Grant to London where he attended the Royal College of Art. In 1966 Freed moved to Richmond, Virginia to start the printmaking program at Richmond Professional Institute, which later became Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at VCU, teaching intaglio and relief processes to several generations of undergraduate and graduate students until his retirement in 2005.


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