Art Under Pressure

Thanks to an NEA Challenge America Grant and support from Bob Allen Motor Mall and the Trim Masters Charitable Foundation, the Community Arts Center facilitated a five-month printmaking project with students at Danville High School and guest artists from Louisville.


Using small wood blocks, students learned the fundamentals of printmaking, including design, carving, and image transfer. Then, students worked collaboratively to create much larger designs, inspired by comic book covers. Students carved the seven finished designs onto 4′ by 8′ blocks of wood.

The project culminated in a public Steamroller Printmaking event on May 14th. Guest artists worked to roll black ink onto the carved wooden blocks, then pressed the image onto sheets of canvas using a commercial-grade steamroller.

The finished prints are on display in windows of the Gilcher Building (downtown Danville), the Boyle County Public Library, and the Bob Allen Motor Mall showroom.

To see pictures of the project (including the steamroller event!) check out our Facebook album.

Art Under Pressure was made possible by:

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Trim Masters Charitable Foundation

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