Thom Shaw was a prolific, Cincinnati-based artist best known for his challenging imagery in painting, drawing and printmaking. Shaw’s artwork explored a wide range of subject matter: urban poverty, violence, racism, his own illness, science fiction; all deeply personal to the artist. This talk will focus on Shaw’s life and work with a special emphasis on his lineage and significance as a printmaker.
Ellen Jean Price was born in New York City and grew up in Saint Albans, Queens. She attended the Art Students League and Hunter College before she completed her BA in Art from Brooklyn College. She earned her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, in 1986. Ellen is currently a Professor of Art at Miami University, where she also serves as Director of Graduate Programs. Her prints are included in public and private collections and her creative work was recognized with Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in 1996, 2001 and 2009, as well as with a Cincinnati Summerfair Artist Award in 1998. Her artwork has been included in recent exhibitions of contemporary printmaking, including Here’s Looking at You, Portraits in Ohio, at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH; Stones Throw, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts exhibition space in New York City, and Print Houston: NEXT, a national biennial juried by Dr. Dena M. Woodall, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Price remains an active participant in the printmaking community and is currently writing an article for the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the Mid America Print Council Journal.
Co-sponsored by Contemporary Art Forum and Miami University Art Museum