Transforming the Commonplace

Transforming the Commonplace showcases the recent work of three artists who have been exploring the collagraph printing process. Unlike the long-practiced traditional forms of printmaking, such as metal-plate etchings and lithography, collagraph printmaking allows the practitioner to work in a variety of ways, often using found materials to construct their printing surfaces.

These works by Catherine Drabkin, Martha Hayden, and Karen Antonelli highlight the experimentation, tactility, and play that is characteristic of collagraph printmaking. Each artist repurposes everyday items and cast-off materials to develop their own unique printing techniques and visual language.

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Exhibition Details

Date: August 16 – November 12, 2023

Gallery: Pollock Foundation Education Center Gallery

Catherine Drabkin

Catherine Drabkin received her BFA from the Maryland Institute/College of Art and her MFA from Queens College/Cuny. She has exhibited work both nationally and internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections. Her most recent solo exhibition at the Madeline Cohen Gallery of the Community College of Philadelphia traveled to the Blair Gallery in the Hoyt Arts Center in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

She has been represented by Kraushaar Galleries in New York since 1995. A founding faculty of the Delaware College of Art and Design, she has also taught at the University of Nebraska/Omaha, Southern Connecticut State University Seton Hill University, Point Park University, and Dartmouth College.

Karen Antonelli

Karen Antonelli is an artist and educator living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Born in England, she came to the US in 1994. She has exhibited at Arnolfini Gallery and Bristol City Museum in the UK, and SilverEye, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh. Three of her large-scale drawings are in the permanent collection on exhibition at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Her photography is in private collections in both the UK and the US.

Antonelli holds an MFA from Vermont College, Vermont. She teaches photography in the BFA program at Point Park University and will be teaching a course in the Fall semester for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Fine Art.

Martha Hayden

Martha Hayden divides her time between New York City and southern Wisconsin. Her most recent U.S. residencies were at the Montana Artists Refuge, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico, and at I-Park, in East Haddam, CT.  She is included in many public collections, including the Museo do Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and The Brooklyn Museum and The Smithsonian. Corporate collections include those of Amoco, GTE, Ameritech, and Frito-Lay.

Martha Hayden’s work has won more than 50 awards and has been exhibited in over 450 regional and national museum and gallery exhibitions.

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