“The concept of printing bigger prints—that’s not new,” says Art Prof. Berel Lutsky, founder of the award-winning Really BIGPRINTS! event. What sets Really BIGPRINTS!! apart (having just completed its fourth edition since 2014) is the level of collaboration between campus, community and artists—even beyond the physical process of printing with a 9,000-pound machine.
“The difference between this and other street-roller events” (Yes, there are others!) “is we keep a print of each artist. A lot of the time with these events, people make the prints, take them home and no one ever sees them again. So these get seen.” Curated selections from the entire collection are displayed throughout the state.
Post-event, the official UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc’s Campus, Really BIGPRINTS!! archive now stands at 131. The latest editions will be displayed in the Rahr West Art Museum starting on July 30, 2021 and later in the fall at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers.
Lutsky also bestowed an additional kudo to the city of Manitowoc for donating the use of the street roller. “That was huge—those can get very expensive.”
– Photos by Sue Pischke and Michael Shaw, Marketing and University Communication.