This is the eighth post in a series to introduce the participating printmakers and their collaborators for the 2016 edition of the Intersecting Methods Portfolio. Every two weeks, into mid-December, a new profile of a collaborative pair will be posted. This segment profiles Tom Christison and his collaborator, Betsy Stone.
Tom Christison is an enthusiastic printmaker who has spent many years studying and teaching printmaking, mainly lithography and monotype. He has taught printmaking and drawing classes or given print workshops at a number of institutions of higher learning including: McNeese State University, Ohio University, The University of Tennessee- Knoxville, The University of Iowa and most recently Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He maintains a private print workshop, Sandhill Press in Iowa City, Iowa where all of his investigations into printmaking take place. Tom studied printmaking and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where he received an MFA in printmaking.
Christison’s recent works is a compilation of visual interactions with images and objects that he has seen or collected. These depictions vary widely from contemporary artist prints to Mexican retablo paintings, Polish folk art, 20th century children’s toys and illustrations, commercial food and candy packaging as well as objects personally recorded from either nature or natural history museums. They form faceted collages of impressions and expressions that equally reveal and obscure. The majority of the work are unique print, layers of printed matter resembling construction material- decayed and disintegrated to expose what appear to be previous generations of cultural decor or icon. Christison’s work is included in many prominent national and international collections.
Betsy Stone is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa. She earned her bachelor of art’s degree from Grinnell College in 2005 with majors in Chemistry (with honors) and French (with honors). She completed her doctoral degree in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Environmental Chemistry & Technology for her thesis entitled Source Apportionment of Carbonaceous Aerosol in Different Regions of the World. She worked as a Senior Scientist at the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, a division of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at New Mexico State University, where she managed environmental and organic chemistry departments and conducting research on the environment surrounding a nuclear waste repository.
Since joining the University of Iowa in 2010, her research has focused on advancing our understanding of the chemical composition and sources of particulate matter in the atmosphere, through a combination of analytical, environmental, and organic chemistry. She uses chromatography and mass spectrometry to improve measurements of atmospheric pollutants and source apportionment techniques to link pollution to its sources. An active area of her research is bioaerosols, which refer to particles of biological origin in the atmosphere, such as fungal spores and pollens. Bioaerosols are particularly problematic for sensitive populations that suffer from allergies, asthma, and respiratory disease. Her research focuses on understanding the environmental factors that contribute to high population exposure to bioaerosols, particularly the influences of urban areas and meteorology.