This is the fifth post in a series to introduce the participating printmakers and their collaborators for the 2018 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 Beth Grabowski, Professor of Art at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her collaborator, Bob Goldstein, James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor in the Biology Department at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Beth Grabowski is an artist, author and educator. She earned her MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Grabowski is Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches all manner of printmaking, book arts and a Master’s course in studio pedagogy. She has been actively involved with SGC International, a non-profit educational organization for print, paper and book artists, educators, collectors, and enthusiasts, serving as its president from 2012-14.
Grabowski is co-author, with Bill Fick (Duke University), of Printmaking, a Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, (Laurence King, 2009, 2nd edition 2014). The book has been released in two English editions (American and British), Spanish, French, German, Polish, and Chinese. Grabowski is the recipient of three North Carolina Arts Council awards and has been the beneficiary of several artist residencies including those at), Sanbao Ceramics Institute (China), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Tom Blaess Atelier (Switzerland), and most recently at Proyecto ‘Ace (Argentina).
Other professional activities include curating an international portfolio honoring Käthe Kollwitz, which debuted at the Kollwitz Museum-Berlin in September 2005, and co-organizing Visualizing Human Rights conferences at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and 2012. Grabowski’s work has been shown widely and is included in numerous public and private collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris.
Here are some examples of Beth’s printmaking work.
Bob Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. He did postdoctoral research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England and was a Miller Institute Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is now the James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor. His research group combines old methods of microscopy and hand-manipulations of cells with a variety of modern methods, to make discoveries that contribute to revealing how cells function during development. His group is also developing a little-studied microscopic animal—water bears—as a useful model system for understanding how mechanisms in cell and developmental biology evolve, and how biological materials can survive extremes. Goldstein currently serves on the Council of the American Society for Cell Biology. He received a Pew Scholars Award in 2000 and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007.
Look for the next profile in two weeks. In the meantime, R&D editions will have its regular bi-weekly updates on studio work in between the profiles.