Some of the best examples of local fine-art printing from the past two decades will be on display at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando through Aug. 12.
The prints come from Flying Horse Editions, the University of Central Florida’s fine-arts press. Flying Horse, which is a nonprofit project of the School of Visual Arts & Design and directed by Theo Lotz, is in the UCF Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando.
The press, among just a dozen or so in the nation, is a collaborative research studio committed to creating works by nationally known artists that fuse traditional and innovative printmaking processes.
“Imprints: 20 Years of Flying Horse Editions,” celebrates the legacy of the printing press and Flying Horse’s artistry. On display at the museum, 900 E. Princeton St., are prints, books, objects and videos showcasing the printmaking process.
Museum director Frank Holt curated the exhibit. Some of the prints in the show are UCF’s archived copies, and other prints were borrowed.
Flying Horse attracts artists who work in intaglio, woodcut, lithography, letterpress and silkscreen. The results are highly collectible, limited-edition, prints and books, Lotz said.
Some of America’s most notable contemporary artists have come to UCF to work with the Flying Press staff, Lotz said. “Funk artist” William T. Wiley, abstract expressionist James Siena, and Thomas Nozkowski, who has been described as a “post-minimal formalist,” are among the artists who have arranged for Flying Horse to give their prints the right touch.
The key to making exquisite prints is good collaboration, Lotz said.
“Everyone needs to be on the same page for a successful project,” he said. Often the artists come to Orlando for a week or so to work with the Flying Horse staff, then they keep up the dialog back at home, where they review proofs.
An average run on the presses creates 15 prints, and the most the studio has ever made of one piece of artwork is 50.
The Flying Horse exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art with funding from Orange County through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Mennello also will hold a series of printing workshops geared toward both children and adults this summer.