Print gurus from Drive By Press, based in New York City, visited the West Liberty University Campus two weeks ago. The presentation and workshop was sponsored by the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Greg Nanney, one of the founders of Drive By Press, went to the same undergraduate school as MITCH Collective co-founders Siena Baldi and Sylva Johnson. It was at Washinton University in St Louis that I (Siena) first met Greg and it was during a Drive By Press presentation back in 2008.
Greg gave a presentation on the history of Drive ByPress and showed selections from their 3000+ print collection. Students from West Liberty and nearby high schools were able to see a wide variety of prints from artists around the country. Out in the courtyard, the Drive By Press van was set up to do printing demos. The students learned about woodcuts and had the opportunity to try a bit of carving. The press sits right in the back of the van and was put to good use during the two day visit to West Liberty. Several of the students asked “Why are you here?” to which Greg replied, “Siena invited me!” It was an overall surprise and success. A lot of students got some awesome art exposure. Printmaking is the coolest.