Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Purdue University GalleriesCollege of Liberal Arts

January 9 - February 19, 2012 
Robert L. Ringel Gallery and Stewart Center Gallery

Global Matrix III


A contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world, presented as a traveling exhibition by the Purdue University Galleries.

From its humble origins as simple relief rubbings or patterns stamped onto paper and cloth, the art of the print has spread to all corners of the globe, growing and developing conceptually as a result of the contributions of an ever-growing circle of international artists. By drawing and manipulating an image matrix, they have utilized the essence of the multiple to explore the varied possibilities of image, color and repetition. The proliferation of multiple images around the world has led to a shared culture of appreciation. Styles and techniques identified with particular printmaking enclaves in various parts of the world can readily be seen now in the works of artists with different languages and different cultures, separated by thousands of miles.

The first installment of GLOBAL MATRIX was presented at 7 venues from 2002 - 2004. GLOBAL MATRIX II was presented at 6 venues from 2007 - 2008. To date, the GLOBAL MATRIX exhibits have featured a total of 165 works representing 142 individual artists from 31 countries around the world.

Work will be selected for the exhibition by: Kathryn Reeves, Professor of Art & Design at Purdue University; Kimberly Vito, Associate Professor of Art & Art History at Wright State University; Sean Caulfield, Associate Professor of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; and Craig Martin, Director of the Purdue University Galleries. The team has previously collaborated on the first and second installments of “Global Matrix” in 2002 and 2007.

Rental fee: $1,000 per venue, to be applied to the cost of producing a full-color printed catalogue of the exhibition. Each venue will receive 100 copies of the catalogue; additional copies can be purchased at cost.

 Traveling Exhibition
GLOBAL MATRIX III is designed to address the budget challenges currently facing mid-range exhibition venues by presenting a top quality contemporary exhibition in a professional and economical way. Artworks in the exhibit will be matted and glazed to be installed with L-pins, and the rental fee is kept to a minimum to provide only for the cost of a printed catalogue to accompany the display.

Shipping: Participating venues will be responsible for arranging shipment and the costs associated with transporting the exhibition to the next venue (US only).

Requirements: About 250 linear feet of exhibition space. Exhibitors must provide adequate insurance during their shipping commitment and while the artwork is in house. Exhibitors are also expected to provide experienced art handlers for installation and a secure, limited-access gallery space.

For more information, contact:
Craig Martin, Director or (765) 494-3061

Selections from the exhibition

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Jessica Gondek (US)


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Greg Blasdel & Jennifer Koch (US)


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Janne Laine (Finland)


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Paul Coldwell (United Kingdom)


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Eva Pietzcker (Germany)


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Line Marsdal (Norway)


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Lucia Volker (US)


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Szu-Wei Ho (US)


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Verapong Sritrakulkitiakarn (Thailand)


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Marcin Bialas (Poland)

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