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Tony Holmquist is an associate professor in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2010 from the University of Maine, Farmington, where he was a lecturer. Mr. Holmquist has worked in printmaking for his entire career and works primarily with the intaglio technique, which involves printing an image from an etched metal plate. He exhibits his work around the world at galleries and shows such as the International Print Center of New York, the National Arts Club, the Art at Wharepuke International Print Show and the International Miniprint Finland Triennial, to name a few. Mr. Holmquist is also a musician who researches, interprets, and disseminates old-time music through the fiddle, banjo and guitar. He won first place in the banjo competitions at the 2014 Central Rockies Old-Time Music Festival and the 2013 Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old-Time festival.
Mr. Holmquist has received several awards for his work, including the Honourable Prize of Miniprint Finland (2014), the Juror’s Award (first place) at the International Printmaking Show in New Zealand and the Juror’s Award (second place) at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.
Tony completed a prestigious Printmaking Residency at the Venice Printmaking Studio in Murano, Venice, Italy, in summer 2014.
About the Residency
The Venice Printmaking Studio is dedicated to large-format printmaking. Its etching presses offer some of the largest printing beds in the world. In the years since the studio was founded in 2001, the studio has hosted international artists from institutions around the world, including the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and the Art Academy of Paris.
Mr. Holmquist worked on a series of large format etchings and lithographs during the residency. He has worked in printmaking for his entire career, and in 2014, took first place in the International Open Print Show hosted by the Art at Wharepuke Gallery in New Zealand.
Mr. Holmquist Explains the Project
“I work primarily with the intaglio technique, which involves printing an image from an etched metal plate, usually copper or zinc. I play multiple instruments, so I often incorporate the themes of music into my work. The rhythm and repetition that you find in music and in many areas of our lives is something I often connect to my art. This was both Andrea’s and my first international residency, and I spent it working on a series of large format etchings and monotypes.”
“Six Dollar String Band: Keeping Old-Time Alive,” Durango Herald, January 2015
First prize at the 3rd International Open Submission Printmaking Competition at Art at Wharepuke located in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand went to Tony Holmquist. Also chosen as Art at Wharepuke's next resident artist, Mr. Holmquist will install his latest show; Recurring Systems, running from May 21 through June 12, 2015 in the Art at Wharepuke gallery.