Master printmaker Kenneth Tyler returns to Herron

Master printmaker Kenneth Tyler returns to Herron


Everything is changed, and now we have one of the most
outstanding art schools in America. It’s pretty impressive. Well, I think it was a stepping stone. I had a good fortune to have two
very good instructors there. Garo Antreasian and William Crutchfield,
who was teaching drawing, and Garo was teaching lithography and
painting. And since I had all my invested
time in those two people and their teachings,
I was really advancing quite fast. When under their guidance
I was able to accomplish, I think, a great deal in one year’s time. In fact, enough to get a Ford Foundation
Grant to the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles to which I
went to after graduation, and that was the next step and getting
involved in being a professional printer. So, I think that without Herron,
I probably never would have crossed the bridge and gotten to the other side.
>>They’re a bunch of good students, a great faculty. I mean,
they’re doing a good job over there. They’re running a very nice department,
and it has all the facilities, much more facilities than I
ever had when I was in school. Plus then, they have all that digital,
all that computer stuff besides. And they have all the crossover, and they
go back and forth throughout the school. It’s designed to really give a broad-side
view of what the possibilities in print making art. This is like a golden paradise, because most institutions are shutting
down a lot of this hand stuff. Why, I don’t know, because I think it’s so
important to work with one’s hands. And I think the hands-on
concept in life is a great one. Whether it be cooking, or
playing an instrument, or making art. It’s just wonderful.

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