The Power of Printmaking: An Artist’s Point of View

Joseph Velasquez
Arts & Letters / Current Events

Course Description

Professor Joseph Velasquez will share his passion for Printmaking by demonstrating and discussing processes such as Woodcut, Screen Printing, and Intaglio along with how this has taken his work into various areas of research. Printmaking, as activism and as a tool for both educating in the classroom and in the public, fuels his practice. The power of the multiple and the ability to share techniques and their histories are large parts of his practice. He raised over $10,000 dollars for hurricane relief in San Juan to purchase a new press for the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to his personal artistic activities, teaching and community engagement have been major influences in his practice and research, and they have greatly influenced his visual narratives. This Spring, Professor Velasquez is curating a LatinX Printmaking exhibition CORRIDOS VISUALES – LatinX Visual Narratives in Printmaking about Culture Clash, Struggle and Perseverance and has invited artists from across the US and Latin America: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, California, Texas, and Florida. He will share work from the upcoming exhibition and will demystify the techniques and methods used in all of Printmaking.
CORRIDOS VISUALES – LatinX Visual Narratives in Printmaking about Culture Clash, Struggle and Perseverance
on view
February 12 – April 10, 2021
at the 
Schmidt Center Gallery & Public Space at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic Universitiy 

About the Instructor

  • Assistant Professor of Art and head of Printmaking at FAU, Joseph Velasquez is a Latino Veteran of the US Armed Forces, who has lived in California, Texas, Wisconsin, and Florida, where these diverse geographic locations have shaped his experiences and his artistic expression.  He earned his BFA from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas, tand an MA and MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. . He is the co-creator of a mobile printmaking studio, Drive By Press, that has travelled over 200,000 miles to 145 universities across the country where he has lectured and demonstrated printmaking practices. Joseph’s work has focused on community outreach, education and activism. .  His award-winning work has been exhibited at numerous national and international venues, notably "Air Land Seed” and “Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains” curated by Nancy Marie Mithlo on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th and 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Doujiao Museum of Art, Songhuang Art Village, Beijing China; and a highlight for him as Artist and Curator, Crossing State Lines: A Survey of American Printmakers, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. Exhibition of prints from American artists Velasquez met on his mobile printmaking tour.

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