New '[email protected]'s': SVA Printmaking Shop Director of Operations Gunars Prande [Video]
January 9, 2019
by Danielle Peters
This latest installment of [email protected] finds host and alumnus Zipeng Zhu (BFA 2013 Design) in conversation with Gunars Prande, Director of Operations of SVA's Printmaking Shop, who is known for his amazing storytelling and vast knowledge of a variety of printmaking techniques.
After graduating from SVA (BFA 1982 Media Arts), Prande returned to teach printmaking at the college and later earned his master's degree in Fine Arts in 1993. All years combined, Prande has been involved with SVA for over 35 years, and for the last eight years or so, he has been heading down to Cuba every spring break to teach SVA's Printmaking in Havana course. Multi-disciplined, he also teaches courses in Art History, BFA Fine Arts, SVA's Pre-College Program and Continuing Education's Fine Arts department.
Having done multiple group exhibitions in New York, Istanbul and the Netherlands as well as a solo exhibition at the Namba City Museum in Japan, Prande uses his vast knowledge and experience in printmaking to inspire and help further the students in his classes.
In Prande's recent conversation with Zipeng, he talks about the changes in media arts communication over the last four decades. "The poster was king when I went to school," he said, noting that so much was revolutionized when the Internet became a global phenomenon. They also covered topics such as the recent printmaking shop renovation, the evolution of the printing labs over the years and Prande's experience at SVA—as well as who used the shop the most back in the day. Check out the video for more.
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