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Artist collaboration with Herron students results in limited-edition print; debuts April 22

Apr. 13, 2016

Artist Walter Knabe specializes in fine art and in making fine art functional. His work, including handprinted wall coverings and fabrics, is in demand with high-profile clients and interior design firms and can be found in permanent collections all over the world -- from Harrods in London to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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The exhibition will showcase a series of prints, like this one, created collaboratively by Walter Knabe and IUPUI students. | IMAGE COURTESY OF IUPUI

Faculty and students in the Herron School of Art and Design's printmaking program recently hosted Knabe, who shared his expertise in the classroom and at his studio. In addition to an examination of the professional practices of a successful career artist, his weeklong visit resulted in a limited-edition Knabe screen print, produced in conjunction with Herron printmakers.

Titled "The House Within," the edition of 45 prints will make its public debut at a reception celebrating Knabe's week at Herron. The public event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 at Knabe's Indianapolis studio, 1134 E. 54th St. A percentage of the proceeds from each print sold will support Herron's printmaking department.

"Over the years, we've had interns and employees from Herron work in the studio," said Knabe. "It has been a great experience for both the students and us. We thought it was important to give back to the place that has given us valuable help, so having the opportunity to create a limited-edition print with the Herron graduate students was quite special. I was very impressed with everyone's work ethic and level of professionalism."

Andrew Winship, director of graduate fine art at Herron, facilitated the visit. "Indianapolis is lucky to be home to an artist of Walter's caliber and experience," Winship said. "In his studio, he has shared his talent with Herron students and alumni, so it seemed only fitting to bring Walter's generous spirit and creative talents to our graduate students so that they could study the framework of his real-world knowledge with hands-on learning. We all had a wonderful time. We all learned something new, and students walked away knowing the type of dedication and unwavering focus required by professional success in this field."

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