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Average Path Length

curated by Jen Green. Exhibited from March 7th to August 20th, 2014 in the Lamson Learning Commons

Average Path Length

The Average Path Length of Life on Koh Lanta, Fawn Atencio

Exhibited from March 7th to August 20th, 2014 in the Lamson Learning Commons

Opening reception and artist talk: Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 4pm in the Lamson Learning Commons

The Average Path Length 2013 portfolio exchange consists of selected works featuring 22 nationally noted printmakers including work by Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, Printmaking Faculty, PSU.  The portfolio’s curator, Fawn Atencio, will be visiting the PSU campus to attend the opening reception and speak with students about this work and her own.

“Small world experiments designed by Stanley Milgram and other researchers in the 1960′s examined the size and connectedness of social networks of people in the United States.  The research offered that human relationships can be represented as paths (relationships) connecting nodes (individuals).  The distance between individuals can be measured by the number of paths they are from one another.  Thus we have the idea of six degrees of separation; the average path length between any two people in the world is six relationships from each other.  In this portfolio exchange, Average Path Length participants were asked to consider how they interpret path, pattern, and the idea of collaboration and building new and positive print relationships.” –Fawn Atencio

Root System, Chinn Wang

There are 20 nationally and internationally recognized artists, educators, and master printers participating in this portfolio exchange and exhibition, including Laura Berman, Catherine Chauvin, Danielle Creenaune, Jill McKeown, Fawn Atencio, Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, Michael Litzau, Melissa Vogley Woods, Chinn Wang, Laura Bigger, Marwin Begaye,Terez Iacovino, Agata Michalowska, Francesca Lohmann, Soosen Dunholter, Hannah Phelps, Peggy Des Jardines, Crystal Wagner, Maria Pujol, Dani Triay, Scott Ludwig, and Manuel Guerra.  A set from the exchange will be archived at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Southern Graphic Council International Archives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire.

About the Curator

Fawn Atencio was born in Denver, Colorado. She studied at the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with a minor in Environmental Studies, graduating with honors. She continued her education in Printmaking and Drawing at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. With an interest that went beyond academic courses, Fawn assisted master printer Maryanne Ellison-Simmons at Washington University’s Island Press on a number of print projects for various guest artists from 1998-2000. She completed her MFA in 2000.

Fawn’s work has been shown throughout the U.S. and internationally including in New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada.  Her work is also held in private and public collections nationally and internationally. Prior to devoting herself to being a full time artist, Fawn took a sabbatical to travel, photograph, and live abroad for a year, in cities and towns in Egypt, Morocco, India, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Spain, Gibraltar, and Thailand. Before her year of travel, Fawn worked as an educator. She currently works as a full time studio artist in Denver, Colorado.

This exhibition is part of the Lamson Learning Commons Print Series and is curated by Jen Green, Digital Projects Librarian.  Please contact Jen if you have questions about this or other library art exhibits.

Fawn Atencio, Portfolio Curator

Kimberly Ritchie, PSU Art Faculty and Printmaker

Fawn speaking at the opening event about the portfolio and the participating artists.

Students, faculty, and staff gathering at the opening to discuss the work.

Kimberly and Fawn with regional printmakers Soosen Dunholter and Hannah Phelps.