As part of the exhibit Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view now through June 1st, the Foundation funded the residency of Joe Feddersen at the Missoula Art Museum. The residency was made possible by MATRIX Press, a printmaking education program at the University of Montana that gives students the opportunity to collaborate with working artists and develop their printmaking skills. The community also was able to attend printmaking classes with Feddersen, whose goal was to educate the public on the process of printmaking, a process which the artist believes “often is misunderstood.”
Feddersen collaborated with University of Montana students on a series of prints depicting high-voltage towers that will be displayed at Spokane Falls Community College in Washington this summer. Feddersen used the experience to mentor students while also gaining inspiration from their ideas. “I wanted to do something that I couldn’t do by myself,” he explained. Graduate student Beth Huhtala echoed the sentiment: “It’s always really helpful to hear that there’s light at the end of the school tunnel,” she said, referring to Feddersen’s success as a professional artist.