Each year, the Flint Print Club commissions an artist to produce a print to augment both the FIA's collection and the pursuit of personal collecting. The Club is limited to 100 members in good standing at the Family level or above. Flint Print Club dues are $250 annually, which provides each participating member with a selected print and related programs.
The FIA is very excited to announce that Karsten Creightney is the artist chosen for the 2015 commissioned print. Over the past 10 years, Karsten has grown into one of the preeminent African American printmakers. Besides creating his own work, he is very well respected among his peers and commonly works on printing projects for other artists, as well.
His solo exhibition at the FIA in 2012, Karsten Creightney: Works on Paper, was one of the most well received shows of a contemporary printmaker in the past decade at the museum. His work is exhibited nationally and he can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, as well as many other public and private collections. His painting Crossroads (2010), is currently traveling in the exhibition Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Muskegon Institute of Arts, through March 2016.
Karsten uses a variety of media–photographs, prints, paint and collage–to create images that capture the real and imagined worlds experienced in memories and dreams. "I am interested in the experience of wonder," he states, "I make a space in my work where wonder can creep in… I make cut-and-paste hybrids where flowers become figures in the landscape, and dreams of paradise morph into dystopian nightmares. It is a space made of pieces, where questions are posed as juxtaposed fragments."
Learn more about the artist and his work on his website at creightney.com.