Tom Christison

2018 Artist in Residence

Tom Christison is a master of lithography and monotype processes, which he uses to create detailed fantastical prints about life cycles, passages of time, regeneration, and the food chain.

Christison’s work may be found in numerous permanent collections including the Corcoran, Washington, DC, The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Dresden Academy of Fine Art, Kupferstichkabinett, Germany, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India, among others. He has taught printmaking and drawing at McNeese State University in Louisiana, Ohio University, The University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the University of Iowa. He has also been part of the Master Printmaker in Residence Program at the Robert Blackburn Print Workshop in New York City and a resident at the Plain Museum of Art in Fargo, North Dakota. He maintains a private print workshop, Sandhill Press in Iowa City, Iowa, where his investigations into printmaking take place. Christison studied printmaking and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Arizona State University in Tempe, where he received an MFA in printmaking.


Residency Period:

Jun 2018–Jun 2018

Project Statement:

Tom Christison applied to the 2018 Artist Residency at Spudnik Press with his partner Anita Jung. While they are an artist couple who maintain separate studios and studio practices, both explore an aesthetic and political practice that involves recycling and fragmentation. Their work comes from a dedicated practice of making in a world that seems to continuously be on the brink of self- destruction. This residency will examine the cross-fertilization of ideas, techniques and dialogue that influence their works. Their studios are across town from one another, the Spudnik residency will not only permit them to experience working in closer proximity but to take advantage of the planned Chicago Print Crawl through a participatory community-based event.
Image: Tom Christison, Turnbuckle, 2014-2015 (detail).

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