Grad Student Named Top Winner of 'Really Big Print Show'

Kyra Devine MFA '14 (Book Arts/Printmaking) wins first place in juried show at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

September 20, 2013

Kyra Devine MFA '14 (Book Arts/Printmaking) was named the first-place winner of the Cheltenham Center for the Arts' "Really Big Print Show" at an opening reception held September 15. The juried exhibition, which features Devine's award-winning piece "Introducing…The Horrific Flying Spider and the All Too Terrifying Man-Eater" (above), runs through October 14.

"In making this selection from the submissions of over 50 artists working throughout North America, I was drawn to works that spoke to printmaking’s history and to works that ignored it, to the imagery of both abstraction and representation," said juror Ingrid Shaffner, senior curator at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art. She chose 10 pieces to be representative of a collective balance between large installations and smaller "big" pieces.

Originally from Texas, Devine has a background in printmaking and graphic design. Her work revolves around human nature and the subconscious mind. Through woodcut printing, sculptural elements and film projection, she considers how these two subjects interact with altered perceptions of reality.

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