Phresh Prints Co-op: Nick Naughton and KCAI Students…….

From Design To Print-Phresh Prints Co-op!

From Design To Print-Phresh Prints Co-op!

Graphic Collaborations is a course designed to put the creative skills of young artists to use in community settings.  It’s one part community service with partner organizations around Kansas City, part collaboration in our class projects, and we are a cooperative learning environment where students are taught to rely on one another in reaching ambitious goals too large for one artist to achieve.  The cooperative learning component serves to prepare students for their post-academic lives as artists and the nature of how artists work together within a community.  Students are introduced to the ways in which artists adapt, cope and struggle to survive in a community, and our class model is meant to propose a method through which an artist could retain both their creative rigor and be sustainable.

Students dubbed our printmaking collective Phresh Prints and our goal is to offer aesthetic services where needed:  for a non-profit fundraiser, for community based exhibitions or other projects that have a far reaching impact.  Our work provides that subtle yet oh-so-important visual product that bolsters any community effort; namely the function of good design in communicating the goals and aspirations of a community organization.  We do this with style, we have lots of fun, and we own the fruits of our labors as a collective rather than individually.  Throughout our course work, we examine the rolls that art plays in community, how we can be effective working under academic structures while exploring ways to engage and have lasting effect beyond a semester-based calendar and class assignments.  In a way this is bootcamp for young artists imparting professional practice in a hands on and functional setting, with measurable impact reaching far beyond KCAI and the class itself.
-Nick Naughton.
Logo by Phresh Prints Co-op

Logo by Phresh Prints Co-op

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About Sean M. Starowitz

Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in D.C. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. More recently, he is a 2014 Charlotte St. Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.
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