December 1, 2015

In this magical land of lithography exists a treasure trove of our students’ lithographs. The gift tag enclosed in this year's holiday card was made from a student print. We hope that it will adorn one of your packages. Here you'll find the full version of the lithograph from which the tags were made. 

We tried to send a card to everyone who supported Tamarind during the past year. If you didn't receive one, please give us a call at 505.277.3901, and we will be glad to put one in the mail for you. 

To the right are images of the lithographs used for this project. Impressions have been exhibited in Albuquerque at The Small Engine Gallery, and sold at the ABQ Print Club Annual Sale and the UNM Art Sale. If you are interested in purchasing one of these prints, please email or call 505.277.3901, and we can put you in touch with the student artist. Purchasing a student print is a very direct and effective way to show your support for our students.

Below are bios for each of the participants in the Printer Training Program, 2015-16. 

'Tis the Season of Gifting

While you’re thinking about gifts, please consider other ways to support Tamarind’s students and programs; renew your membership, or become a first-time FABULOUS FRIEND.    

Created to honor Marjorie Devon's 38 years of leadership at Tamarind, the MD Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to international students who often are unable to afford Tamarind's program. Tax-deductible gifts can be made through the UNM Foundation site, or by mailing a check to Tamarind Institute. Gifts can also be made to Tamarind's general fund.  All monetary gifts over $50 qualify you for membership in Tamarind's FABULOUS FRIENDS program. Also consider joining Tamarind's Collectors Club, and treat yourself to a fantastic addition to your collection. If you have any questions about ways to support Tamarind, please contact us. We love hearing from our friends!

However you choose to show your support, we sincerely thank you and wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Shelly Smith 


MARK WILLIAMS is originally from Chester Gap, VA. His first experience with printmaking was at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where he taught himself to screenprint. He then studied intaglio and relief printmaking at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, AZ. 

He heard about Tamarind in his junior year at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. After discovering that lithography was the best way to combine a wide range of materials of different qualities in a single print, he decided to apply to Tamarind. 

After Tamarind, he plans to pursue an MFA. His ultimate dream is to teach lithography at the college level and/or one day create his own workshop, dedicated to educating the community on contemporary issues in printmaking. 

THOMAS CERT graduated from Middlesex University, London, with a BA in Illustration, and was employed by the university as a print technician. He has worked at both The Curwen Studio and Jealous Print Studio. Thomas came to Tamarind Institute to gain a deeper knowledge of lithography, and plans to open a press in London upon graduation. 

MICHAEL DE LA CRUZ graduated with a BFA from Western Illinois University in 2007, and an MFA from Colorado State University in 2013. While he was at Colorado State, he worked as both a teaching assistant and a graduate teaching assistant for two years. Michael has ten years of printmaking experience, and his favorite lithographic technique is using tusche washes. He was part of the Rocky Mountain Guild for two years. After graduating from Tamarind Institute, Michael plans to teach at the college level.

JORDAN WELSH graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from West Virginia University in 2014. He had five years of print experience prior to coming to Tamarind Institute. Jordan had an internship at Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh, PA and was part of the West Virginia University Print Club for two years – during one of which he was the club president. He plans to go to graduate school or work in a professional print shop after he graduates from Tamarind Institute.

CANDICE MALYN CORGAN is a printmaker and artist from the mid-west. She received her BFA from Southeast Missouri State University, where she found her passion for lithography. This love of process led her to study at Tamarind Institute, where she is now in her second year as an apprentice printer - on her way to becoming a Tamarind Trained Master Printer. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently in her work, Candice arranges objects to create a narrative that appears innocent, but upon further investigation, confronts the viewer with the “awful truth of humanity.” In her practice, process is just as important as the finished product. 

SHASTA BLACKFORD graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2014 with a BFA in Graphic Design and a BFA in Printmaking. She founded and was president of the Print Club at the University of Arkansas for five years, and worked as a print shop monitor and as a designer for the university. Shasta hopes to do a second year at Tamarind as Tamarind’s Senior Printer, and complete her MFA at UNM, enabling her to teach at the collegiate level.

Her two favorite lithographic methods are acid tinting and maniere noire. Her imagery deals with abandoned machinery and landscapes, and recreating them to have a purpose and beauty through art.

ERIC EULER was born in Ontario, Canada and is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and printmaker. He acquired his MFA from Louisiana State University and his BFA from OCAD University, both with a focus in printmaking. His interest in print stems from its “democratic and alchemic nature,” as his practice allows him to exist within multiple junctures of the world of art and design. He is currently working to establish Upside-down Press, a printshop anchored in the values of education, collaboration, and mobilization. His MFA thesis project The Veil, included an exhibition concerned with exploring his identity in relation to the politics of the internet. He is interested in social satire and humor, and draws much of his inspiration from pop cultural sources such as horror and sci/fi movies.

ASH ARMENTA graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011 with a BFA, where Ash was a teaching assistant and shop monitor for six years. After graduation, Ash was a shop tech at Max’s Garage Press in Berkeley, California for two years. Ash also worked at Ape Do good Printing as a screen printing tech. Ash was responsible for organizing Steamroller Santa Cruz, a large format steam roller print event, in 2011 and in 2013.  Ash is a contributing artist at Tiny Splendor, a publishing collective in Los Angeles and Berkeley. After graduating from Tamarind Institute, Ash plans to start a mobile print press in the Bay Area. 

CARLIE SALOMONS graduated with a BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. Prior to that, she was a teaching assistant at Leeward Community College for three years. She founded and was the president of the Print Club at University of Hawaii, and is a member of both the Honolulu Printmakers and the Alberta Printmakers. She has won multiple prestigious awards for her lithographs. After she graduates from Tamarind Institute, she plans to get her MFA, and work in a professional lithography workshop.


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