As part of the Catapult Creative House Visiting Lecture Series and Catapult Press’ Visiting Artist Program, Matthew Hopson-Walker of the University of South Alabama will present a free participatory demonstration on full color printing using the Letterpress from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.
Hopson-Walker will also deliver an artist’s lecture on “Social Commentary and Personal Narrative” from 6-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, and present a pop-up exhibition and print sale during First Friday Openings from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. All events will be held at the Catapult Press in Catapult Creative House at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. The events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP to the letterpress demonstration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Hopson-Walker grew up reading comic books and dystopian science fiction novels. During a formative age, he was exposed to movies such as “Mad Max,” “Total Recall,” “Escape From New York,” “Blade Runner” and “The Omega Man,” and many themes within them show up in his work. After working as a janitor for several years, he matriculated to the Kansas City Art Institute and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking in 1998. After graduating, he and a friend opened their own gallery and screen printing business. To support himself and his heavy metal bass playing, he worked as a print technician at his alma mater, did construction, bounced and bussed at various bars, delivered mail and cashiered at liquor stores. These jobs influenced a general misanthropic outlook on humanity and the images he made as an artist.
In 2002, he completed his Master of Arts followed by his Master of Fine Arts in 2003, both from the University of Iowa. In 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking given by the San Francisco Foundation and administered by the KALA Institute. Hopson-Walker has been included in 172 juried and group exhibitions and 12 solo shows since 2006. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks North Dakota, the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Connecticut, the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte, California, the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan.
Hopson-Walker is currently coordinator of foundations, interim graduate coordinator and assistant professor in printmaking and foundations at the University of South Alabama. He has twice been invited to be an instructor at the nationally renowned Frogman’s Print and Paper Summer Workshop, first in Vermillion South Dakota and then in Omaha, Nebraska, this past summer. He has been invited to be a visiting artist and lecturer at Southeast, Northern Illinois University, Murray State University, Emporia State University, University of Alabama, Southeast Missouri State University, Oregon State University, University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Arizona State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and California State University-Chico, giving demonstrations involving his knowledge of screen printing, lithography, intaglio and prints that combine more then one technique.
Catapult Creative House hours are Tuesday through Saturday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Leah Powers at email@example.com or (573) 290-5372.