A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

Shelley Thorstensen
Visiting Critic
BFA, Syracuse University
MFA, Tyler School of Art
Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques, specializing in hand pulled color multi-print media. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary. Art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of her work “The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty”.

Recent solo shows include: Field Studies: The Scheme of Things, University of the Arts (fall 2015), Since the River Spoke at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, (2013), This the Smoke from when the Horses Left at the Painted Bride (2011), Counterpoint: The Leap from Vision to Print at Woodmere Art Museum (2010) and The Preponderance of Evidence at The Print Center (2009).

Shelley Thorstensen has an undergraduate degree in Experimental Studies from Syracuse University, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY, and a graduate degree in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of Printmakers Open Forum. Her work can be found internationally including Cleveland Art Museum, Kenosha Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Palmer Art Museum, Royal Museum of Art (Antwerp), Woodmere Art Museum.