OUR 2022 JUROR
Sean Star Wars lives in Laurel, Mississippi with his wife and five young children. Sean earned his MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and his BFA from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to making woodcuts for over twenty-five years, Sean has been an Adjunct Professor, a janitor and a used car salesman. Sean currently works fulltime as a printmaker and exhibits in solo and group exhibitions nationally and has contributed to numerous print exchange portfolio collaborations. He has been a visiting artist at Otis College of Art & Design in LA, Florida State University Jacksonville, University of North Dakota Fargo, University of Montana Missoula, University of Wisconsin Madison, and many other leading art programs. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Kennedy Museum at Ohio University, HF Johnson Art Museum Cornell University, The Print Center Philadelphia. Star Wars’ work can be seen on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, films and commercials.
Sean’s woodblock prints match his aggressive approach to image-making, capturing his energy in the carving and use of striking color. He stages a cast of characters that include alligators, King Kong, robots, aliens and other inventions for satirical and funny stories. He is currently embarking on his most challenging project ever, a woodcut a week “FOR LIFE”. Sean drinks more Mountain Dew than anyone who has ever lived, and he can beat you at Ms. Pacman.
OUR 2020 JUROR
Curator, Researcher, and Professor
Mark Pascale is a lithographer who has been active in the Chicago art world for nearly forty years, as a curator, researcher, and professor. Currently, he is Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, and concurrently Senior Lecturer in Print Media, at School of the Art Institute. His recent contributions to the field include the exhibitions and catalog essays for Hairy Who? 1966–1969, Charles White: A Retrospective, Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg, Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection, and Jasper Johns: Gray, published by and exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, he is working on exhibitions focused on the drawings of Joseph Yoakum, and the woodblock prints of Lygia Pape.