Art Professor"s Prints Receive International Acclaim

September 20, 2012

Suzanne Michele Chouteau, professor and chair of Xavier University’s Department of Art, is one of 18 Americans whose work was included in the International Print Triennial, an international printmaking exhibition. Chouteau’s work, Black Water Horizon (woodcut; 48” h x 60”w) was selected to the Krakow exhibit.

The exhibit runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 at the Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art gallery in Krakow. Five other unique exhibitions were juried to be held in Katowice, Poland; Oldenburg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Falun, Sweden; and Istanbul, Turkey over the next 2 years to which Chouteau has works selected to the Falun and Istanbul exhibitions. She went to Poland for the Sept. 14 Krakow opening and met Ellen Germain, the U.S. Consulate General to Poland.

"This print, among others in my recent work, considers the 21st Century challenges of climate change and human population growth with its attendant pitfalls of conflict, resource consumption, land development, and proliferation of extraction industries that put in peril a myriad of species’ survival, including our own,” she says. “Before the gushing hole of the Deepwater Horizon could be permanently plugged, some 4.9 billion barrels of oil spilled in the gulf waters making it the worst accident of its kind in history. Moratoriums on offshore drilling have since been lifted and a true telling of the reverberating consequences of the spill on our coastal environment and its creatures has yet to be, and may never be, fully disclosed."

The Krakow International Print Triennial is celebrating its twentieth anniversary promoting the art of printmaking and sharing the most fascinating creations with the world. Selected works receive their world premiere at the Triennial. Approximately three hundred works were chosen from several thousand submitted by artists from countries around the world such as Japan, United States, Canada, Korea, Great Britain, New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, Puerto Rico, Nepal and Iraq. The selection of works for the Triennial exhibition is in the hands of an independent, international jury, as is the awarding of prizes.

"Being selected to this exhibition by an international jury of acclaimed artists affirmed that my work is of contemporary significance in 'idea, process and message'—this year's theme,” says Chouteau. “Representing Xavier University and the United States at the exhibition's opening and other events was an honor for which I am humbly grateful. The overall experience of global citizenship and collegiality amongst artistic fellows in the exhibition inspires and excites my future teaching and making of art."

More about Chouteau can be found at Xavier's Department of Art website: www.xavier.edu/art