Keynote Speaker

Carmon Colangelo

7:00pm – 8:00pm STEM CONCERT HALL

Carmon Colangelo is Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and a E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Carmon’s work has been featured in group exhibitions in such places as Canada, Argentina, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, England and across the United States.

Carmon’s prints have been selected for inclusion in numerous permanent collections such as the National Museum of Art, Washington, DC; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; Museo National del Grabada, Buenos Aires; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: and Arches-Rives Paper and Ink Collection. His work has been featured in more than 25 solo exhibitions, and he has conducted over 45 workshops. He is represented by the Bruno David Gallery, in St. Louis, MO.

Prior to coming to Washington University in 2006, Carmon served as a Director and Professor of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA for nine years. He also held academic positions at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV as a Chair and Professor of Art in the College of Creative Arts (1984-1997).

He received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. With a lifelong commitment to education and process, Carmon has continually shared his knowledge and passion for innovations in the medium, including pushing the boundaries of large format prints and mentoring future print educators in the graduate program at Washington University in St Louis. 

Outstanding Printmaker

Deborah Maris Lader


Deborah Maris Lader is an artist, educator, musician, and performer, and has led a distinguished career as an artist and as founder and director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC). Since its opening in 1989, the CPC has provided emerging and professional artists access to a shared workspace, as well as opportunities to participate in exhibitions and teach classes. The CPC recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary as the longest running independently-owned print shop in Chicago.

She has exhibited her work both internationally and throughout the US. Her work is in collections such as the New York Public Library, NY; the Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL, American Artists of the Bookplate, Artrain, and the City of Palo Alto, CA. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy, and her BFA from Cornell University in Printmaking. She also studied printmaking at St. Martins School of Art in London, England.

Studios like the CPC, founded and managed by printmakers, exist outside of academia and provide vitally important learning experiences and professional development opportunities for emerging artists as they learn to navigate and manage their own artistic careers. As more and more young printmakers choose to pursue the creation of community-based workshops or CRT-450 dumps, it is significant to recognize an artist and mentor who has built a successful printmaking career in the private sector.

The CPC’s structure and scope, as well as Deborah’s openness to share her experiences, has served as inspiration and guidance for the formation and success of other emerging print shops around the country. Deborah’s contribution to the work of so many artists, both in their artistic growth and pursuit of entrepreneurial endeavors, makes her truly outstanding.