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Ditto Editions - 2/15/2006

Collabortation Brings New Opportunity to Endicott Students

"Giclée on Campus," a presentation of computer-enhanced student art on view March 15 through April 27, 2006, 
is the result of a collaborative effort between Endicott College, Beverly, MA and Ditto Editions, Marblehead, MA. 
An opening reception to honor the students will be held in the J. David Broudo Gallery in the Art Center at 
Endicott College, on March 15, 2006 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The School of Art and Design at Endicott College united with Ditto Editions to present this multi-faceted digital 
printmaking event for students. In the fall of 2005, Ditto Editions provided the Art and Design students an 
overview of how one digital technology, known as "giclée" (pronounced zhee-clay), might be applied to their 
designs, paintings and photography. Many consider this digital printing to be the modern counterpart to traditional 
processes such as intaglio and lithography.

A contest was undertaken to select students to participate in the yearlong program.  Student art works were 
reviewed by Endicott Art and Design faculty along with owners of Ditto Editions, Nick and Susan Fader, to 
select the finalists. 

Students chosen for the project are, Brandon Douglas of Longmeadow, MA; Melissa Dutile of Auburn, NH, 
Heather French of Londonderry, NH; Elyse Goldstein of Burlington, MA; Kate Linehan of East Greenwich, RI; 
Scott Lyman of Silver Lake, NH; Jennifer Rheaume of  Blackstone, MA; and Krystal Roderiques of Cranston, RI.

The original student works, executed in a variety of media and subjects, including watercolor and acrylic painting, 
oil pastels, collage, photography, computer graphics, and ink drawing have been transformed into giclée prints. 
Throughout the winter months students worked with the Faders, making full use of the digital print process. The 
students assisted in many steps, including the high-resolution digital scans. They gained further information on 
related issues, such as color management, aesthetic considerations and professional presentations. These 
processes and considerations are integral to the Visual Communications curriculum at the College. Using a 
closed loop process with each piece of equipment profiled to one another, prints that are both color accurate 
and truly archival were created. Ms. Fader explains, "We are concerned about how misinformed artists often 
are about the latest advancements in the process and felt a need to better prepare new artists just beginning 
their careers."

The exhibition will include finished digital fine art prints presented on a variety of media and in many sizes, 
demonstrating several unique applications of the process. For example, one piece that began as a computer-
generated design is transformed into a 36" x 72" print on poly/silk. Another work, a mural created in oil pastels, 
was reproduced as multiple prints on canvas and will be presented as a totally new installation. The original 
works reviewed by the curatorial panel will also be displayed.
Dean of the School of Art and Design, Mark Towner, says the collaboration is important for several reasons. 
"First and foremost, our students work four years to develop an understanding of their disciplines in relationship 
to industry, to begin careers earlier than graduates from other colleges. The print collaboration provides them an 
opportunity to work on their own art and design with professionals in the field for mutually satisfying results. 
Secondly, the students walk away with beautiful prints of their work at little cost to them. Finally, Endicott benefits 
because the exhibition displays many of the benefits of digital printing, at a time when we are taking the lead with 
digital printing in our fine art, graphic design, interior design, and photography curricula."

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