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Faculty Member’s Drawings on Exhibit at Penn State

Penn State is exhibiting artwork created by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.

Thirty drawings by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, are on display in the Art Alley of Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center galleries and display areas. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7; Moyer’s collection, titled “Of Man and Nature,” will be exhibited through Sept. 18.

The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer
The Piscophilist,” by David M. Moyer

Moyer’s work begins with his interest in books and the written word, which drives him to look for ways to combine his creative imagery with text. His prints explore visual and literary ideas through drawings and black-and-white print media. Moyer typically employs the method of wood engraving, which is deeply rooted in the history of the book arts, though he does occasionally incorporate intaglio processes lithography. His technique stems from his interest in the quality of line, where his ideas are conceived as black lines on a white ground, thereby focusing on the graphic quality of wood engraving rather than on the tonal quality. His preference for black-line engraving is driven by his fondness for the German print tradition and the works of Albrecht Dürer, Michael Wolgemut, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, and Hans Baldung Grien.

In 1988, Moyer and his late wife, Gretchen, founded Red Howler Press in order to print handmade, limited-edition fine press and artist books. All of the books from Red Howler Press carry a message – sometimes serious, sometimes playful – but it is primarily the visual imagery that is the primary communicator in these pressed works. Moyer’s Red Howler Press books are housed in numerous libraries across the United States, Canada and Europe. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally, most recently in Poland.

Moyer received a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. His professional organizations include the Society of Wood Engravers, the Wood Engravers’ Network and Fine Press Book Association.

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