Snow didn’t stop Daniel Weber, ACU alumni and Los Angeles printmaker, from conducting a printmaking workshop and speaking to several art students Thursday.
Weber’s trip to ACU was his first time back since graduating from ACU in 2003 with a degree in two-dimensional studio art. He later earned his master’s in printmaking.
Weber did a printmaking demonstration on paper lithography for the printmaking class.
Tanner Freeman, junior graphic design major from Waco, said he attended the Thursday morning workshop where he watched Weber demonstrate the lithography process. Freeman said the process was once used to make newspapers, but now it is more of an art form. The process uses special paper and ink to make a copy of an original image, but it isn’t the same as a photocopy, Freeman said.
Virginia Sadler, professor of art, said Weber’s speaking opportunities were limited because many faculty members in the department were in Chicago at a conference, and the icy weather conditions made it difficult for students to attend. She said he wanted to speak so she had him speak to her American Art History and 2-D Design classes.
In her classes, Sadler said Weber showed examples of his work and talked about his career; she said Weber has had some interesting jobs since he graduated. At one point, he was the security guard for a museum. She said he made black and white compositions inspired by low-resolution images of the security guard TV screens.
“I think his career path is interesting,” Sadler said. “He’s been adaptable.”
Weber said he hoped students would learn going to the big city and being successful in art is not impossible.
“You have to work really hard, but it can be done,” Weber said. “There is a whole world of jobs in the arts that you don’t always get a grasp of when you are in school.”
Job-hunting can be hard on a student’s ego, and Sadler said it is good for people to hear what other ACU graduates are doing.
Freeman said it is encouraging to hear from alumni who are pursuing a career in art.
“A lot of times in the Art Department, we know what we want to do, but we don’t know how we are going to do it,” Freeman said. “It is really encouraging to see that someone is making it.”