San Anto Cultural Arts is a non-profit arts organization located on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. Our mission is to foster human and community development through community based arts. Our community mural and public art program has produced 44 murals throughout the San Antonio area. Through painting murals we have taught countless young people skills in 2-D design, drawing and painting. Participants work alongside professional artists and learn problem solving, the importance of creativity and build self-confidence as they hone their skills and abilities. This ain't no macaroni art! The murals produced by our program are real public art works. Many have become iconic symbols of the neighborhoods they represent. Our participants have gone on to pursue higher education and many have developed successful art careers. We will continue to provide arts education to the youth of our community by offering opportunities for them to learn from passionate and innovative, art professionals.
That's where Eric Fuertes and Dumbo Press come in. We want to bring Eric to San Anto Cultural Arts to teach a press building workshop for our participants. Through attending San Anto's press building workshop our young artists will learn skills in 2-D and 3-D design, sculpture, drawing, printmaking performance art and wood working. They will learn a DIY approach to art-making, which will teach them the value of collaboration, team work, experimentation and innovation. Eric brings much passion and high energy to our program. He has also agreed to leave behind the custom press he will create with our students so that San Anto can continue to use it in our printmaking program for years to come. This will be an invaluable teaching tool for future generations of San Anto participants. The monies raised through this campaign will go towards paying to have Eric travel from Illinois to San Antonio to teach his innovative workshop. They will also go towards purchasing all the materials necessary to build a custom rocker press along with the printmaking supplies we will need to create woodblock prints.
When it comes to innovation, Eric Fuertes is at the top of his game. As a sculpture and design professor at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, Eric is an expert in metal fabrication, foundry and various other sculpture techniques. His students see him as an amazing resource with his vast knowledge of tools, materials and mechanics. His friends see him as being just a little bit crazy with his quick wit and quirky sense of humor.
Through combining printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance art and music, Eric has taken the fine art world by storm with a revolutionary new way to create prints! Gone are the days of hand cranking your prints through a big cumbersome etching press. Now you can create beautiful hand-made masterpieces by using man-power (or woman-power) and your very own body weight to create pressure! Talk about interactive art! The first press that Eric created in this manner was his pink rocker press. Viewers could mount the press like a horse and create prints by rocking back and forth! The aluminum mascot on top of the press was taken from old playground equipment. It just so happens that the animal Eric chose for his press was that cute, floppy-eared, elephant from the disney cartoons and thus Dumbo Press was born. (see the video below, but please excuse the music. I told you he had a quirky sense of humor, didn't I?)
The Dumbo Press surpassed even Eric's own expectations. Not only could it produce high quality prints, it was a blast to ride and the reaction from viewers was amazing! People go absolutely bananas for this little pink elephant press! Since the first rocker press was created, Eric has gone on to create many other amazing printing presses including the UFO Press, the See-Saw Press, The Pyramid Press, the Potato Press (which makes prints AND french fries AT THE SAME TIME), the Dental Press and the ever controversial Bed Press.
Eric's innovative creations have been embraced by the printmaking community, many of whom are experts in their field. His unique perspective has allowed him to create techniques and presses that push the boundaries of traditional printmaking. Each new design showcases not only Eric’s expert craft and problem solving skills, but also his style and sense of humor as well. He has travelled the country spreading the love and spreading the ink! Through Dumbo Press, he has achieved his own personal goal of making art more accessible to the public by bringing fine art to the masses in a way that is both educational and entertaining.
Now it's time to bring Eric and his unique brand of art-making to San Antonio. Let's make this happen together!
Risks and challenges
Years of research and development have gone into the creation of these presses. Both Eric Fuertes and John Medina have MFA's in sculpture. They also have years of experience in sculpture and printmaking. San Anto Cultural Arts works with many very talented artists and craftsman who are available to help us troubleshoot if we run into a problem while building the rocker press. As for the prints, our team of participants and volunteers will help us to ensure that our printed gifts will be printed correctly and in a timely manner. If you donated at the 500 dollar level and wish to have a wheat paste mural installed at your site, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation. For our 1,000 reward, we will schedule appearances on a first come, first served basis. If you donated at this level, please contact John at email@example.com to schedule your event.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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