Send Me to Venice, Italy …

Well, it’s official. I’ve started a Kickstarter Project to help fund my Artist Residency in Venice, Italy. More information is available when you click the link above, but here’s a short synopsis below.

I was recently selected for a month long international artist residency at the Venice Printmaking Studio. Located on the isle of Murano in Venice, Italy, this art facility specializes in large-scale fine art printmaking. The type of art I make, just so happens to be large-scale woodcuts!

The way I cut my wood blocks is through highly detailed imagery in a monumental scale. Therefor it is very laborious.  My most recent work is around 8 feet tall 4 feet wide, and takes about two weeks of non-stop carving. Very few facilities in the world have the means to print blocks this size …

The imagery I use is very much influenced by Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture. If given the opportunity to visit Italy. I would have the chance to see these ancient art pieces up close and in person. Having never been out of the continent, and having only seen this type of work in books and on the internet, I am held at an extreme disadvantage.

It is great honor to be chosen for this International Artist Residency. However, it doesn’t come without a price. In order to pay for my flight overseas and living expenses, I have set up this Kickstarter goal.

I’m really excited to get to see what kind of people fund art proposals like this. People will not only help fund a $3000 project, but also receive a hand-made print inspired by my travels in Italy! With their small donation they’ll enable this chance of a lifetime.

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10 thoughts on “Send Me to Venice, Italy …

  1. Drew Kail says:

    Congratulations! I wish I could go. I’ll reblog this and see if it helps.

  2. Drew Kail says:

    Reblogged this on Drew Kail and commented:
    A great opportunity for a remarkable printmaker.

  3. I’m your typical poor art student but I’ll spread the word for you!

  4. I’ve just recently completed this residency myself. To read about my experiences, visit my blog,

  5. I have just completed this residency myself. To read about my experiences, please visit Venice is wonderful, and you will meet lots of interesting and talented artists at the studio. It will be the experience of a lifetime!

    • Your images of Venice make me so excited! I’m so glad I have your blog to give me insight on what’s in store. I will be sure to send friends and family to your blog, as well.

  6. Michaeleen says:

    You have made a wonderful opportunity for yourself, Marcus! Good luck and soak up the essence of Venice.

  7. […] week has been dedicated to getting supplies ready for my residency next month. Above is an image of drying paper that I just stained. I’m bringing nine of these […]

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