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Design to Touch Exhibit Explores Engraved Printing Process

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Design to Touch: Engraving History, Process and Creativity, an exhibit organized by the International Engraved Graphics Association in conjunction with alumni and students of Kean’s Robert Busch School of Design (RBSD), is now open at the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery through February 25. A closing reception is planned for February 25, from 5 -7 p.m. in the gallery.

Engraving is a historic printing process that involves carving dots, dashes, lines and shapes into the surface of metal plates to form an image. A unique artistic medium, engraving is both tactile and visual. The raised surfaces and deeply saturated colors used by professional engravers create designs to touch.

“Images in the Design to Touch exhibit feature engraving in a broad range of visual styles and applications,” said RBSD Executive Director Rose Gonnella. “Engravings can be elegant, whimsical, corporate, glamorous, technical, folksy, wholesome or poetic.” 

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Along with Erin Smith and RBSD alumnus Christopher Navetta, Gonnella has published a comprehensive visual and technical guide to engraved printing and graphics, from its historic origins to present-day use. The 220-page book, also entitled Design to Touch, includes 140 color illustrations and 30 exquisitely engraved pages with images provided by alumni, students and world-class designers. The text provides a wealth of knowledge on engraved print production, concept development for visual communications and artistry in application.  

Design to Touch demystifies the engraving process, supplying basic technical information as well as creative direction and inspiration. To learn more about Design to Touch and the art of engraving visit: designtotouch.com.  

ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit Kean online at www.kean.edu

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