Johanna Winters

My Inaugural Frogman’s Print Workshop

Each summer hundreds of printmakers (okay, maybe one hundred total) make the pilgrimage to the Midwestern plains for the annual festivities at Frogman’s Print Workshop. Frogman’s has been hosting printmaking workshops since 1979, and is now housed in the art department at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. This summer I was fortunate enough to win the design scholarship for a week-long workshop, and thus drove through corn country where, for two weeks, the college town of Vermillion is infused with printmaker geeks.  All the hype that I had heard about the workshops absolutely held up: it was one of the most invigorating and productive weeks that I’ve had as an artist in a long time. It was quite refreshing to be surrounded by so many print enthusiasts and many of my printmaking heroes, and I now can fully comprehend why Frogman’s is legendary among our ilk. 

Professor Michael Krueger sharing his wisdom at the etching press.

Professor Michael Krueger sharing his wisdom at the etching press.

A new print that I'm working one. I learned how to use soap ground!

A new print in the works. I learned how to use soap ground!

Apparently no Frogman's is complete without a costume bowling party. May I introduce to you the Funky Ungulates.

Apparently no Frogman’s is complete without a costume bowling party. May I introduce to you the Funky Ungulates.