Mezzotint Artist Gives Workshop to UA Printmaking Students

Jacob Crook (left) and UA printmaking students learning about the mezzotint process. Photo courtesy Sarah Marshall.

Printmaker Jacob Crook visited Associate Professor Sarah Marshall’s print shop to talk about his work and give technical demonstrations. Crook, who is assistant professor of art and printmaking coordinator in the department of art at Mississippi State University, specializes in the mezzotint process, a technique developed in the seventeenth century to create intaglio prints (from the Italian, to cut in or engrave) with rich and dramatic tonal ranges. Crook spoke to the students about his own work and then gave an informal printmaking workshop, featuring mezzotint and other intaglio techniques. Students worked on their own intaglio plates and printed while Jacob demonstrated intaglio tools and printing techniques.

Jacob Crook, Nightrise IV, 2021, mezzotint, 12 x 9 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Crook completed his MFA degree in printmaking from Syracuse University in 2014 and received a BFA with emphasis in painting from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2009. Crook’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and are also displayed in numerous academic institutions and private collections. More of his work can be seen on his website.

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