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Rob Swainston: Artist Talk at the Ruby

Rob Swainston Printmaking
Tuesday, March 07, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Make it Tangible

Join Rubenstein Arts Center visiting artist, printmaker Rob Swainston, for a short introductory explanation of how he plans a print using digital platforms, and an overview of his artistic projects that explore how digital tools can inform material processes.

During his week-long residency at the Rubenstein Arts Center as part of the Duke Arts Make it Tangible program, Swainston will engage the Duke community, centering the Innovation Co-Lab Studio at the Ruby with a number of projects and demonstrations.

Swainston will also collaborate on artwork with Duke faculty member Bill Fick and printmaking students in the Smith Warehouse Print Studio, planning a multi-layer and multi-color woodblock print montaged from images sourced from the Duke Digital Collection Archives.  Through this project, Swainston will demonstrate how the ShopBot Computer Numeric Controller (CNC) router at the Innovation Co-Lab Studio at the Ruby can be employed to make relief woodcut prints.  Members of the Duke Community are invited to join Rob throughout the week.


Rob Swainston is an Associate Professor of Printmaking at Purchase College and co-founder and Master Printer for the collaborative fine art printshop Prints of Darkness. Rob's work sits at the intersection of printmaking, painting, sculpture, and installation and is informed by a dual academic background in Political Science and Fine Art. Learn more at