On January 13, the Flying Horse Editions Exhibition will open at the UCF Art Gallery. The exhibition commemorates the 30th anniversary of the collaborative research studio and publisher of limited-edition prints, artist books and art objects by internationally renowned artists.
“Each of the 75 artworks on view vary in subject, conceptual motivation, context and intention, but all were created through collaborative processes,” says UCF Art Gallery Director Shannon Lindsey. “The exhibition highlights traditional and experimental processes that make printmaking a distinctive and timeless art practice that continues to captivate artists.”
Since its founding, FHE has had a substantial impact on the local and national artistic community. In 2011, the studio teamed up with the Orlando Museum of Art to host the community’s first national fine arts print fair, Impressions Orlando. The same year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City purchased for its permanent collection a limited edition, hand-printed book by artist James Siena that was developed and published by the studio.
Through FHE’s Visiting Artists & Master Printer program, visiting artists can push the boundaries of their work while providing a unique educational experience for UCF students. The program promotes creative interaction between professional artists and students and creates sustainability within the printmaking field by training the next generation of artists.
FHE has hosted numerous celebrated artists over the years, including Will Cotton, Linn Meyers, Mira Lehr, Chakaia Booker and Diana Al-Hadid. Sculptor and photographer Luis Gispert’s method for creating the pieces in his series Aqua Regia was inspired by a visit to Flying Horse Editions, where he observed how the studio’s 300-ton press caused gold-plated chains to appear ribbonlike.
“We are very proud of the diversity of artists who have worked in the FHE studios over the past 30 years,” says Theo Lotz, FHE’s director. “They may work primarily in the realms of painting or sculpture or photography, but these artists have all found that exploring their work through a printmaking lens has had a profound and lasting impact on their studio practice. This exhibition clearly illustrates the magic that can happen when a passionate team works together towards a common goal.”
The Flying Horse Editions Exhibition is on view in-person in the UCF Art Gallery from Jan. 13 through Feb. 3. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Jan. 13 from 5–7 p.m. Visit the website to learn more information about this exhibition and plan your visit.