The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) (www.sjica.org) is pleased to announce that ICA Print Center Director, Fanny Retsek has been invited to participate in the Jentel Artist Residency Program at the Jentel Arts Center in Banner, Wyoming. Fanny will begin her month-long residency at Jentel in February 2010. She will be working in the Center’s printmaking studio creating monotypes, mixed media works on paper and drawings. The subject matter and content of Fanny’s work will be based on and informed by the efforts being undertaken by private and public conservation organizations working to preserve the state’s endangered native animal species and public lands.

Fanny Retsek was named the ICA Print Center Director and Master Printer in 2007. She received her MFA in printmaking from San Jose State University (SJSU) where she was twice awarded the Kenneth and Mary Auvil Printmaking Scholarship and Graduate Assistantship. While at SJSU, she was the assistant to the Master Printer of the university’s Washington Square Press. In 2003 Fanny co-founded Magpie Studios, a private printmaking facility previously located in downtown San Jose that offered workshops, one-on-one instruction and editioning. Fanny’s prints are included in numerous private and institutional collections and are exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally. For more information: www.sjica.org

Jentel admits two writers and four studio artists to each residency session. The Residency Program offers dedicated creative professionals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Artists and writers enjoy unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and mediation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. For more information: www.jentelarts.org

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