This past Wednesday, we dropped in on a pop-up with BIG INK!

The talented crew behind The Big Ink were tucked away in a classroom building on Salem States lesser known Upper South Campus, which gave them the perfect location to set up their massive etching press, which they lovingly call “The Big Tuna.” Joining the Big Ink team was Salem State Art + Design Professors Benjamin Gross and Haig Demarjian, Assistant professor Jason Asselin, current art student Mike Simpson, and alumni McKenzie Paddock ’17 and Daniel Brenton ’12—and judging by the multi-faceted mechanics of The Big Tuna, it must have been useful to have some extra hands on deck! This talented group of artists made some truly striking prints, and we can’t to see what else BIG INK has in store! To see where they’re headed to next and take a closer look at their work, check out their website at! Thanks for coming by—you too, Big Tuna.

Our mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for woodblock printmaking and extend its practice.

BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on promoting the art of large-scale woodblock printing. The program was established in 2012 by Directors Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet as a way to spread their passion for the medium with other artists and the general public. BIG INK works by establishing a temporary print shop on site at partnership organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected, either by personal invitation or through a call-for-entry process, to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.

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