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Really BIGPRINTS!!! 4.0, originally scheduled for summer of 2020 has been rescheduled for July 14-17 2021. As most of the activity is outdoors we feel that by using separate tents, and requiring masks and distancing we can hold RBP safely this summer. Safety protocols will be in effect for all printmakers, their teams, volunteers and spectators.

Really BIGPRINTS!! 4.0 will be July 14-17 2021

Building on the success of Really BIGPRINTS!! in July of 2014, 2016, and 2018 the City of Manitowoc again graciously donated the use of the steamroller for a special 4-­‐day printmaking event July 14‐17, 2021 and agreed to mount an exhibit of the prints at the city’s Rahr-­‐West Museum of Art in August/September of 2021. Exhibition of the prints from previous years is ongoing. A showcase of work from 2014,2016 and 2018 is currently at the Wausau Center for the Visual Arts. And was recently shown in Milwaukee at Gallery 2622. As in previous years, after the Rahr-West Museum of Art the 2021 prints will also be featured at The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum for Wayzgoose 2021. After that the prints will move on to other venues TBD. If you are interested in mounting an exhibition of the 2021 prints, or a selection from the previous years – there are currently 93 prints archive and we anticipate adding another 25 to 30 this summer.

Really BIGPRINTS!! thanks the volunteers who came by to help with clean hands, and invites anyone who wants to help out this summer to get in touch. We also thank the City of Manitowoc for use of the streetroller, and showing the prints at the Rahr-West Museum of Art, Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum for their cooperation, UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus for their tolerance, hospitality and the use of the facilities, and Graphic Chemical and Ink of Villa Park, IL for generously discounting the inks. An on-line gallery of the all of the RBP prints can be found on the Really Big Prints Facebook page, and there is more to see at our new web page

New for 2021 - RBP Scholarships to promote Equity, Diversity + Inclusion

The Really Big Prints team is committed to hosting an open and welcoming event for all printmakers, especially those who are underrepresented in our community. With that in mind, we are pleased to fund a scholarship for an underrepresented artist to participate in Really Big Prints. The selected artist will be reimbursed up to $500 in costs related to preparing for and participating in the event. Specifically, that's $50 for registration, $200 towards materials, $200 towards travel and lodging, and $50 towards incidentals and food.

All are welcome to apply. In addition to applying for the event as you normally would, artists who wish to be considered for the scholarship should send a short statement (100-200 words) discussing their identity as an underrepresented artist and what participating Really Big Prints might mean to them. Please add this statement to the regular application.

We'll announce the scholarship recipient this spring. We can't wait to print safely with you all in 2021!

Really BIGPRINTS!!!! the Workshop

If you have some printmaking experience or have taken some classes, but don’t feel ready to work large, for 2020 there is a ReallyBIGPRINTS!!! workshop being offered as a 3 credit course. The work shop will be offered on the UW Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus from June 21-July 16. Participants will also be part of Really BIGPRINTS details can be found here.

Organizer Biographies

  • Berel Lutsky was born in Buffalo NY and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BS in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from UW Madison, and his MFA in studio art with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from UW Milwaukee. He has taught at several UW Colleges, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carroll University in Waukesha, and the Avni Institute in Israel. In addition to his formal education he has worked as a printer at the “Fishy Whale Press” in Milwaukee WI, the Tel Aviv Artist’ House Printshop, and has presented workshops and done residencies at the Jerusalem Print Workshop. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and is in public and private collections in Israel, Belgium, Japan and the US. He is currently a Professor of Art at UW‐Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus where he teaches drawing, design, photography, printmaking, and painting.
  • Benjamin D. Rinehart specializes in multimedia images with a strong focus on printmaking, book constructions, painting and drawing. His socially charged work is a part of many public and private collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ben received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Herron School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. He is currently an Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He has taught in New York & New Jersey at Pratt Institute, Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Long Island University, Fordham University, FIT, and Manhattan Graphics Center. He has continued to teach as a visiting artist at various institutions around the country like the Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Brookfield Craft Center and the John Michael Kohler Art Center. Ben is the author of a book titled, "Creating Books & Boxes." For examples of his work and teaching schedule visit
  • Katie Ries creates drawings, prints, costumes, and objects to raise and answer humorous questions about land, labor, and community. A graduate of UT Knoxville (MFA) and Colorado College (BA) Katie Ries lives and works in Northeastern Wisconsin and is an Associate Professor of Art at St. Norbert College. She is the founder of the Land Scouts, an urban troop promoting land stewardship and open to all. In 2006 Ries helped establish and run the Birdhouse, a community space for artists, musicians and activists in Knoxville, TN. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the US and she shows her work nationally. She is currently working to design and build a pair of “sustainable fashion boots” appropriate for Wisconsin winters.

Organizer Contact Information

Berel Lutsky, Professor of Art
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus
705 Viebahn Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220-6699

Katie Ries, Associate Professor of Art
St. Norbert College
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

Benjamin D. Rinehart, Professor of Art
Lawrence University Wriston Art Center
711 E. Boldt Way, SPC-­‐01
Appleton, WI 54911

Cooperating Organizations/Sponsors

  • Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
  • Rahr-­West Museum of Art
  • City of Manitowoc
  • UW-­Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus
  • Lawrence University
  • St. Norbert College
  • Graphic Chemical and Ink