Visiting artists come to Tandem because it is an experimental facility that gives them the freedom to create new and innovative work. Here they have the opportunity to explore and expand their creativity, and undertake projects without the restrictions of a commercial facility. For example, in 1990, under the auspices of Pace Editions, Chuck Close came to Tandem to carry out a reductive linoleum block print that was ultimately exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Art Spiegelman carried out a two-sided lithograph which now hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago; David Lynch, the internationally renowned film director and painter, created prints for the first time at Tandem; and Suzanne Caporael and Judy Pfaff created prints that have been reviewed in several publications, including the New York Times, and which now hang in collections throughout the United States. Work at Tandem, however, is not limited to outside artists. Since its inception, UW-Madison Art Department faculty have worked at the Press in formal and informal settings, and Tandem has provided exhibiting opportunities for them throughout the United States.
The visiting artists have made thousands of prints in collaboration with the master printers assisted by the Art Department students. Not only have our students learned from these internationally renowned artists, but also take pride in the fact that they contributed to so many outstanding works.
For a current list of visiting artists, visit Tandem Press online.