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Archival digital print on LexJet paper
Art & Design Study Collection
Aili Schmeltz earned her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Arizona. Exhibiting internationally, she has received prestigious grants from the Pollock-Kramer Foundation, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Durfee Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Schmeltz has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska), Sculpture Space (Utica, New York), Babayan Culture House (Cappadocia, Turkey), and Take Kunstprojecektraum (Berlin, Germany). She is cofounder of the Los Angeles Art Resource, a website that serves as a forum for the exchange and sharing of comprehensive arts resources.
The original print exhibited in the area surrounding the Scale-Up Classroom was created in conjunction with UND’s 2012 Arts & Culture Conference: Binary Inventions, Art & Culture in the Digital Age.
The print relates to a campus-wide plan called the “Living Art Museum.” The concept behind this plan stresses the idea of “relevancy” in regard to what is selected for display—as it relates to the concerns of people who are normally present in spaces where the art is placed. With this concept in mind, the artwork relates to the issue of recent digital technologies that are available to “scale up” processes utilized in contemporary printmaking.