In our daily lives, we are exposed to a vast array of printed and digital ephemera from the diminutive descriptive information of a business card to the glowing screens of an Instagram account or as the expansive voice and bold graphics of a outdoor billboard.
My recent work has employed the historic printmaking forms of the broadsheet, the pamphlet and the flag as starting points to investigate historical and contemporary cultural and political issues. Each of these printmaking forms was used to convey new information to a general audience. The broadsheet or poster might have been installed in a public place to relay news of the day, an opportunity for work or the advantage of a particular product or service to the reader. The pamphlet might have been a religious, political or social tract read on a more intimate scale and carried discreetly in a pocket or pouch. The flag might have waved over a town or building establishing the identity of the owner. The use of all three can be traced through the growth and development of the information age and have directly influenced our collective history. In addition, each one has materialized in our new digital landscape as an ongoing, if slightly morphed, form of information.
These works of art are executed in a variety of printmaking media (analog and digital) including relief printing, screen printing, stenciling, laser heat transfers, stickers and Risographs. They are multiples and can be widely disseminated to a large audience true to their original printmaking roots.
Using the art making process as a catalyst, William Tourtillotte has established relationships across the community as a visual artist, an arts educator and an advocate for art’s ability to create a life not just a living.
Bill is a Lecturer in Printmaking and part of the Fine Arts Department of the
Raclin School for the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. He has managed the printmaking facility and taught courses in Relief, Intaglio, Lithography, Screen Printing, Book Arts and Papermaking in the BFA printmaking concentration for the last five years. Prior to coming to IUSB, he held the position of Department and Division II Chair and Director of Vincent Gallery at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN (2012–2015), and was formerly Chief Curator/Program Director (2000–2004) and Curator of Education (1995–2000) at the South Bend Museum of Art. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Purdue University and Indiana University South Bend teaching printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, and digital graphic arts.
William has a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from
Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.