Sergio Soave, professor of printmaking and chair of the West Virginia University Division of Art, recently participated in the First International Digital Miniature Print Portfolio Project organized by the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) at the University of the Western England in Bristol, England.

The CFPR is a large research group dedicated to the development of fine print and is regarded as the center of excellence within the international print community.

The purpose of the project was to produce an exhibition from artists who come from various disciplines and backgrounds. Following the success of the Universitys miniature print portfolio project, now in its sixteenth year, this portfolio has expanded to include the participation of more than 75 internationally recognized artists.

The project began in January at”The Making Creative Connections 2 Conference”in Bristol and ended July 9 with an artist signing day and a private viewing of the exhibits.

“This project has given me the opportunity to create new and unique digital work and to engage in creative dialogue with other artists who are all working at developing images electronically,”Soave said.”The quality of the printing and paper has now reached the forefront of fine arts printing and to be able to work with this level of output enables artists to push the limits of digital printing.”

Soave plans to exhibit his entire portfolio at the WVU College of Creative Arts print studio at the beginning of the fall semester.

A native of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, Soave completed his undergraduate work at the University of Windsor, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from WVU in 1987. His computer works, lithographs, etchings and silkscreen prints have been included in more than 100 invitational and juried regional, national and international exhibitions. His work can also be seen in the books”Printmaking: A Primary Form of Expression”and”Contemporary American Printmaking.”