The “Tessa Shackelford Print Revival!”…

On April 05-07th, the WVU Printmaking Program hosted alumni Tessa “Dumbkat” Shackelford who currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

The visit was organized by current MFA Printmaking student Stephanie Alaniz. Anyone who knows Tessa is well aware that she is a force to be reckoned with, and she did not disappoint during her time in the WVU CAC! It was absolutely great to have Tessa back in the shop. I forgot how much energy and fun she brings with her wherever she goes. I haven’t heard that much laughter come out of the print studios in a while.


LOVE this poster designed by Stephanie Alaniz…perfect!


Tessa first thing in the morning, on the first day…ready for action!


Tessa giving a talk to students…she was incredibly open and honest about herself, her upbringing, and her journey to this moment in her life…it was a really good talk.


Tessa giving a critique to undergraduate student Christina Kang with fellow student Laura Miller looking on…


Tessa working with students during her woodcut/protest poster workshop…lots of activity and lots of fun!


Alumni Jess Poole came down from Pittsburgh to meet Tessa and make some work in the shop…IMG_6101

Jess cranked out this AMAZING silkscreen poster in like an hour…


My favorite picture of this visit! Three generations of WVU Printmakers coming together…Tessa, Lydia Taylor, and Jess…amazing picture that is a great representation of how great teaching art can be! Thank you Tessa for taking the time to touch our lives for a few days!


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