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Joseph Velasquez and His Drive-By Press

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On this edition of our show, we speak with the artist Joseph Velasquez, who has an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the co-founder of the Dirty Printmakers of America, is a curator at the SlingShot Gallery (in Madison, WI), and is one of the creators/participants/educators behind Drive-By Press (which, per its website, is on a "mission to share [its] enthusiasm for printmaking with audiences everywhere.") Now based in Austin, Texas, Velasquez tells us that he began Drive-By Press in order to give demonstrations --- from the back of his truck --- of relief printing, screen-printing, woodcutting, etching, engraving, lithography, etc. This was back in 2005, and ever since, Drive-By Press has visited schools, programs, galleries, art fairs, and communities all across the country. Tonight, Friday the 1st, as part of the Brady Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Tulsa, Drive-By Press will be offering demonstrations and creating artworks (from 4pm till 9pm) at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, which is the magnificent new facility connected with the University of Tulsa and the Gilcrease Museum (at 124 East Brady Street). For more about Drive-By Press, please visit this link.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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