SHERIDAN, Wyo. (January 22, 2018) – Renowned western artist Theodore Waddell and his wife, author and photographer, Lynn Campion Waddell, are gifting an 80-piece print collection to Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. Comprised of works by Waddell and celebrated artists throughout the country, including Terry Allen, Roger Shimomura, Paul Brach, Fritz Scholder, Arin Waddell and Randy Lee White, the collection demonstrates the art of lithography, chine colle’, woodcut, collagraph, monotype and monoprint, etching, dry point, aquatint, silkscreen and broadside techniques. Waddell’s print collection is on view at Whitney Center for the Arts now through mid-May.
More than a dozen of Waddell’s rare lithographs, woodcuts, etchings and aquatints will be made available for sale to the public starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. During Waddell’s opening reception at Whitney Center for the Arts, interested buyers will have the opportunity to meet him. Proceeds will support the launch of a new Sheridan College visiting artists workshop and lecture series focused on master print making. It will also support top Sheridan College printmaking students with a $1,000 cash award each May during the annual juried student show.
“I have traded prints with many artists throughout my career and, in recent years, we have purchased several prints to add to this collection,” said Waddell. “It has been a great experience for Lynn and me. Since we have given the press to the College, it made sense to add our print collection to the effort to preserve and promote traditional printmaking.”
In early 2017, the Waddell’s donated a Takach Motorized Intaglio press and print shop to the Sheridan College art program, spawning master class workshops and allowing for the ongoing study of traditional, advanced professional printmaking for Sheridan College art students. The Albuquerque-based Takach Press Corporation, founded by Sheridan, Wyoming native Dave Takach, is widely recognized as one of the top fine art printing press manufacturers in the world.
“We are proud to be one of only a few two-year institutions in the nation that is offering the study of printmaking at this level,” said Dr. Paul Young, president of Sheridan College. “Ted and Lynn’s gifts are creating unprecedented access to essential equipment, artists and programming, and this is exponentially expanding our potential as a destination college for the arts.”
With the help of generous sponsors, donors and partners, Sheridan College continues to double down on its investment in the arts. “We share a vision,” said Hanke. “And together we are cultivating an even more vibrant and diverse arts economy.”
Whitney Center for the Arts will launch its new visiting artists series in the 2018-19 school year.
About Theodore Waddell
Born in Billings, Montana in 1941, Theodore Waddell studied art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, New York in 1962 and 1963. He went on to earn a bachelor degree from Eastern Montana College in 1966 and in 1968 received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Printmaking from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In 1968 Waddell joined the University of Montana’s art faculty, where he taught until 1976. He has been affiliated with the U.S. State Departments Art in Embassies Program since 1999 and in 2004, he was honored at the White House for his collection of paintings in various U.S. Embassies. In 2015, he received the Governor’s Arts Award from the State of Montana and was selected by the Yellowstone Art Museum as the Artist of the Year. His works are found in private and corporate collections throughout the world and are currently exhibited and galleries and museums throughout the west.
About Lynn Campion Waddell
Campion Waddell is an author and photographer, and former cutting horse champion. She is the author of RODEO: Behind the Scenes at America’s Most Exciting Sport. “Campion’s photos and prose convey the gritty details of the sport, as well as the very American roots of rodeo,” said Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar. “I urge anyone with an interest in rodeo to pick up a copy of this book. The photos alone are worth the price of the volume.”