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Two Perpich Students Selected for Access/Print Teen Mentorship Program at Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Nina Holding Eagle-Bushaw (Visual Arts 2023) and Bridget Wallace (Visual Arts 2023) are two of the seven students participating in the program this season. They are shown here with mentors from the program and other participants.

April 5, 2022

Two Perpich students were selected for this spring’s ACCESS/PRINT Teen Mentorship Program at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Nina Holding Eagle-Bushaw (Visual Arts 2023) and Bridget Wallace (Visual Arts 2023) are two of the seven students participating in the program this season. They are the eighth and ninth Perpich students in the past five years to be selected for this fantastic experience.

“Working at Highpoint has done wonders for my self-discovery as an artist,” said Wallace. “In Highpoint’s Access/Print program, I was able to curate a body of work that represented me and my interests using a variety of printmaking techniques. Overall, my projects were super fun to make, and I’m so excited for everyone to see how everything comes together!”

Bridget Wallace; Photo courtesy of Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Holding Eagle-Bushaw said, “I’m so glad I was able to be involved in the Access/Print Teen Mentorship. I learned so much, and explored so many forms of printmaking I might not have been able to explore in the same way anywhere else. Personally, I realized how much I love drypoint intaglio printmaking. It’s a wonderful experience, and I would do it again if I could. The Highpoint Center is a wonderful resource, and it’s really cool that it’s there.”

Jeremy Lundquist, Visual Arts Instructor added, “I was so thrilled to hear that Nina and Bridget had been accepted into Highpoint’s mentorship program. This is an excellent opportunity for them to broaden their skills in printmaking while focusing on an individualized body of work. Both Nina and Bridget were excellent students in my foundation level class, Studio Practice and Habits, where print techniques are included. Nina is very diligent and is a wonderful conceptual thinker. Bridget also always went above and beyond the tasks laid out in class and has become well practiced and combining humor with technical expertise and media experimentation. I am excited to see what they exhibit from the program at Highpoint this month.”

Nina Holding Eagle-Bushaw; Photo courtesy Highpoint Center for Printmaking

The ACCESS/PRINT Annual Student Exhibition opening reception is on Friday, April 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The exhibition showcases artwork created by teen artists who participated in the Access/Print program, including Nina and Bridget, as well as select partnerships with K-12 schools. The public is invited to the free event.

Nina Holding Eagle-Bushaw is from Moorhead, Minnesota and previously attended Moorhead High School.

Bridget Wallace is from Woodbury, Minnesota and previously attended East Ridge High School.

ACCESS/PRINT is a free young artists’ mentorship program for high school students in grades 10–12. The program hosts eight-ten outstanding teen artists each school year. The selected participants must be highly motivated and committed to creating a strong portfolio that is exhibited in the gallery at Highpoint. Each teen receives over 70 hours of studio access and instruction in the printmaking arts to create a body of work alongside professional artist mentors at Highpoint’s printshop to learn printmaking processes including monoprinting, drypoint intaglio, relief block printing, and screenprinting. After this introductory period, participants plan an independent project that uses one or more of these techniques. Through individual mentorship, peer critique, and supervised work sessions, young artists develop printmaking skills and gain confidence in their art-making.

Congratulations, Nina and Bridget!