Lynwood Kreneck: 2015 William D. Kerns Award in Visual Arts

“For someone who had to teach themselves to print [and] become one of the most influential printmakers in the US is pretty astounding.”

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Printmaker Lynwood Kreneck, a powerhouse of the Texas Tech University School of Art printmaking program, recently received the 2015 William D. Kerns Award for the Visual Arts. The award, beginning in 2003 with past recipients like James Watkins and Eddie Dixon, was presented at LHUCA’s 2015 “Celebrating the Arts” Gala.

The award is well deserved; Kreneck was fundamental in putting Texas Tech Printmaking on the map. As an instructor, he was concerned with health and safety issues. This led to him partnering with Createx to develop a less toxic, transparent base for mixing with a variety of acrylic colors, eventually named “Lyntex” after Kreneck. Beyond his influence on printmaking materials that are still in production today, he created the annual ColorPrint USA exhibition in 1969, Kreneck logged hundreds of hours traveling the country gathering contemporary artists and showcasing their work in a national show. In a three-year enterprise, the 1998 ColorPrint USA exhibition, Lynwood gathered an edition of 50 prints from an artist printmaker from every state, for a nation-wide exhibition with simultaneous openings of the show. ColorPrint USA ran for 40 years, with its final show at the Museum of Texas Tech, and generated a collection that remains in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection. Click here>>> for ColorPrint USA: A Short History by Peter Briggs of the Museum of Texas Tech.

Besides his extensive resume, Lynwood left an impression on Charles Adams of Charles Adams Gallery and CASP. When asked about Lynwood, Charles says “ I met him when I moved back from New York in 1980. He had come to some event, and I was there and wanted to introduce myself. I was told he was someone I should suck up to, and it was easy. He was doing things with color and screenprinting that I had never seen before. I went up to him, and said ‘I have a print gallery,” and he said, ‘no one has a print gallery in Lubbock,’ and walked off.” Charles goes on to describe Lynwood’s masterful work, ending with “for someone who had to teach themselves to print [and] become one of the most influential printmakers in the US is pretty astounding.”

I would like to give a special thanks to Charles Adams, who heavily contributed to this article. When asked for comment on Charles’ anecdote, Lynwood responded, “Charles Adams Gallery handles my work and has indeed been a major force in keeping printmaking in the minds of art lovers in Lubbock. Also, he loves to tell that story!”

To see LHUCA’s video interview of Kreneck, click here >>>.

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Images courtesy of the artist and the AP/RC.

Earth's Mysteries Solved-Big Bermuda Triangle, 1981; Screenprint; Image: 27x 20 1/2 inches

Clown in the Rich Kitchen, 1997; Screenprint, drawing, sewing; Image: 944 x 754 mm

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