Art Werger's Tidal Shift
Art Werger's featured work Tidal Shift
Etching, aquatint and mezzotint

Art Werger is a Professor of Art in the Printmaking program at Ohio University where he was recently named a Presidential Research Scholar. He also taught at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where he served as Division Chair of the Fine Arts.

Werger recieved his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in printmaking in 1978 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. As a master printmaker, he works with aquatint, etching and mezzotint, with some of his images printed in multi-plate colors.

In addition to etchings, aquatints and mezzotints displayed throughout this site, Werger's work is available in galleries throughout the United States and online.

Art Werger has received over 250 awards in national and international exhibitions including:
  • Award of the Rector: International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland, 2012
  • Grand Prize: Third International Mezzotint Festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2015

Featured work: Tidal Shift

Panel 1

Tidal Shift, displayed at the top of the page, is Werger's newest and largest work to date. This piece is a six-panel panoramic intaglio image consisting of hand drawn aquatint and white ground imagery.

Tidal Shift panel 1

Panel 2

The title 'Tidal Shift' refers not only to the endangered coastal tideland but also to the psychological mindset of the characters.

Tidal Shift panel 2

Panel 3

At first glance, the image appears bucolic but there is a subtext in that the participants of this play are oblivious to the forces of the rising ocean and the impending consequences of the consumerist indulgences.

Tidal Shift panel 1

Panel 4

The sweep of the image covers approximately a 180-degree viewing angle spanning from ocean view across the beach to the mainland.

Tidal Shift panel 1

Panel 5

The main visual emphasis is on the lighting of the natural setting but there is also a strong emphasis on the textures of waves, clouds and sand eliciting a visceral response, and on patterns and compositional placement of the figures that crowd the scene.

Tidal Shift panel 1

Panel 6

Completed in 2016, each etching + aquatint panel is 36"x24".

Tidal Shift panel 1