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.
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.
The title 'Tidal Shift' refers not only to the endangered coastal tideland but also to the psychological mindset of the characters.
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.
The sweep of the image covers approximately a 180-degree viewing angle spanning from ocean view across the beach to the mainland.
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.
Completed in 2016, each etching + aquatint panel is 36"x24".