John W. Amoss

Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2005

John W. Amoss, a master’s degree candidate in printmaking, incorporates a Japanese woodblock printing technique called moku-hanga with his background in commercial illustration to create artworks that combine sculpture, painting and print media in a multicultural, multigenerational style. He carves multiple wooden print blocks for one image and then adds metal sheets to give the scene depth. After inventing this technique, he collaborated with a Japanese master printer to design an internationally distributed woodcut. Mr. Amoss’ artwork has been exhibited in Scotland, Uganda and Japan. He has been invited to present his research findings during the Southern Graphics Convention at the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2005.