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Student working in Printmaking department

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April 17, 2019

Printmaking and propaganda

A 9-year-old course helps artists find their voices on issues close to their hearts.

By Joseph Clark

In wartime, propaganda is used to mobilize patriots, sometimes against their own self-interest. In peacetime, propaganda can draw lines between “us” and “them,” fouling the air with hostility until times cease to be peaceful.

“Propaganda” is a provocative term. And that is exactly why Maggie Denk-Leigh named her course after it.

Denk-Leigh is chair of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Printmaking Department and president of the board of directors at the Morgan Conservatory, the Cleveland-based arts center dedicated to preserving and advancing the art of papermaking. Since 2010, she has taught CIA’s course called Propaganda: Media, Dissemination, and Technique, which...

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