Rodolfo Salgado Jr currently lives and works in Louisville, KY, where he runs a printmaking studio, Calliope Arts, to provide professional and emerging artists with facilities for relief, woodcut, intaglio, and lithography. In 2012, Rodolfo received an MFA in Printmaking at The University of Iowa, where he was a Iowa Arts Fellow. In 2007, he graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from California State University, Chico. He grew up in San Bernardino, California. Rodolfo has received numerous grants, fellowships, and scholarships including the Iowa Arts Fellowship, the Sarah Hamilton Scholarship, and the Janet Turner Memorial Scholarship. His works are included in the collections of the Kohler Art Library, Southern Graphics Council Archives, Georgetown University Art Collection, and the Janet Turner Print Museum.
What do you hope your students take away from your class?
I hope they get a well-rounded knowledge of printmaking processes, as well as ideas for college portfolio development and generally a better understanding of what lies ahead of them if they choose art as a career.
What is your favorite thing to teach and why?
I really like teaching intaglio, and encouraging students to make a fully-developed drawing with purely line work. We develop images together through sketches, researching contemporary artists, and more - to have students dedicate time and energy to developing an image on a plate takes a lot of commitment and maturity, and they start to identify what their image-making interests really are.