A Brief Bio…

Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana Kevin Rudynski earned a B.A. in fine arts from Indiana University at South Bend in 1981. Printmaking, drawing and painting were the emphases of his studies at IUSB. He continued his studies in fine arts at the University of Illinois completing a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking specializing in lithography and intaglio. Upon completing the terminal degree at the U of I, he returned to South Bend and completed an Associates Degree in Design at Ivy Tech Community College in 1984. Rudynski worked for several advertising agencies as an art director and creative director before moving to Anderson, Indiana in 1990 to teach graphic design and printmaking at Anderson University. He served as chair of the Department of Art + Design from 2002 through 2014, while continuing to teach graphic design and printmaking. He is presently Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Graphic Design at Marian University-Indianapolis where he teaches graphic design and printmaking courses. His work is in numerous private and permanent collections including several national museum print collections.

Printing the cyan plate for Not Just Words #5

Printing the cyan plate for Not Just Words #5

A bit about why I create and teach

Discovering what matters to you — or motivates you to get up in the morning — isn’t easy. Once discovered, it isn’t a settled matter. All it means is that you’ve found something you’re willing to devote yourself to. Then the work really begins. The learning, the questioning, the failures, and the rewards of discovery is a lifetime of work. What follows is a little bit of what continues to excite me thirty years after discovering printmaking, design and teaching.

I love developing ideas into visual products. Whether an idea is articulated as a drawing by hand on an intaglio plate, or designed on a computer for on-screen viewing, I am rewarded by the entire creative process from start to finish. I am also motivated by the rewards of surprising discoveries which often emerge throughout the creative process. I strive to encourage unexpected developments of my ideas by questioning the premises which begin my projects and through formal and technical experimentation. While I am rarely satisfied with the conclusion of a project, I am encouraged by the idea that what I learn through one project can be applied to another, and that ongoing learning leads to a richly lived life. This is a perspective that I share with my students to encourage them in their commitment toward a life of faithfully lived creative practice.