Helios & Chronos

NEA Big Read Programming: Ancient Artforms


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Stop by the Matthews on Thursday, February 9 from 5-8 pm in the Matthews Art Gallery for a cyanotype printing project.

Come join us as we take a step back into history and explore one of the first printing-out processes created. In this workshop, we will explore chemistry mixing, coating techniques, and printing tips for making cyanotype and solar fast prints. Cyanotypes are one of the oldest photographic printing processes. The distinctive feature of the print is its shade of cyan blue, which results from its exposure to ultraviolet light. Alternative solar fast chemistry creates a variety of color options as well. Participants will use a variety of objects from nature and acetate film paper to create their own unique prints.

This event is free to attend, however, space is limited to 8 participants. Registration required.
To hold your space, call (605)717-6967 or email [email protected].

About the NEA Big Read

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,700 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $24 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, NEA Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past 16 years, grantees have leveraged more than $56 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.9 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, over 97,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and over 40,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible.

Visit arts.gov/neabigread for more information about the NEA Big Read. Organizations interested in applying for an NEA Big Read grant in the future should visit Arts Midwest’s website for more information.


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest



Date and Time:


Thursday, February 9, 2023


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm





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