Zach Stensen (1983, USA)

BFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 
MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa. 
He is currently an assistant professor in the Painting Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Coordinator and Master Printer for the university’s visiting artist print publishing program, Fanoon: Center for Printmedia Research. 

Kochi Muziris Biennale (Kochi, India), the Icelandic Printmakers’ Gallery (Reykjavik,Iceland), and the Printmaking Museum of Douro (Alijo, Portugal)
Solo exhibitions with his artist collective, The Four-Footed Fellows Correspondence Club
Roanoke College (Salem, VA), Dayton Visual Arts Center (Dayton, OH), and Rogaland Kunstsenter (Stavanger, Norway). 
Zach’s work is in over 20 collections, including the University of Minnesota Libraries, Special Collections and Rare Books; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kohler Art Library Artists’ Book Collection; and Kyoto University, Japan. 

Artist residencies, Kunstnarhuset Messen (Ålvik, Norway),Frans Masereel Centrum (Kasterlee, Belgium), and the Doha Fire Station (Doha,Qatar).  

Zach Stensen



22.05.2017 to 16.06.2017

Zachary Stensen will develop a Production Residency in which he will explore the crafts and mechanised processes within printmaking and its capacity of multiple. Zach is interested in those devices like paint-by-number which allow anybody to make a masterpiece only by following the same set of steps, and that at the same time, generate mistakes. Zach will explore this within printmaking. 


Zach’s artistic practice encompasses printmaking, drawing, and artist books, as a means of self-referential exploration. While memory serves as the common backdrop, his work specifically recollects objects, places, family stories, and coming of age activities associated with my rural subculture boyhood. Using a distilled and quiet drawing language, he create iconic stand-ins for these objects, tales, and events, rather than accurate depictions. Poetic in nature, with subtle hints of humor and ambiguity, his work seeks to explore the grey area that exists between personal history and self-mythology. 
In additional to his personal studio practice, Zach frequently works with his collaborative group, The Four- Footed Fellows Correspondence Club. Over the last ten years their group has developed a visual lexicon through drawing, installation, photography, and object-making, which at its root serves as an ongoing dialogue between members, while also chronicling the group history. Since the members are no longer anchored in a central location, reconvening often takes place in the context of a project or exhibition, and the subsequent work is imbued with a personal iconography that explores themes of wandering, wayfaring, travel, and history. Each project bears marks by every member, and no piece is ever considered complete. They are a living, breathing record of their story.