Artist Statement

Brief Bio

Awards and Exhibitions



In three layers, my work is all about impression.


 A successful work hits you all at onceā€“its color, its energy, its beauty. It creates an impression. You are impressed.


I start out impressed by a visual event: a pattern of illumination and shadows across a face, the forms and hollows in a group of houses, the reflections of skyscrapers in the glass surfaces of other skyscrapers. Something impacts me with a sense of wonder, and gives me the impetus to process, interpret and reflect back that image.


And woodcuts are made by impression. Ink rolled onto a carved board (adhering to the surface that was not carved, and missing the part of the surface that was carved away) is pressed against paper, transferring the ink.


About the artist: Craig Mindell has been making woodcut prints for over 35 years. He was introduced to the process at the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Mindell lives in Wells Branch where he recently installed a flatbed press.



2018 Juror's Choice Award, Works Art on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland

2000 Awarded spot in traveling exhibition--Kansas Trieniel Exhibition, 2000 through 2003

1994 Biennial Exhibition Winner--Priva B. Gross International:  Works On/Of Paper

Queensborough Community College,  New York

1995 American Artist Magazine Award  Fine Arts Institute San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, California

1993 Juror's Award & Honorable Mention, Dodge City Area Arts Council, Dodge City, Kansas

1992 Best of Show, Central States Exhibition, Pratt Community College, Pratt, Kansas

1992  Honorable Mention Spirit Echoes First National Exhibition and Juried Show, Austin Texas

1992 Director's Purchase Award, Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, Greensburg, PA

1992 Juror's Choice Award, Art in the Woods--a Gallery Exhibition, Overland Park, Kansas

1991 Honorable Mention Images 1991, Highland Community College, Highland Kansas

1991  Stuart Aubrey Award of Merit & Third Place Overall, Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, Kansas



May 2013--Impressions  O2 Gallery West, 2830 East MLK BLVD Austin, TX 78702

April 2013- Art on Paper. Maryland Federation of Art, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

January 2004 Dallas Public Library (Frankford Branch)  Dallas, TX

Fall 1994 Dodge City Arts Center, Dodge City, KS

June 1994 Two Person Show Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

May 1994 QCC Art Gallery (Exhibition Award from International Works on Paper)  Bayside, NY

February 1989 Topeka Public Library Gallery, Topeka KS


In the Permanent Collections of

Artists Printmaker Research Collection, The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York, Bayside NY

Mulvane Art Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS

Columbian National Bank, Overland Park, KS


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The Prints

The Process

The Artist



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