Upshur County
B.F.A. Printmaking (Kansas City Art Institute); M.F.A. Printmaking (Ohio University)
Drawing, Graphic Design, Installation Art Design & Production, Papermaking & Crafting, Printmaking

Robert Howsare

Through a rigorous material and process-based studio practice, my research examines the illusory and ambiguous aspects of visual perception. The printmaking matrix serves as a constant that allows me to introduce variables of color and composition. My practice expands upon traditional print media to include drawing, installation, digital and time-based media.

Informed by my background in psychology and commercial print studios, my recent work utilizes interference patterns to investigate the correlation between the printmaking process and human perception. The moiré pattern simultaneously represents errors that occur during the printing process and the limitations of our perceptual systems. This inability of our eyes to process certain visual stimuli causes a discrepancy between actual and perceived vision, which can create the illusion of movement within a static image. This examination of color and form shifts the viewing experience from purely visual to a sensorial experience.


I have exhibited my work nationally and internationally; selected venues include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the International Print Center of New York. My work has been recognized by WIRED Magazine, Abitare International Design Magazine, HOW, and other publications. Most recently, my work has appeared in The Art of Tinkering, Meggs’ History of Graphic Design, and on Adult Swim.