Digital Atelier® is a printmaking studio for the 21st century with locations near Boston, Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; and Seattle, Washington. Combining traditional studio and media techniques with digital imaging, artists Dorothy Simpson Krause, Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke produce original fine art and variant editions using the latest computer equipment, imaging hardware and software. Although they each use the computer as a tool, their work and media choices are as varied as their backgrounds. It includes one of a kind paintings, collages, image transfers, monotypes and prints on surfaces as diverse as plywood, silk, rusty metal and handmade substrates.
In addition to the permanent location of the Digital Atelier in the artists studios, it also exists as a traveling educational forum to illustrate and evangelize the potential of digital tools for artists. A Digital Atelier Event features artists-in-residence in museums, galleries, printmaking studios, universities and conferences using state-of-the-art hardware, software and color printers. At each Event the artists are able to address their educational goals by demonstrating new art production techniques, giving lectures and presentations to the public on the issues, techniques and potential of digital tools, and by exhibiting their art.
The artists’ advocacy for this hybrid medium is evident in numerous demonstrations, presentations and workshops they have given at venues as diverse as the College Art Association, MacWorld, and the Smithsonian Institution. Work from the Digital Atelier studios is widely displayed both nationally and internationally. Their art is in more than 200 corporate and museum collections including the permanent collection of the National Museum of American Art.
The Digital Atelier artists conduct research on emerging technologies to share with fellow artists while providing feedback to developers from the artist perspective. Their leadership position in this field allows them to spotlight successful innovation in this rapidly evolving field as they write or have been written about in dozens of periodicals and books.
Krause, Lhotka and Schminke are founding members of the digital artists collaborative Unique Editions™.
Digital Atelier® is a registered trademark of Lhotka, Krause, Schminke.