Ursula West Minervini and Jonathon Poliszuk live and work together in Baltimore, Maryland. They are the co-founders of Pellinore Press, a woodcut and letterpress studio where they produce their own prints, artist books, and comics, as well as providing printing and bindery services for other artists. Their artists’ books and comics have been collected by institutions including the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania; the Howard Tilton Memorial Library, Rare Book Collection at Tulane University; and the Library of Congress.
Ursula West Minervini is an accomplished printmaker, book artist, and teacher. Her work explores communication and non-communication in written, spoken, and pictorial language. The content in her work is generated through playful acts of association, transcription, translation, and organization. She values nonsense and absurdity as means to examine complex realities.
Ursula earned her BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Printmaking and Graphic Design from Towson University. She teaches printmaking and book arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has produced prints in a variety of media for artists including Laylah Ali, Sam Gilliam, Grace Hartigan, Faith Ringgold, James Siena, and Kay Walkingstick.
Jonathon Poliszuk is a printmaker and artist with foundational interests in observational drawing and visual narrative. His monotypes and woodcuts combine close observation of the natural world with intuitive storytelling and the use of dreams to think beyond boundaries. His comics depict a proxy society to examine our own culture and relationship to each other and our environment.
Jonathon earned his BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His comics have appeared regularly in Magic Bullet, Washington DC’s free comics newspaper. Jonathon is also an avid cyclist, and manages Velocipede Bike Project, a nonprofit community bike shop in Baltimore.