Mokuhanga, Japanese wood cut
APRIL VOLLMER is a New York artist and educator who specializes in mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut. She earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, New York, in 1983, and first visited Japan with the Nagasawa Art Park Program in 2004. Since that time she has worked primarily in mokuhanga as a printmaker and educator. She has taught classes in mokuhanga at the Japan Society and the Lower East Side Printshop in New York; Cabrillo College and Kala Art Institute in California; MakingArtSafely in New Mexico; The Morgan Conservatory in Ohio; Art Print Residence in Spain, as well as many other locations. She has given lectures and demonstrations at many universities and independent print shops and has assisted in the organization of several exhibitions of contemporary mokuhanga.
Vollmer actively promotes cultural exchange through a study of mokuhanga and was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Kyoto and Tokyo. She was communications advisor for the Third International Mokuhanga Conference, in Hawaii, which attracted a hundred participants from sixteen countries. In addition to exhibiting her prints, her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. Her book on the history and contemporary use of mokuhanga, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015.