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Environmental Lithography Workshop – Costa Rica

August 14, 2016 - August 21, 2016

A workshop enriched with tours of contemporary Costa Rican culture, museums and cuisine. Network with print masters, museum directors, collectors and other artists while enjoying seven nights at a four-star hotel.

Accommodations: Hotel Wyndham, Herradurain Alajuela

Join us for an Environmental Lithography Workshop led by Fulbright Scholar, Alberto Murillo, Chair of the University of Costa Rica’s Printmaking Department. Innovative techniques and environmentally sensitive materials will be introduced during hands-on workshops in the print studio of the University of Costa Rica.

Alberto Murillo Lithograph

Workshop details

Alberto Murillo leads a workshop that combines art with environmentally sensitive processes and materials. The workshop is an unparalleled opportunity for artistic expression and for acquiring knowledge. Murillo inspires print masters to create compelling art using only non-toxic materials. Collectors, museum directors and gallery owners are encouraged to join us. Our sponsor, Al’Myra Communications, will supply raw organic materials such as ink, honey, lemon, lithography crayons, tusche, cheese cloth, and sandpaper. Artists will supply their own paper, which may be purchased in Costa Rica. Artists should bring their own exacto knives, brushes, brayers and aprons.



All group events will use a private van for transportation to and from hotel and venues.

Day 1

Check in at the hotel desk. For special requests, please contact the organizers.

Cocktail reception 7:00 pm, with Irene Carvajal at the bar next to the hotel pool.


Day 2 

10:00am-1:00pm, at the hotel, “The Necessity for Environmental Lithography,” a lecture and demonstration by Alberto Murillo.

1:00-5:00pm, personal time.

5:00pm, meet at the café of El Teatro Nacional above Museo del Oro.

Enjoy a solo music performance by Juan Carlos Martinez.

Guided tour of Museo del Oro led by the museum’s Lead Curator and Exhibition Director.


Day 3

Visit to Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo.

Visit to Casa del Artista.

Artist talk with Alejandro Villalobos: DIY Printmaking.


Day 4

Gallery tours, Despacio and Teoretica.


Day 5

Environmental Lithography Workshop, University of Costa Rica.


Day 6

Environmental Lithography Workshop, University of Costa Rica.

Visit to Sarchí de Grecia Ox Cart Factory.


Day 7

Environmental Lithography Workshop, University of Costa Rica.

Closing dinner, Quattro Restaurant. Enjoy music by Libertango Band.


Day 8

Guests depart per their own travel arrangements.


Cuisine details
  • Lunches: Lunch will be provided by small businesses owned and operated by women. Ingredients are organic.
  • Dinners: Enjoy dinner at world-renowned restaurants, including Quattro Restaurant.


Museum and studio tour details

Museo del Oro: Andres Salas will guide a tour of the Museo del Oro, which is situated next to the National Theater in the heart of San José. Solo music performance by Juan Carlos Martinez.
MADC: Enjoy a personal tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo) with Chief Curator Maria José Chavarría. Chavarría has academic training in Art History and Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica. She also has degrees in Cultural Management and Communication from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO). Chavarría teaches Theory of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Costa Rica.
Casa del Artista: Visit the studios of some of Costa Rica's emerging, established, and mid-career artists. Learn how they are surpassing the country's initiatives to focus on environmental issues, including renewable energy, conservation and the use of ethical/non-toxic materials. The main objective of “La Casa del Artista” is to develop highly personalized programs geared towards contributing to the individualized growth of local artists. The center has nine studios including printmaking, pottery and sculpture. All studios are equipped with specialized machinery and tools. There’s also gallery space and an auditorium.
Sarchí de Grecia Ox Cart Factory: Visit the Oxcart Factory to explore how today’s highly skilled artisans sustain traditions of pre-Columbian art. Sarchi de Grecia is a workspace for internationally renowned artisans.

Artist biographies

Alberto Murillo is a Fulbright Scholar and he is Chair of the University of Costa Rica’s Printmaking Department. Murillo’s first exposure to printmaking was in his great-uncle Francisco Amighettl's studio. As a Fulbright Scholar he completed his MFA studies at the University of Iowa. Murillo’s art combines drawing, printmaking and teaching. He has been a professor at the University of Costa Rica for over twenty years. He teaches traditional as well as experimental printmaking. In 1996 Murillo won the Goya Medal at the X Bienal Iberoamericana de Arte in México.
Andrés Salas is a graphic designer, exhibition designer and photographer. He studied at the University of Costa Rica and has participated in residencies in Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba and New York. He is director of Exhibition Design at the Museo del Oro in San Jose Costa Rica.
Alejandro Villalobos is perhaps better known as Tarzan. He is a painter, printmaker, press builder and baker. He received his BFA from the University of Costa Rica and has continued his studies through numerous residencies focusing on printmaking both in Costa Rica and in the United States. Tarzan currently teaches a variety of printmaking techniques at the “Casa del Artista.” He has received multiple awards including third place at the ICE Bienal 2009 in San Jose Costa Rica; and Gran Premio del Salon de la Excelencia at the VI Painting Bienal 1994 in San Jose Costa Rica.

Organizational team biographies

Irene Carvajal is a multidisciplinary, award-winning Costa Rican-American artist. Her art practice includes printmaking, collage, sculpture and installation. Irene has exhibited internationally and has earned multiple awards, among them the Bronze Roller Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Printmaking, both from the San Francisco Art Institute. Prevailing themes in her work include labor, globalization and mass production. Irene currently teaches Lithography at Stanford University.
Ryan Noble is a contemporary artist and licensed art therapist. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited/performed across the US and Europe. Ryan’s interdisciplinary practice is committed to social justice. He works in media and concepts that are accessible to audiences beyond conventional art spaces.
Hanna Regev represents InSpace Curatorial. Regev works with multidisciplinary artists who deal with issues of our time; including gender, race and age. She organizes group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Regev has an M.A. in Museum Studies and an M.A. in Modern European History from San Francisco State University. She works with numerous cultural organizations and art galleries in San Francisco and the Bay Area to produce and develop cultural public programs.


InSpace Curatorial is based in the Mission District of San Francisco. The organization nurtures and develops traveling art exhibits of contemporary visual and performance art drawing from and celebrating human rights. InSpace sets innovative standards in socially responsible, culturally sensitive art projects and exchanges, and focuses on connecting and working with world-class artists and curators.
Al’Myra Communications is an organization committed to interdisciplinary storytelling through socially responsible means. Working with diverse professionals in an array of artistic fields, Al’Myra Communications brings awareness to topical thoughts and events through such mediums as dance, photography, film, architecture, and the visual arts. More information on Al’Myra and the projects it supports can be found at: almyracommunications.com


Environmental consciousness is not a fad or a new concept or relation to Costa Rica, it is a matter of life and death. 25% of the national territory is dedicated to conservancy. Costa Rica has a goal of using all renewable energy by 2017. Last year they achieved this goal. 100% of Energy that fuels cities comes from hydroelectric and geothermal plants. Costa Rican artists were faced with either not practicing printmaking or having to adapt. Materials used traditionally in printmaking were both expensive and toxic. Artists had to import them, making it all prohibitive and ethically opposed to the culture of the country. Chemists and artists from the University of Costa Rica joined forces to research fruit and plant extracts that had the same properties as the petroleum based chemicals traditionally used in Lithography. Orange oils, citric acid, and honey are being used in lieu of lithotine and nitric acid. —Irene Carvajal, Costa Rican-American artist.

Registration and payment details

Space is limited. Please reserve your place by sending payment via PayPal to contact@almyracommunications.com


To pay by check: Make checks payable to Al’Myra Communications, mail to:

Al’Myra Communications
615 Main Street
Miles City, MT 59301


Payment covers:

  • Accommodation for seven nights at Hotel Wyndham
  • All lunches and two dinners (inaugural dinner and closing dinner)
  • Transportation to scheduled events and workshops (see workshop details for materials provided by hosts and sponsors)
  • Fees for guides and guest artists

Cost: $4,500 per person for single occupancy; $4,000 per person for double occupancy. 20% discount for payments received on or before July 15th.

Deadline: Payment must be received by August 1st

Airfare: Airfare is the responsibility of the participant



Contact Ryan Noble, Coordinator: ryan.noble@almyracommunications.com • +1415.2051430


The Environmental Lithography workshop based in Costa Rica exemplifies Al’Myra’s approach to integrating science and art. Al’Myra engages in both healing and activism for a healthier planet. During this first tour of Costa Rica, we are pleased to introduce artist and art therapist Ryan Noble as a member of our faculty team. I am thrilled to join this project and to be immersed in a creative environment. Part of my personal agenda is to learn about alternative pain management during my visit. —Tayeb Alhafez, MD, FACP, Creative Director of Al’Myra Communications


Click here for downloadable PDF of Workshop details. 


August 14, 2016
August 21, 2016
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