Newsmaker: Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth
Age: Both 29
Education: Roden: Bachelor of fine arts in printmaking, 2001, Washington University, and master of fine arts in printmaking, 2004, University of South Dakota; Lueth: Bachelor of fine arts, printmaking, 2004, University of South Dakota.
Occupation: Printmakers; owners of the Tugboat Printshop, Lawrenceville.
Background: The couple met at the University of South Dakota, moved to Pittsburgh in 2006 and started their business in Lawrenceville two years ago.
Notable: Their handmade, full-color woodblock print, “America the Beautiful,” was featured in Manifest Hope, a Washington show that celebrated the inauguration of President Obama. It was acquired by the administration and is slated to be displayed in the Old Executive Office Building at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. The print, which was made from five hand-drawn, hand-carved woodblocks, can be viewed online at the Tugboat Printshop Web site: www.tugboatprintshop.com.
Quote: “When we think about the historic engraving played in Western Pennsylvania as the country came out of the Depression and that the most recognizable printmaker in the county, Andy Warhol, was from Pittsburgh, we really enjoy being in this town. Given the amount of work that goes into printmaking, we feel like our work fits very nicely in Pittsburgh, a town that appreciates hard work.”