Nicole Pietrantoni

Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project & Community Art Festival

The Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project brings together artists, students, and the community for a collaborative art event.

More than 1,500 people in the Walla Walla region came to this free event, which brought together an incredibly diverse group. This festival came about because of the vision and collaboration of organizations across the city, including Shakespeare Walla Walla, Art Walla, Carnegie Picture Lab and Whitman College Art Department.

As part of the festival 35 of my Whitman art students collaboratively printed giant woodcuts using a steamroller. For over a month before the festival, Beginning Printmaking students hand-carved their designs on 4-by-4-foot and 4-by-8-foot sheets of medium density fiberboard. The students also helped teach community members how to carve their own mini-relief blocks, which could be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller. The resounding success of the inaugural Dia de los Muertos was due to the enthusiasm and support of local organizations, schools and the community.

Articles about the Project
Whitman Magazine
"Collaboration made creation of art a success," Union Bulletin

A student carving her block 

Whitman Magazine feature of event 

Students at Fouts Visual Arts Ctr 

Professor Pietrantoni with students 

CNC-routered woodcut 

Collaboration with the WW Foundry  

Inked CNC-routered block 

Rolling up the blocks 








Steamroller donation from the city 





Free community carving table 

Volunteers helped people make art 




Prints were installed inside  

Interior - Gesa Power House Theatre 

Altar contest 

Alters by community groups 

Print of CNC-routered block