Tim Guthrie

Making Art with Lasers

July 20h – 24th, 2020

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You will learn how to use a laser cutter to create 2D and 3D pieces of art. We will discuss both simple and complex methods of engraving, etching and cutting. SNU has a large cutter which participants will use during the workshop. We will mainly discuss cutting wood, but will cover art cut from other materials, as well, such as glass, stone, and leather. We will create pieces from scratch, as well as download existing designs, such as tabbed boxes, lamps, and similar object. We will also utilize complex images created with vector and raster graphics. We will also explore creations that have been painted after being cut and etched with the laser cutter.


Tim Guthrie is one of the most diverse digital artists you would have the opportunity to work with. He’s a filmmaker, digital illustrator, a 3D printing artist, mixed-media and multi-media artist. If you ever wanted to work with a multi-talented artist with the opportunity to learn multiple techniques and explore ways to combine high-tech and traditional media, this is your chance.

“Homage to Grant Wood”   Tim Guthrie

Laser cut lamp by Erik Burns


Tim Guthrie has been awarded Independent Artist Fellowships in 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006 (Distinguished Artist) from the Nebraska Arts Council for both his traditional and digital art, as well as his experimental animation and documentary work. He was also awarded Best Visual Artist, Best Show, and Best New Media Artist in 2015 by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards, as well as Best Show in 2011, and both Best New Media Artist and Best Show in 2008, for “Nuclear Dichotomies” and Best Exhibit in 2011, for “Extraordinary Rendition.”

He also presented his multi-media work at the Sorbonne in Paris, France (Summer 2012).

Residencies include the Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, Hall Farm, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and other awards and fellowships include International Sculpture Center, the Sierra Arts Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council, each funded by the NEA.

His films have won numerous Best Documentary awards, 2017 Humanitarian Award (GIFA), Audience Awards and other awards, and shown widely, including in Wales, UK (International), Sweden (High Coast),  Bucharest, Sydney (World Film Festival), Hiroshima Animation Festival, 5th Annual Athens International Animation Festival (Greece), Control Arms Conference (Italy), Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and film festivals in London, Miami, Copenhagen, Hollywood, and Toronto.

Tim is a professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.