Debra Olin was awarded the 2004 Rappaport Prize for her admirable work as a printmaker. In both her two-dimensional prints and three-dimensional printed constructions, Olin creates garments, or images of garments, adorned with text, found objects, and images from the natural world and of her Jewish cultural heritage—notably Yiddish literature, poetry, and folklore. "I have come to think of clothing as an extension of the body," explains the artist. "The coat becomes a thick hide, a shelter, a vantage point from which to safely view the world and one's relationship to it. The slip holds the skin, delicate and vulnerable. Under this covering are revealed the mysteries that live inside us. This work explores that inner life with an emphasis on hope and healing."

What did the prize mean to you?

The Rappaport Prize allowed Olin to purchase an etching press, giving her the freedom to push her artistic boundaries. She writes that "the Rappaport Prize has given me the confidence to reach for higher goals. I am taking myself more seriously and am being taken more seriously in return."

Where is she now?

Olin had two solo exhibitions in 2008. The first, Inspired by Yiddish, was held at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery in Minneapolis, MN; the second was held at Gallery Blue in Nantucket, MA. Her work also appeared in The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial in 2007.