Exhibition Call — Messages in Ink, Women in Print

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Entry deadline: September 8, 2019, at midnight (MST)

On display from October 1 – December 31, 2019 at the Civic Center Public Gallery, located at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Messages in Ink, Women in Print features fine art prints by female artists from across Arizona.

Women artists have been historically under-represented in many art forms, including print media. Most women who became printers between the 16th and 20th centuries took over operation of the press after their husbands’ deaths. Today, women artists are flourishing in fine art printing.

Some artists exclusively produce fine art prints, while artists who work in other media enjoy translating their work to prints. Print artists can also be collaborators, working with their colleagues to share techniques, artwork, and ideas. Printmakers are always learning and sharing new techniques and processes, building on their knowledge base to evolve their work.

Additionally, artists and printers have been conveying personal messages in their artworks since the invention of the printing press. When a truth is too difficult to be blatantly stated, artists will cloak it in an image or message.

Fine art prints are primarily artworks on paper that allow an artist to convey their message in a graphic, in-your-face way or with subtle and layered imagery. The types of prints in this exhibition include: monoprints, a process that produces unique, one-of-a-kind works, and reliefintaglio or lithography, which can produce multiple artworks in limited-edition runs.

For this exhibition we are asking women print artists to submit a new or existing work that contains a hidden message, either implicitly or conceptually, in the medium of print on paper, including lithographs, etchings, letterpress, linoleum cut, woodcut, laser-engraved, and any other work of art created in print media.

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