What does it mean to be a printmaker in an increasingly screen-based world? For centuries, prints on paper have been the primary and most accessible mode of sharing current events, ideologies, advertisements, and images. Through their work as artists, educators, publishers, and entrepreneurs, contemporary print artists articulate what prints are, and why they matter.
Whether they engage centuries-old techniques or emerging technologies, printmakers remind us that we still live in a world surrounded by print media, and that we must be conscious of the ways images convey meaning and message. The handmade, multiple nature of prints remind us of the labor of creating art.
While social and business relationships are increasingly managed online, printmaking studios create communities for emerging and professional artists to work together in real life. The do-it-yourself nature of many printmaking processes allows people to access prints in everyday places, beyond the walls of the gallery or artist’s studio.
MAPC 2016 will feature panel discussions, demonstrations, and exhibitions that span both sides of the Ohio River, with Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN as the conference’s home base, and the University of Louisville as an anchor in the expanding art scene of Louisville, KY.