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Friday, October 7th: Daytime Events

All events 8:00am ‐ 5:30pm will be held at University of Louisville, 2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40292

Registration

8:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm Lutz Hall Lobby

Yoga

8:00 ‐ 9:30 am Lutz Hall Lobby

Panel Session 1: "Collaborative Matters: From Stone Lithography Printing into Film Animation Crossing Series, 2008 - 2016 Endi Poskovic and Jill Graham"

9:30 ‐ 11:30 am Strickler Hall, room 101

This panel will present the collaborative work in analog lithography and film animation between American printmaker Endi Poskovic and Canadian master printer Jill Graham. Spanning the period of eight years of active collaboration, Poskovic and Graham will discuss the Crossing Series and their transnational engagement, challenges and opportunities related to the production of over 20 individual projects created at the Open Studio Toronto, Ontario, NSCAD University print studios Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as in print studios in the USA, Belgium and Poland.

Panel Session 1: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Print: Artists filtering literary, musical, and cinematic influence through studio practice”, Nick Satinover, Sarah Smelser, Ry McCullough, Edie Overturf

9:30 ‐ 11:30 am Ekstrom Library

What are the forces that drive one’s studio practice? While we define ourselves as artist-printmakers, we must be aware that our studio practices are linked to what surrounds us and what has come before, not just in terms of art history, but also popular culture, entertainment media, fiction, and philosophy. This panel assembles a group of artists whose work draws inspiration from literary, musical, and cinematic sources as a way to discuss the importance of tangible influence in our age of the ethereal and instantaneous.

Demo Session 1: "Screen printing with Watercolor and Graphite" with Josh Bindewald

9:00 ‐ 10:30 am Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

Screen printing is often criticized for producing images that are “too flat” or “too digital” - or even as a lesser printmaking technique. This demonstration will introduce attendees to a method that can help them overcome the inherent flatness of the process and will show naysayers that screen printing can still capture the artist’s hand. While it affords the user a new range of possibilities, watercolor and graphite screen printing also maintains the user-friendliness of the process that so many of us love.

Demo Session 1: “Beyond the Gouge, Linoleum Etching” with Ross Mazzupappa

9:00 ‐ 10:30 am Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

Linoleum etching produces marks in relief or intaglio without the use of gouges that has a unique visual quality and aesthetic value. Linoleum etching can be used as a stand alone process, or used alongside traditional carving method for artists who want to achieve textures and details in their prints that may not be possible with carving alone.

Demo Session 1: “Pulp Painting and Papermaking”, Anna Tararova

9:00 ‐ 10:30 am Schneider Hall, Papermaking Studio, LL23

Paper made from weeds, invasive plants, farming by-product and recycled materials could be a solution to many ecological and economical problems the world is facing today. Along with being a sustainable practice, using fiber that was sourced locally can also contribute to artwork conceptually by creating a connection between subject and place. This demonstration will focus on pulp painting using many thin layers of finely beat cotton fiber on a base sheet made from local plants. Overlapping and mixing pigmented fiber will create atmospheric, watercolor-like papers, which can be used for printing, drawing, or bookbinding. Demonstration will also include stenciling, masking, and inclusion techniques, which can be used to achieve results similar to monoprinting and collage.

"Overview of Visual Resource Collection" with John Begley (Session 1 of 5)

10:00 - 11:00 am Lutz Hall, room 114

"Overview of Visual Resource Collection" with John Begley (Session 2 of 5)

11:00 - 12:00 am Lutz Hall, room 114

Demo Session 2: “Skin on Stone: Non-Toxic Lithographic Skin Transfers” with Morgan Price

11:00 am ‐ 12:30 pm Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

The human body is the original printing matrix. What lithographer hasn’t, at one time or another, felt the overwhelming desire to mash their face against a stone and print off an awesome edition of smooshed face images? Utilizing safe, easily-obtainable substances such as soap, petroleum jelly, and makeup, Morgan Price will demonstrate a process that utilizes the subtle characteristics of skin while combining with traditional mark-making tools, and leaving precise impressions on the stone surface.

Demo Session 2: “Silkscreen Project with John Whitesell and Student Participants”

11:00 am ‐ 12:30 pm Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

This silkscreen project continues through the day. This project will involve multiple techniques that can be applied to screen printing such as digital processes, relief printing, collage, and ink jet. The silkscreen medium easily accommodates larger format print, collage and ink jet.

Demo Session 2: “Maneuvering Dimensional Prints” with Victoria Tasch and Christine Style

11:00 am ‐ 12:30 pm Schneider Hall, Bookbinding Studio, LL14

Interactive, hands-on event for conference attendees to create one or more dimensional print work samples using recycled prints. Learn strategies for designing an intentional dimensional print and ways to fold, cut, glue and bend prints in a variety of ways.

Lunch

12:00 ‐ 1:15 pm Cafeteria and area restaurants

Panel Sessions 2: "Down the Rabbit Hole: A Printmaking Phenomenology", with Abbey Kleinert, Tzvi Izaksonas, Anna Tararova and Ericka Walker

1:15 ‐ 3:15 pm Humanities Auditorium, room 100

As visual communication becomes increasingly mediated by screen‐based technologies, what motivates a person to create something by hand and what are the intellectual and cognitive results of that process? The panel will share qualitative research that looks at the phenomenon of hands‐on making through the lens of printmakers. The research presented describes the knowledge of printmakers and introduces a model for the intellectual processes of hand-making. It compares and analyzes the lived experiences of printmakers and uses creativity theory and cognitive science to describe how printmakers think. Panelists will discuss their own processes and experiences in response to research findings and weigh in on the implications of the study - that the process of making can be considered a research methodology or mode of education.

Panel Sessions 2: “Futures in the Present: Printmaking and the Quest for Democracy in Poland”, Endi Poskovic and Aleksandra Janik

1:15 ‐ 3:15 pm Speed Cinema

This joint presentation by American artist and educator Endi Poskovic and Polish artist and educator Aleksandra Janik will examine the period of the 1960s in Poland, during which artists and educators organized invitational and juried exhibitions of prints as a way to define the necessary framework for transformative political process and democratic reforms, which are to come much later in the larger political arena. With this in mind, the panelists will contextualize the existing political and cultural climate both in Poland and throughout Europe, and attempt to draw parallels between the current tendencies in printmaking and how they may relate to the activities of 50 years earlier.

Demo Sessions 3: “Intaglio Printmaking with Glass,” Sarojini Johnson

1:00 ‐ 2:30 pm Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

This demonstration will show how to etch plate glass and use it as a printmaking matrix for intaglio with a hard ground and glass etching cream found at hobby stores.

Demo Sessions 3: “Print‐‐Based Casts: Trans‐‐Dimensional from Plate to Object” with Hye Young Shin

1:00 ‐ 2:30 pm Schneider Hall, Papermaking Studio, LL23

Printmakers constantly investigate printmaking methods to stretch traditions into contemporary contexts. Undoubtedly, many evolutions are made during the DIY process, as well as those that cross multidisciplinary boundaries among media. This hands ‐on demonstration of how to make small print ‐based, three‐ dimensional cast objects in paper and plaster will share the surprising details of etched lines and carved images expose extra dimensionality onto the surface of cast materials.

Overview of Visual Resource Collection with John Begley, (Session 3 of 5)

1:30 ‐ 2:30 pm Lutz Hall

A guided tour of the University of Louisville's Visual Resource Center and an overview of the print collection.

Overview of Visual Resource Collection with John Begley, (Session 4 of 5)

2:30 ‐ 3:30 pm Lutz Hall

A guided tour of the University of Louisville's Visual Resource Center and an overview of the print collection.

Demo Session 4: The ‘New Solarplates’ with Dan Welden

3:00 ‐ 4:30 pm Schneider Hall, Printmaking Studio, LL01

Dan Welden, a pioneer of the alternative polymer printmaking techniques, will demonstrate and explain the new ’safer’ Solarplate process. He will demonstrate processing and printing with his simple approach using unique and original methods of inking and printing.

Demo Session 4: “The Great Baren Challenge” with Matt Bagley and Sharon Neel‐Bagley

3:00 ‐ 4:30 pm Schneider Hall, Bookbinding Studio, LL14

In this demo, Iron Frog Press claims its Print Frog® is the best baren available. Printmakers will have the opportunity to compare different styles of barens side by side and decide for themselves.

“FRANKENPRINT” with Anita Jung, Iowa Print Group, and University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students and alumni

3:00 ‐ 5:00 pm KNOBVIEW HALL LOBBY

A community art project giveaway that the University of Iowa student print group periodically does at various events with the public. The project is based upon the surrealist parlor game commonly called the exquisite corpse. Participants choose a “head,” a “body,” and “feet,” which is printed upon their choice of digitally printed backgrounds. The project is designed to introduce and educate the public about fine art printmaking.

Panel Session 3: “Becoming Made”, A Film and Presentation by Mary Brodbeck

3:30 ‐ 5:00 pm Strickler Hall, room 102

In 2011, woodblock printmaker Mary Brodbeck picked up a new tool – a video camera –and for the next three years, found herself immersed in the process of filmmaking. Envisioned to be a how/why film, “Becoming Made” resulted as an award winning 35‐minute documentary – illustrating the hands‐on printmaking process of mokuhanga while making inquiries into the nature of creative fulfillment.

Panel Session 3: “Site as Matter: Printmaking and Site Building” with Taryn McMahon, Jessica Caponigro, Breanne Trammell, and Kristina Paabus

3:30 ‐ 5:30 pm Strickler Hall, room 101

When building a project on‐site, the artist must remain flexible and in the moment – open to the unexpected and willing to collaborate with external forces inherent to the location such as the local community, weather, or process. “Site‐specific” has come to encompass a wide range of artists and working methods – what does it mean to create site‐specific work and how is it defined today? By getting off the screen and often off the gallery wall, these artists weave their artworks into larger artistic and cultural concerns of placemaking, performance, and social practice. This panel will bring together 3 interdisciplinary artists to discuss their historic and contemporary influences in relationship to their site‐specific projects. Each artist will speak to how s/he collaborates with sites, and sometimes local communities, to create projects that are inextricably tied to their environment and locational identity.

Overview of Visual Resource Collection with John Begley (Session 5 of 5)

3:30 ‐ 4:30 pm Lutz Hall

When building a project on‐site, the artist must remain flexible and in the moment – open to the unexpected and willing to collaborate with external forces inherent to the location such as the local community, weather, or process. “Site‐specific” has come to encompass a wide range of artists and working methods – what does it mean to create site‐specific work and how is it defined today? By getting off the screen and often off the gallery wall, these artists weave their artworks into larger artistic and cultural concerns of placemaking, performance, and social practice. This panel will bring together 3 interdisciplinary artists to discuss their historic and contemporary influences in relationship to their site‐specific projects. Each artist will speak to how s/he collaborates with sites, and sometimes local communities, to create projects that are inextricably tied to their environment and locational identity.

Demo Session 4: “Printing with Glass” with Hayden Wilson

7:00 ‐ 8:30 pm Cressman Center, (100 East Main Street, Louisville, KY)

Hayden Wilson will demonstrate the process of powder printing onto glass. This screen printing process uses colored glass powder to create 3 dimensional transparent and opaque images in glass. This demonstration will explore how printing can be applied using hot glass techniques to create a 3 dimensional work of art.

Friday, October 7th: Evening Events

Various locations, downtown Louisville, KY and surrounding areas

Exhibition Receptions:

“Interventions: Re‐Framing the Printed Image,” curated by Susanna Crum

8:00 ‐ 10:00 pm 21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

For centuries, prints have been a means to illustrate, define, and share scientific findings, political ideologies, and cultural norms. In Interventions: Re‐framing the printed image, contemporary artists appropriate, intervene upon, and reinvent printed images to reveal new interpretations of their impact and agency in our times.
Note: please remember to buy a ticket, which includes a drink token, when you register for the conference!

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"Mentors & Friends: Midwest Printmakers' Networks", curated by John Begley and John Whitesell

4:30 ‐ 6:00 pm Schneider Hall Galleries: Belknap Gallery, University of Louisville

A few years ago, artist/printmaker, Susan Goldman, created a project titled “Midwest Matrix” to begin to document and preserve the history of post-WWII printmaking in the Midwest. In the same post-WWII period, the University of Louisville established the Hite Art Institute and with the support provided the generous endowment provided by Allen and Marcia Hite aggressively began to expand its teaching collection of works on paper, particularly prints. It quickly tapped into the forming network of institutions teaching and exhibiting prints. “Mentors and & Friends” surveys and examines this Midwestern printmaking community as seen through its collection.

"Steven Sorman: What Sticks to the Wall", curated by John Begley and John Whitesell

4:30 ‐ 6:00 pm Schneider Hall Galleries: Gallery X, University of Louisville

Noted painter/printmaker Steven Sorman was an invited artist in Indiana University’s Echo Press several times in the mid-1980’s and early 90’s. During these visits in collaboration with master printer, David Keister, he created a number of remarkable editions. In 2013, Rudy Pozzatti, retired managing director of the now closed press, donated his impressions of the Sorman prints completed during these residencies to the Hite Art Institute’s art collection. The Hite Art Institute presents “Steven Sorman: What Sticks to the Wall” an exhibition that is a grateful acknowledgement of the Pozzatti gift both as an historical reminder and contemporary challenge to Mid-America Print Conference regarding the importance of creative endeavor that expands possibility of personal expression.

“Extended Family,” curated by Matthew Batty, Andrew Trusler, and Autumn Wright

5:00 ‐ 7:00 pm 849 Gallery, Kentucky College of Art and Design, 849 South Third Street Louisville, KY 40203

Since its inception, printmaking has been an important means of communication through visual information. Although life, technology, and the concept of the print have greatly changed, printmaking continues to carry traditions of collaboration and community, in the ever‐growing post‐digital world of the 21st century. We are inviting national and international artists pulled from our chosen “extended family networks” to join us in exploring what a print is in the post‐digital age.

“Tactility: Imprints and Traces,” curated by Deborah Cornell

5:00 - 8:00 pm Art Sanctuary, 1433 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217

The print links a focused action of marking, an imprint or commentary, with the traces that the action leaves behind on material surfaces. The impression is the lasting effect – the indelible evidence that can be read by others not present. Inspired by the “readings” of science and the systems around us, this exhibition presents works by Deborah Cornell and Barbara Putnam that examine the active human imprint on the tactile environment, and the traces it leaves. The exhibit will include digital prints on paper, cloth or transparency, and relief prints on fabric and paper.

“Signs and Signifiers,” curated by Nick Ruth

5:00 - 7:00 pm McGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Among the most persistent forms of printed matter in the public sphere, signage may well be king of the mountain. The artists in this exhibition use both traditional and innovative approaches to printmaking to explore the ways in which printed signage in its various forms reflects the values of a consumerist society, physically dominating the built environment, conferring authenticity and authority, codifying desirability, and blurring the lines between the personal, the economic and the political.

"Hybrid Printmakers: Post-Digital Printmaking Processes" Dana Potter, Jenny Harp, and Elise Hanson

6:00 - 9:00 pm First Build, 333 E. Brandeis Ave. Louisville, KY 40208

Traditional printmaking is process-oriented. It relies on a series of intricate steps carried out by a printmaker to create an image. Similarly, computer-incorporated creation relies on preset methodologies from a computer for output. In their artwork, these three emerging artists undertake complex processes to combine both print and digital technologies. Each artist walks the line between what is purely mechanical and what is innately human.

“Crystal Editions: An Intersection of Glass and Printmaking,” co-curated with Calliope Arts Printmaking Studio

6:00 - 9:00 pm Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery, 815 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

This exhibition features work by Johnny Gordon, Brandon Smith, Devin French, Brad Vetter, and Hayden Wilson. The exhibit will portray a variety of printmaking applications on glass including powder print on blown glass, screen printing with glass paints and silver stains, and stenciled frit fired onto glass.

“Small, Medium, and Large: Prints by Frankfort Crossings Printmakers and Friends”

4:00 - 10:00 pm Frankfort Crossings Studios, 2132 Frankfort Avenue, 40206

Artists are exploring the printmaking medium with new enthusiasm and creativity. In this exhibition, the studio artists of Frankfort Crossings bring together a group of established and emerging artists who use printmaking in their work and would like to exhibit their work in a studio setting.

“Making Matter" University of Louisville Alumni Printmakers

5:00 - 7:00 pm Galerie Hertz, 1253 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40203

The show will feature current students and recent graduates from the University of Louisville's Printmaking Program. The time and dedication that these artists put into their work helps prove that “Print Matters, Printing Matters.”

“Of the North,” curated by Robert Erickson

6:00 - 9:00 pm Green Building Gallery, 732 East Market Street, Third Floor, Louisville 40202

Of the North is an exhibition of six artists from the United States and the United Kingdom. Their work embodies a strong sense of place through their curiosity and understanding of how concepts associated with “the north” have shaped their lives and artwork. To view their journey is important to all of us in the printmaking community and especially true for younger artists whose path is only beginning.

“Her Hair,” curated by Shelley Gipson

6:00 - 9:00 pm Huff Gallery, Spalding University, 853 Library Lane, Louisville, KY 40203

This exhibition includes artists whose studio practice includes the use of hair as a physical component or thematic exploration. Hair as a representation of the feminine has been used as a symbol of identity, freedom, and class. It is both a symbol and a material connected to contemporary feminist practice. Whether a representation of physical identity, cultural costume, political narrative, scientific exploration of genetics, or familial connection, these artists use hair to create sensuous surfaces, veils and textures that call attention to the human condition.

“Then and Now,” curated by Ed Bernstein

5:00 - 8:00 pm Jefferson Community & Technical College - Krantz Art Gallery, 116, Chestnut Hall, 110 W. Chestnut St., Louisville KY 40202

Then and Now is an exhibition of nine senior artists almost or recently retired from teaching showing one recent print and another created during mid-career. All have had major careers in the field. It will show how their work has changed in perhaps in 15- 20 years for each artist, both visually and technically, as our field and the world have been so dramatically transformed. They truly demonstrate that print matters.

“PRINT/MAKING”

5:00 - 9:00 pm Paul Paletti Gallery, 713 E Market Street Louisville, KY 40202

Presented in conjunction with the Mid America Print Council Conference, the University of Louisville and IU Southeast, this exhibit explores the use of photographic processes and imagery in traditional printmaking media such as intaglio, lithography, and screen printing.

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