This print exchange asks artists to respond to events of the past year and to predict their vision of the coming year. We often assign personalities and individualistic attributes to years, and the general consensus is that 2020 was a monster. But are the events of 2020 confined to a year’s span of bad luck, or will issues evident this year, including, but not limited to, institutional racism, environmental disasters, and a global pandemic only continue to progress? How does the artist find hope and comfort amongst all the anxiety?
We want artists to answer these ponderings and provide their perspectives on current times. With this exchange, the artist should grapple with feelings of futility but also provide insight as to how they find solace. Works can address current events or personal experiences of the past year, but should all provide an individual take.
Submission Requirements: A $40 fee is required to cover the costs of shipping and packaging, as well as an archival box for the edition. The paper size will be 11×14. Artists will create an edition of 20. Artists will receive a collated edition of 18 prints. This exchange will enter the permanent collection at Midwestern State University, as well as another pending institution.
Works are open to any traditional print media, but no digital reproductions. We ask artists to consider including elements of mixed media and/or collage in their works. Varied editions are acceptable.
I am looking for 17 artists. Prospective participants should email Andi Newberry (email@example.com) with 2-3 past works in printmaking and/or a sketch for “What a Time to be Alive?”. The deadline for submissions is February 12th! I’m looking forward to having open conversations about your concepts, ideas, and progress for this exchange!