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                      Call for Participation

                      Paper Politics (West)
                      A Show of Socially Engaged Printmaking
                      to be held in April 2005 at
                      Phinney Neighborhood Community Center
                      6532 Phinney Avenue North
                      Seattle, WA 98103

Entry Deadline:                 January 15th, 2005
Notification of Acceptance:     Early February 2005
Work Sent By:                           March 1st, 2005
Opening Reception:              Friday, April 1st, 2005, 7-9 PM
Exhibit Dates:                           April 1st - 29th, 2005

In April 2005, Seattle Print Arts will hold a juried exhibit of socially engaged printmaking at Seattle's Phinney Neighborhood Community Center. The exhibit will showcase print art which uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation. Because of its accessibility and reproducibility, print art has long been used by activists as a communication tool in struggles for freedom and social equality. The bold graphic qualities made possible by printmaking techniques are used to communicate with and educate broad audiences all over the world.

Artists of all experience levels and backgrounds are encouraged to  submit
work.   We hope to showcase work by over one hundred artists,  and we look
forward to your participation.

JUROR: The exhibit will be juried by Josh MacPhee, an artist and  activist
based in Chicago.  MacPhee recently curated "Paper Politics,"  an extremely
successful political printmaking show in Chicago which   showcased over 250
prints from over 60 artists.  He is the author of  the recently published
"Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street  Stencil," on Soft Skull Press.

MEDIA INCLUDED: "Print art" featured in this exhibit can
include  monotypes, silkscreen, letterpress, stenciling, etching, block
prints,  hand-processed photo prints, or any kind of printing on paper
that  retains some evidence of the human hand.  Digital prints will
be  accepted if the medium is used in combination with a
traditional  technique.

SIZE: The maximum size of prints for this exhibition is 24" x 36".


By email: Submit images of your prints via email to
both  josh(at)justseeds.org and to Seattle Print Arts
at  paperpolitics(at)seattleprintarts.org. Jpeg files are
preferable;  please make sure that the image is high enough quality that we
can get  a good idea of what the actual print looks like.

By mail: If you do not have access to a means of sending digital  images,
you can send prints or slides to: Josh MacPhee, P O Box 476971,  Chicago,
IL 60647 USA

Please include your name and contact information, and indicate the  title,
medium, and size of the print(s) submitted.   Only one print per  artist
selected will be included; however, feel free to submit several  images for
us to choose from.   Include a self-addressed stamped  envelope if you
would like your prints or slides returned.

ENTRY FEE: Only artists selected for the show will be asked to pay a  fee.
Entry for the show is free, but artists whose work is chosen will  pay $15
to help produce a catalog and defray other expenses.

FRAMING: Work will be presented unframed; please do not submit framed  work
if your work is selected.

SALE OF PRINTS/PRICING: Artists who wish to offer their work for sale  may
send one or more prints from an edition of the work selected to be  sold at
the exhibition.  In keeping with our theme of accessibility of  the work,
we ask that the price of prints for sale not exceed $200.


Seattle Print Arts (http://www.seattleprintarts.org) is the
Northwest's  most active association of artists, arts professionals, and
collectors  with an interest in print arts.  Founded in 1999 and
currently  numbering over 200 members, Seattle Print Arts has organized
several  local and international exhibits and exchanges, as well as
symposia,  lectures and printmaking demonstrations.  The organization
sponsors two  printmaking scholarships as well as a Visiting Artist series
at  Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center.  Seattle Print Arts is a
member  organization of the American Print Alliance.


Joseph Pentheroudakis                                   Josh MacPhee
Seattle Print Arts                                              P O Box 476971
3405 S Dearborn                                         Chicago IL 60647 USA
Seattle WA 98144 USA                                    josh(at)justseeds.org
(206) 860-7535

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