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[BKARTS] Call for entries from the American Print Alliance
The American Print Alliance is a non-profit consortium of printmakers’ councils, serving about 6,000 artists across the United States and Canada. The Alliance promotes traditional and experimental printmaking by sponsoring national and international projects including Print Dialogue Days, traveling exhibitions, our beautifully-designed website and provocative journal.
Enter your prints, paperworks and artists' books in our new traveling exhibition, Soap Box Prints 2: Prints, Politics & Democracy. Show how prints express the rights and responsibilities of democracy and inspire people to defend freedoms, serve in elected office, vote, demonstrate and take part in political life. The exhibition itself will demonstrate that prints can be an influential part of the democratic process. Read the prospectus (there’s a click-on from our home page, www.PrintAlliance.org) and plan to show your work — and show the world how printmakers advocate for democracy.
The Alliance has so far organized eight exhibitions, showing a total of 824 different prints, paperworks and artists’ books at 57 venues. Our Memorial Portfolio has had a tremendous effect on thousands and thousands of people, and our first Soap Box portfolio (currently traveling) is extraordinary, an outpouring of concern for our environment. Besides colleges, universities and museums, we are pleased to have shown at places naturally welcoming to the general public: neighborhood centers, arts councils, a city hall, shopping mall, magnet high school, book store and even a winery.
Soap Box Prints 2 will travel for two to three years after opening during our 2008 Print Dialogue Days, so save the dates September 25-27 to join us at the Atlanta campus of SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). There will be student participatory events on Thursday and an open house at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio. Friday includes behind-the-scenes at the High Museum's Print Room, technical demonstrations and gallery receptions. Then on Saturday we'll have our speakers, panel discussions and open portfolios. Everyone is invited to help create a closer sense of community.
Meanwhile, you can take part in the dialogue by subscribing to our journal and receiving all the benefits that the Alliance offers. Contemporary IMPRESSIONS, now in our 16th year of publication, is the only American journal devoted entirely to critical writing about contemporary print arts; it’s not a newsletter or art market report. We are proud to count hundreds of schools, museums and libraries among our subscribers. The journal emphasizes printmaking’s conceptual role in contemporary art. You'll get two inspiring issues devoted entirely (32 pages without advertising) to idea-filled essays and articles, interviews, exhibition and book reviews. We talk about the content and context that make print arts the most exciting contemporary expression. The Spring 2008 issue is running very late, but will include articles by Althea Murphy-Price, Bob Tomolillo, Peter MacWhirter, Bill Hosterman and a special surprise political print by Art Hazelwood. The gift print for 2008, an etching by Yuji Hiratsuka, will be mailed with the Fall issue.
The journal itself serves a major function in our goal of promoting printmaking by talking about the most significant ideas in art and society, and it is our major source of funding. Our website at www.PrintAlliance.org has online exhibits, information on copyright and print disclosure law, print study rooms, a bibliography, index to our journal & more. Most of the site is available to everyone, but some sections require a subscriber’s password. One of the best benefits for getting your own work "out there," your password opens the popular online list of Competitive Print Exhibitions. Subscribers are also invited to show a print, paperwork or artist's book in our online Print Bin for free.
And the Alliance has just become a Benefits Affiliate with Freelancers Union, providing access to group-rate and individual health, dental, life and disability insurance -- with a waiver of the $40 insurance application fee, thanks to this new partnership! (Note: You must be a current subscriber to Contemporary Impressions or member of an allied council for your insurance application fee to be waived.) Look for the link on our homepage.
We’re working hard to strengthen our community and show the world the diversity and extraordinary quality of original prints. You can help printmaking and yourself! A subscription to Contemporary IMPRESSIONS is still only about a dime a day, even less if you’re a member of one of our Alliance councils (and only about four cents a day for full-time students). Here is a direct link to the subscription form: http://www.printalliance.org/alliance/al_subform.html.
We look forward to providing even more resources and exhibition opportunities in 2008, to help you bring your artwork to its fullest potential.
Carol Pulin, director
American Print Alliance
non-profit consortium of printmakers' councils
302 Larkspur Turn, Peachtree City GA 30269
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