Pressing Matters: Printmaking and Artists' Books

Exhibits // Pressing Matters: Printmaking and Artists' Books

Oct 7 - Nov 13

Overview // In conjunction with Central Coast Printmakers, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Pressing Matters, a juried print exhibition open to artists in California, Oregon, and Washington. The original prints and artists' books will be on view in the Gray Wing from October 7 – November 13, 2016.

This juried exhibition showcases the twin disciplines of fine art original prints and artists’ books. Artists were challenged to utilize traditional printmaking processes to comment on contemporary issues. This compelling amalgamation invites viewers to witness how artists convey substantial social topics. Using serigraphy, letterpress, collagraphy, etching, woodcut, lithography, linocut, drypoint, mezzotint, monoprint, and solar plates, these works are both beautiful and significant.

Central Coast Printmakers are pleased to award a total of $1,500 in cash prizes. Both disciplines will receive a Juror’s Award of $500 and two Honorable Mention Awards of $125 will be selected.

This year’s exhibition juror, Archana Horsting is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of KALA Art Institute and Gallery in Berkeley, California. Archana Horsting studied at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz and spent many years abroad. She attended the University of Padua as well as the Venice Art Academy in Italy. After graduating, she worked as an apprentice to a sculptor in Italy and studied at Atelier 17, a workshop in Paris started by Stanley William Hayter, where she focused on printmaking.

Details // A members-only juror talk will take place at 5 PM on Friday, October 7, followed by a public reception and awards ceremony with the artists from 6–9 PM in conjunction with Art After Dark.

Related Programming
Oct 6, 12PM: Art at High Noon lecture with California prints collector Steven Andrews. Free entry. Bring your lunch!

Oct 8, 12–2 PM: Printmaker Pam Wendel will host a demonstration of a working printing press in the Gray Wing. Free and open to the public, all ages.

Oct 22, 12–2PM: Printmaker Debbie Hoffnagle will host a family art activity, DIY Relief Prints. Free and open to the public, all ages.


Banner image (left to right): Coyote Breath, Holli Harmon, Monoprint; Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, Felicia Rice, Letterpress.

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