2022 DELTA NATIONAL SMALL PRINTS EXHIBITION Juried by Miranda Metcalf
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 5:00PM - BRADBURY ART MUSEUM, ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, JONESBORO, AR Open to Public: FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 30, 2022
Founded in 1996 by Evan Lindquist, the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition has received great acclaim as it has grown to be one of the country’s foremost annual competitions for prints.
The Delta National Small Prints Exhibition was created with students in mind. It is meant to be a resource for printmaking students and instructors to view and assess contemporary standards of printmaking as they develop over time. This creates an environment for learning opportunities and creative thinking, promoting new ideas which stretch the limits of the medium. In addition, it is an outreach program which serves as a resource for the region, bringing attention to printmaking as a medium but also sharing the variety of stories told by each individual piece.
There are few restrictions to the eligibility of this renowned print competition. Photographs are allowed in addition to prints as a means of giving the image priority over the technique. Unusual approaches are encouraged - unique impressions and digital imagery that are historically excluded from print exhibitions. This allows and encourages artists to push the limits of printmaking and creatively express themselves in new and revolutionary ways.
The range of images shown in DNSPE represents the spectrum of contemporary printmaking. Many artists work with traditional materials that require meticulous precision such as wood and metal engravings. On the opposite side of the print spectrum, the digital and technological influence of photographic processes and digitized images presents itself more each year.
"Undocumented" Print by Carlos Barberena selected by juror Miranda Metcalf for the DNSPE 2022
Each year, a juror reviews all submissions and selects which ones will be exhibited. The juror for DNSPE 2022 will be Miranda Metcalf, the founder and host of Hello, Print Friend – a contemporary printmaking podcast. With an archive of over 100 episodes with artists and print advocates from over 20 countries on 6 continents, Hello, Print Friend is the most extensive archive of interviews from the print world on the internet. Miranda planted the seeds for her love of printmaking with five years as director of Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Washington, before moving to Sydney, Australia, and working with Cicada Press.
All jurors seem to agree on one fact, that the selection process is very difficult. Looking at hundreds of prints and narrowing the selection down to 55-60 in a few days is no subtle undertaking. Jurors continuously comment on the wide variety of techniques and imagery from both emerging and established artists who create an overview of what is happening technically and conceptually across the nation.
The original concept of DNSPE was developed around a dream to make Jonesboro, Arkansas an epicenter for art and culture. This has proven true in the growth of our significant collection of contemporary prints from around the world. As part of the exhibition, BAM strives to give back to the artists who contribute to this exemplary exhibition by purchasing a large portion of the show to add to their permanent collection, but it would not be possible without the support of the amazing group of community members who provide purchase prizes and exhibition support each year. Viewing hours are Tue-Sat 12PM-5PM. For more information about Bradbury Art Museum or to learn how you can support future exhibitions, please call (870) 972-3687.
Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Carlos Barberena Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Artist / Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago. Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and the United States of America. His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centers and Universities around the world.
All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:30 p.m. CT Free Virtual Event: The UWM community and general public are welcome to view the event livestream via Zoom. A recording of the lecture will also be available online 24 hours after each event. Zoom login info for the Spring 2021 Artists Now! series: Join Zoom Meeting: https://wisconsin-edu.zoom.us/j/5173175108pwd=SldvTmNpZmIvVVF1azNib0JjUlNtZz09 Meeting ID: 517 317 5108 Passcode: 974465 One tap mobile +13126266799,,5173175108#,,,,*974465# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,5173175108#,,,,*974465# US (New York)
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 4 – 6 PM ON VIEW: At Overture Galleries: Gallery III – January 25 – April 17, 2022 Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St. Madison, WI 53703-2214 Southern Graphic Council International SGCI Conference: March 16–19, 2022 SGCI Our Shared Future printmaking conference is a call to artists to consider how our studio practice makes culture and knowledge visible through socially engaged graphic arts of the past, present and future. Printmaking can deepen our understanding of the world, inherently challenge systems of oppression and can push against histories of colonization, unwarranted violence and systemic racism. Artists share in the responsibility to shape our future. Overture Center is proud to join the Our Shared Future conference and UW–Madison in our commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin.
"THE CONTEMPORARY PRINT"Juried by John Hitchcock OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 7:00PM - 10:00PM ON VIEW: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY JANUARY 15 – FEBRUARY 15, 2022 BIG MEDIUM 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 Austin, TX 78702 Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday: 12 - 6 PM - By Appointment Only - To allow for social distancing, appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, with a maximum of 10 guests at a time. Scroll down to schedule an appointment with at least 24 hours advance notice. - Masks are required at all times -. Reserve your spot HERE. (512) 939-6665 / email@example.com
Carlos Barberena, "Undocumented" 2020, Linocut on Shopping Bag, 24" x 18"
The Contemporary Print is PrintAustin’s annual juried exhibition and features an independent survey of the traditions and innovations of contemporary printmaking. We are thrilled to partner with Big Medium for this year’s exhibition, as well as welcome selections by our juror, John Hitchcock, Professor and Associate Dean of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Works in The Contemporary Print demonstrate the dynamic and fluid nature of printmaking happening today, offering distinct styles and techniques that give way for diverse narratives. While some artists find inspiration in their experiences of identity, immigration, and the human condition, others focus on a technical dialogue, drawing from their individual practice in other mediums as it translates into the printmaking language. While non-traditional or digital output is accepted as a print element, submissions must utilize traditional print media as their primary technique, including lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, and monotype. ARTISTS Richard Ricky Armendariz, Carlos Barberena, Michael Barnes, Mary Becker, Stephanie Berrie, Matthew Bindert, Sarah Bogdal, Raj Bunnag, Kyle Chaput, Jennifer Clarke, Briar Craig, Andrew DeCaen, John Dobbie, Sarah Drummond, Stefanie Dykes, Juana Estrada Hernandez, Craig Fisher, J. Leigh Garcia, Keith Garubba, Bob Goldstein, Jon Greene, Jayne Reid Jackson, Wesley Kramer, Lauren Kussro, Sophia Larsen, Andrew Lawson, Jun Lee, Beauvais Lyons, Benjamin Moreau, Steven Munoz, Edie Overturf, Tatiana Potts, Catherine Prose, Lars Roeder, Debrah Santini, Chadwick Tolley, Lisa Turner, Terry Vatrt, Brandon Williams.
About the Juror John Hitchcock (he/him,/his) — Hitchcock is a Professor and Associate Dean of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he has taught printmaking for twenty years. Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of commenting on social and political issues to explore his relationships to community, land, and culture. Hitchcock’s artwork consists of abstract representations, mythological hybrid creatures, and military weaponry. His artworks are based on his childhood memories and stories of growing up in Oklahoma. Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land, and culture. Hitchcock has made prints with MATRIX Press, Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio at Plains Art Museum, and this summer with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.
For The Contemporary Printprogramming, events and information visit printaustin.org Evening appointments are available through PrintAustin on January 14, January 21, and February 10, 7-10pm. Reserve your spot HERE.
9TH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION Carlos Barberena: BAC Second Prize Winner
"ESSENTIAL" - For Your Colonizer Comfort - (Detail) Linocut by Carlos Barberena
"SECOND PRIZE WINNER" - "9TH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION"Curated by Yaoundé Olu & Jeff HIRST OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 21ST, 8:00PM - 10:00PM ON VIEW: MAY 21 – JULY 2, 2021 BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER 1200 W 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609
Second Prize Winner - BAC Art Competition
I am very excited to share with you this great news, I won the Second Prize in the "9th Annual Art Competition" at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Jurors Dr. Yaoundé Olu & Jeffrey Hirst selected my linocut print "ESSENTIAL" to receive this Award. I would like to thanks to the Bridgeport Art Center and its staff for putting together this great show and congrats to all the participants. Exhibition is open to Public from May 21-July 2, 2021 - Mask required - Take care, stay healthy and be kind Carlos Barberena
Puntos de Encuentro / Franky Piña / Sandra Dávila... Carlos Barberena es una chingonería de artista, es un impresor nicaragüense contemporáneo conocido por sus grabados en relieve satírico y el uso de imágenes de la cultura pop, así como de tragedias políticas y culturales. Crea para contrarrestar el gran silencio en torno a la represión que ocurre globalmente. Crea para concientizarnos de la interconexión entre las injusticias sociales, políticas, económicas y ambientales. Barberena ha expuesto individualmente en Costa Rica, Estonia, Francia, México, Nicaragua, España y Estados Unidos, su trabajo también ha sido expuesto en bienales de arte, museos, galerías y centros culturales por muchos rincones del mundo y ha recibido varios premios. La obra de Barberena está incluida en numerosas colecciones públicas y privadas. Actualmente Barberena vive y trabaja en Chicago.
*Franky Piña / Chicago Mientras mi pulgar se desliza dócilmente sobre la pantalla de mi esmartfon, comienza a brotar la ilustración de un trabajador esencial excepcionalmente grabado. La figura es reconocible; la conforman millones y millones de puntos cromáticos que se proyectan en la pantalla de cristal líquido y trazan un trabajador del campo estadounidense en esta nueva era de Acuario y de Covid-19. La forma prodigiosa y el contenido punzante hacen de una propuesta conceptual una obra maestra del grabador Carlos Barberena.
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag. 2020
La pieza de arte se titula “Essential — For Your Colonizer Comfort”. Mi reacción primera es de consumidora compulsiva, mas insurrecta. Comprarla para regalo fue mi impulso (“sólo podemos dar lo que ya hemos dado” subrayó el poeta Borges), el mensaje visual es agudo, un verdadero chingadazo de realidad: un cuerpo de mujer o de hombre cubierto con un paliacate que hace las veces de cubre bocas, quizá sea para protegerse de los pesticidas o acaso sea para protegerse del inmundo virus. Su postura erguida cargando una cubeta con calabazas evoca a esas miles de fotografías que por décadas hemos visto de los trabajadores inmigrantes en los campos de California, Florida, Washington, Michigan y entonces no nos decían mucho. We took them for granted!
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag 2020
Hoy a esos trabajadores se les denomina oficialmente “esenciales” aunque su salario siga siendo miserable y las condiciones laborales sigan siendo indignas. Me queda claro que sin el trabajo áspero de sus manos y la extenuación del trabajador inmigrante, Estados Unidos no hubiera sobrevivido la pandemia. ¿Quién está dispuesto a dejar el confort del sofá y abandonar el confinamiento para irse al campo a cosechar la naranja, el jitomate, el brócoli, la arúgula y los micro cultivos para ensaladas de productos orgánicos 100 por ciento verificados?
El Maestro Barberena lleva por lo menos tres décadas trabajando con el tema de la migración, lo hizo en Costa Rica cuando emigró de Nicaragua, 1986, y lo ha hecho en Estados Unidos desde que emigró a Washington en 2008. Ya en Chicago realizó tres grabados memorables sobre el mismo tema: Los refugiados (2010), Santo Pollero (2011) y Riding the Beast (2011).
Essential Worker by Carlos Barberena. Linocut on Shopping Bag 2020
La técnica es de factura impecable y ahora en la serie “Essential — For Your Colonizer Comfort” la calidad no podía ser menor. La obra de Barberena desconoce la involución y su temática es la del demiurgo del buril que sabe llevar el pulso del momento histórico y político que le ha tocado vivir. Así que retoma al trabajador del campo y lo reviste de dignidad, y lo coloca en el centro de la contemplación y la reflexión.
Le arrebata a “los nobles” los atributos simbólicos del retrato de los poderosos: la aristocracia y el clero, y se lo otorga a los trabajadores más expuestos al abuso y a la esclavitud moderna: el trabajador agrícola, el empacador, el estibador. Con motivos floripondiosos y barrocos honra a estos nuevos personajes esenciales en cualquier campo de cultivo, en cualquier punto del orbe. A través de estas magníficas impresiones en bolsas para el mandado elaboradas con papel de grabado, BFK Rives, el artista nos invita a deconstruir el concepto esencial y descolonizar nuestro pensamiento para en verdad observar, reconocer y respetar el trabajo y la vida de aquellas trabajadoras y trabajadores que con su labor hacen posible que en nuestra mesa no falte un alimento digno esta noche.
*FRANKY PIÑAes gestora cultural, activista por los derechos de la comunidad transgénero, escritora apasionada del arte y directora editorial de El BeiSMan. En Chicago, ha sido cofundadora de revistas literarias como Fe de erratas, zorros y erizos, Tropel y contratiempo. Es coautora del libro Rudy Lozano: His Life, His People (1991). Participó en las antologías Voces en el viento: Nuevas ficciones desde Chicago (1999) y Se habla español: Voces latinas en USA (2000). Ha editado varios catálogos de arte: Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz: Sculpture (2014), Barberena: Master Prints (2016) Raya: The Fetish of Pain (2017), Wolfram: We Are Capable People (2019), entre otros.
About this Event: "POSADA: The Godfather of Latin American Printmaking" José Guadalupe Posada(1852-1913) was a Mexican Printmaker and illustrator known for his satirical and socio-political prints and cartoons. His more critical work shows us the social injustices and inequality during the Porfiriato (1876-1911) but also he illustrated with mastery the spirit and everyday life of the Mexican People. One of his well-known satirical prints is “La Calavera Garbancera or La Catrina”, a print that has become an icon during the celebration of el Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead. In this presentation Barberena will be talking about Posada’s legacy and how his social-political work has influenced artists in Mexico and Latin America until this day. About the Artist: Carlos Barberena (b.1972) is a contemporary Nicaraguan self-taught Printmaker best known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Universities and Cultural Centers. He has received various awards, most notably the “National Printmaking Award 2012” given by the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture. Barberena’s work is included in numerous public and private collections. Currently Barberena lives and works in Chicago.
AAHVS Visiting Artist Series Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Carlos Barberena (b.1972) is a Nicaraguan self-taught printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago. Barberena is known for his satirical relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. He has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and the USA. His work also has been shown in art biennials, museums, galleries and cultural centers around the world.
Open to the public. To join this Zoom meeting please RSVP to Bill Fick - firstname.lastname@example.org (RSVP must be received by 10/27) Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
"IMMIGRANTS SONGS: Five Contemporary Immigrant Artists"
"IMMIGRANTS SONGS: Five Immigrant Artists" OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 6:00PM - 8:30PM. ON VIEW: MARCH 5 – APRIL 4, 2020. FREDERICK HOLMES - GALLERY OF MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART 309 Occidental Ave S (in Occidental Square) Seattle, WA. 98104
ARTISTS: Filmon Adelehey / Eritrea: Seattle-Based, Self-Taught Palette Knife Painter Carlos Barberena / Nicaragua: Chicago-Based, Internationally Recognized Master Printmaker Lou Beach (nee “Lubicz) / Poland: Los Angeles-Based, Nationally Recognized Collage Artist Ashkon Hadari / Iran: Chicago-Based, Emerging Artist Yulia Kusnetsova / Russia: Chicago-Based, Emerging Artist
"Riding the Beast" Linocut by Carlos Barberena
2020 is a critical election year, one made deeply personal for those whose personal narratives include the immigration from their home countries. Their concern for the future of immigration is for many an existential one; for others, an empathetic concern for those who reside in America, uncertain of their status, and for those who’ve yet to make the journey.
In the minds of most of us, there’s no question about the immense contributions made by those willing to risk everything in pursuit of freedom, opportunity, personal safety, or a future for their children. The same courage, determination, idealism, and even moral virtue required to leave everything you know and love, in order to start over in a new country, with little to nothing, not speaking or understanding your new country’s language, are the very building blocks of the foundation we revere as “American character”.
While it might go without saying that we are a “nation of immigrants”, much of America’s history is replete with anti-immigration fervor, discrimination, and violence; particularly in the last several years. And while much of the current concern is for those south of the US border, the gallery invited five artists from around the world. Because America's polarized, discriminatory history of immigration didn't begin with our southern borders, nor will it likely end there.
This show highlights and celebrates the recent work, created or selected specifically for this important exhibition, of five artists whose lives began in other lands and who are now interweaving the cultural songs of their origins into the diverse and ever changing chorus of American culture.
Each of these five remarkable artists have their own immigration stories, ranging from post-WWII Europe to violent civil strife or oppression in their birthplaces, precipitating the need to escape and find refuge in America. The show will present their paintings, drawings, prints, & collage, accompanied by a written narrative of their personal perspectives as immigrants.
Please join us in this celebration of art as a universal language; one which transcends borders, nationality, ethnicity, politics, or faith.
The gallery will also be hosting another in our bi-monthly performance series, HOT JAZZ AT THE GALLERY on Friday April 3rd, featuring the nationally acclaimed vocalist and recording artist, GRETA MATASSA & THE GRETA MATASSA QUINTET, 7:00-9:30 pm. For details and ticket information, please contact the gallery email@example.com