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Dolphin Press and Print — Tags: , — KVH @ 3:38 pm, Saturday, September 27th, 2008


One of the benefits of being a well known department in a well known school is that people off campus have heard of you. With some frequency, people call the Dolphin Building to donate something; in the past it’s been as simple as some supplies from their basement, or something as great as a new litho or etching press (One of each in 2007!)…

This week’s donation has been paper. 2 car loads and probably 1000lbs later, we are up to our ears in the stuff. Don’t get too excited yet, we still need to sort and collate it, but I guarantee a decent portion will filter down to students. A greater portion will be reserved for department projects, class projects, and sundry other uses.

Extra special thanks goes out to SDYM Inc for their donation of 10 years-worth of paper samples, and to Furst Printers for their donation of a mis-shipment of Strathmore cover. You both rock!

Anyone else out there interested in donating to our department can reach me at kvanhorn |at| mica.edu.


Exhibitions in New York

Exhibitions — printmaking @ 2:14 pm, Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Louise Bourgeois: ECHO at Cheim & Read

547 West 25 Street 
Exhibition up thought November 1, 2008 

The exhibition features recent sculptures and gouaches by Louise Bourgeois. The show is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with writings by the artist.


Every Man’s Life is a Fairytale… at Larissa Goldston Gallery

530 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor
Exhibition up thought October 4, 2008 

The exhibition features contemporary explorations of storytelling through printmaking. Offering a variety of personal, political, sexual, and literary narratives, the exhibition includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Enrique Chagoya, Amy Cutler, Peregrine Honig, David Levinthal, Jockum Nordström, David Rathman, and Kiki Smith.

Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair 2008

Events — printmaking @ 1:59 pm, Thursday, September 25th, 2008

In partnership with the Visual Arts Program of Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Pyramid Atlantic is pleased to present the 10th Biennial Book Arts Fair & Conference, the event connecting international artists and booksellers to collectors and scholars of the book arts through a dynamic book fair, stimulating conference lectures, exhibitions, panel discussions and events. Pyramid Atlantic, in its 27th year, serves as a contemporary visual arts center and gallery dedicated to the creation and appreciation of paper, prints, book arts and digital media.

Laurie Snyder has reserved a bus to take 25 students to the Book Arts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 8.  The cost will be $10. This is a special rate for just these 25 students, as the standard daily rate for just the show is $20.

There will be a sign-up sheet in Dolphin on November 1st. First come first serve.

College Book Art Association: Bi-annual Conference and Student Awards

Call for Entries,Exhibitions,Lectures — printmaking @ 8:50 am, Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The College Book Art Association supports and promotes academic book art education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship, and criticism. As part of this mission, the CBAA is offering awards for two outstanding student books. The finalists’ entries will be judged and, as space permits, exhibited at the CBAA bi-annual conference, January 10–11, 2009 at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. Download application here.

The first biennial conference of the College Book Art Association seeks to bridge the worlds of book art, book history, cultural criticism, and curatorial work through appreciation of the book as an aesthetic sensorium. Scholarship, artistic practice, and the digital age have evoked for us the multimedia nature of the book experience. At a time when the book arts have never been more vital, ART, FACT, AND ARTIFACT builds from these energies and will offer presentations, papers, studio demonstrations, and exhibits from artists and scholars interested in the future, present, and past of the book as an expressive form. More information here.

The Generic Zine Exchange

Call for Entries — printmaking @ 8:40 am, Monday, September 22nd, 2008

This an open call to participate in the generic ZINE exchange. More information here. .

Rappleye Lecture moved to Falvey Hall

Events,Lectures — printmaking @ 8:23 am, Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Fantastic Planet
A Lecture by Jon Rappleye
Thursday, September 18th from 5-7pm
Falvey Hall, Brown Center

Thursday’s lecture by Jon Rappleye has been moved from the BBox at the Gateway to Falvey Hall. Please pass the word along to anyone you know that’s going to the lecture.

Louise Bourgeois, 2008

Publications — printmaking @ 8:32 pm, Monday, September 15th, 2008

Harlan & Weaver is pleased to announce the publication of Louise Bourgeois, 2008, a photogravure print of the artist’s hands. 

Louise Bourgeois, 2008, originated with a drypoint begun in 2003, at a time when Bourgeois was beginning to explore the traced hand as subject.  In order to demonstrate specific placement of her hands in the composition, Bourgeois carefully rested them on a working proof of the image, insistent on the overlap of her middle finger and thumb.  She referenced the touching fingers as “the point of contact.”  Felix Harlan took a photograph, intending to use it as direction for correcting lines in the copper.  Though the drypoint was never completed, the photograph remained an indelible image and was subsequently made into a photogravure plate.  The resultant print is visual documentation of the dialogue between artist and printer, and is evidence of the way Bourgeois and Harlan have worked together over the years.  

Louise Bourgeois, 2008, provides insight to the artist’s process, and reflects the recurring use of hands in her work in a unique, intimate portrait.

Dolphin Press & Print Internship

Dolphin Press and Print,Internships — printmaking @ 12:15 pm, Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Dolphin Press & Print is a unique collaborative print studio that is designed to bring visual artists and writers together to work with students, producing limited-edition letterpressed books, broadsides and editioned prints in a variety of print media.

The Dolphin Press Internship Program provides MICA students with curricula-based professional development skills and allows students to interact with one another and with the Visiting Artist Programming connected with the press. 

Working collaboratively with peers and seasoned professional printers; solving complex problems; and administering business and marketing duties at the press are the primary focus of this internship.

The internship program is administered by Co Directors Whitney Sherman, Chair of the Illustration Department and Gail Deery, Chair of the Printmaking Department at MICA.

Interns will report weekly to the Dolphin Press Coordinator and the Paper Studio Coordinator.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall Semester. Each student will receive three credits, and are expected to work for 8 hours per week.

Application Procedure:

Applicants will electronically submit their completed applications by end of the day on Friday, September 19, 2008 to printmaking@mica.edu.

You can download the application here.

Department Meeting, Sept.8

Meetings — printmaking @ 8:34 am, Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Welcome back! Hope everyone had a relaxing summer. There will be a department meeting on Monday, September 8, 2008. . All majors and concentrators are required to attend. The meeting will be at 3:00 p.m. in the litho studio. There have been many changes this summer and a lot of information that will be gone over. See you there.

ArtReview:Digital Sept. Issue featuring Julian Schnabel

Publications — printmaking @ 8:32 am, Thursday, September 4th, 2008

ArtReview:Digital is the entire magazine on your screen – with videos too. In the September issue: Julian Schnabel is best known today as a filmmaker, but once upon a time he was one of the biggest artists around. How did he fall off the art radar, and does he have anything to give to art today? We turn the spotlight onto new photography with portfolios from artists pushing the medium into exciting territory: Colby Bird, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. Also an Oral History of Western Art, a new column by Matthew Collings, starting with an interview with the Lascaux cave painters.

The September issue of ArtReview:Digital is available now, free.

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