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BlackRock Center for the Art Presents INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices Group Exhibition

Acadia Kandora, Configuring the Colony. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.

Acadia Kandora, Configuring the Colony. Courtesy of BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11 from 2pm to 4pm

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INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices
Kay Gallery
February 11 – March 11
For the juried exhibition INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices BlackRock Center for the Arts invited artists who live, work or attend school in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia to present works created during the past three years. A wide range of print media were submitted that demonstrate how artists are using techniques, combining multiple processes and often working large in scale. The 52 works selected by juror Helen Frederick for the INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices exhibition include engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, mixed media monotypes, collagraphs, archival inkjet prints, photogravure, etching, aquatint, chine collé, screenprints, cyanotype, and solarplate processes.

The INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices exhibit will feature 52 works created by the following artists: Katherine Akey, Cynthia Back, Leda Black, Allison Semele Blair, Lee Bowen, Nikki Brugnoli, Danqi Cai, Danielle Cartier, Donald Depuydt, Nina Chung Dwyer, Zach Fitchner, Kate Fleming, Jenny Freestone, Stephanie George, Susan Goldman, M. Alexander Gray, Tom Greaves, Mia Halton, Jessi Hardesty, Winston Harris, Robert S. Hunter, Pauline Jakobsberg, Acadia Kandora, Rebecca Katz, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Barbara Kerne, Cookie Kerxton, Brian Kreydatus, Rachel Lebo, Harriet Lesser, Tiffany Lin, June Linowitz, Joseph Lupo, Matthew McLaughlin, Nancy McNamara, Carol Moore, Susan Due Pearcy, Iris Posner, Carol Reed, Randi Reiss-McCormack, Justin Rubich, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Rhonda Smith, Todd Stong, Janis Sweeney, Caroline M. Thorington, Patricia Underwood, Priya Vadhyar, Adrienne Waterston, Ellen Verdon Winkler, Max-Karl Winkler, and Clare Winslow.

Juror Helen Frederick, who is an internationally known artist with a wealth of experience in the contemporary print world, carefully reviewed the images and information submitted by each artist and noted, “It was a joy to discover artists in many points of their careers submitting works with the inclusion of passionate statements regarding their thematic concepts.”

Frederick went on to say, “The themes feature personal and gender identity, environmental and cultural influences, the figure – revealed, damaged, abstracted and glorified, myths and dreams, memorials, cultural artifacts and boundaries, faded memories, humor and metaphors, constructed and deconstructed compositions and landscapes of inner life, and repetitive patterns in nature.”

With her experience in printmaking, paper making and the book arts and in her work as the founder and former executive director of Pyramid Atlantic, Frederick brought a wealth of knowledge to the jurying process. She commented on the wide range of techniques and processes stating, “… the artists pressed, pulled, tore, collaged and layered their materials for an exploratory and declarative visual continuum in the contemporary print world.”

The long-time professor of printmaking at George Mason University, Frederick was impressed by several entries submitted by students which are included in the exhibition, saying, “Graduate and undergraduate students form art schools and universities kept up with regional and nationally recognized veterans in the field and that speaks well of the energy in the printmaking departments in the five states.”

About the Juror: Helen Frederick is an internationally known artist whose work has been exhibited at The Phillips Collection in DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; and is in the collections of the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums, including the Feminist Art Base, in New York, and the National Gallery of Art in DC. Frederick is a Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, Virginia. An active participant in the Washington DC metropolitan area art scene, she has served on boards of various local and national organizations, and national peer review panels.  She received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award in recognition of her role as founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Her private Reading Road Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, artist books, and critical conversations about cultural and visual literacy. To learn more, visit: www.helenfrederick.com

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