Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Presents Misprints Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on March 4, 2019
Hagan Inverted Ginny by Michael Hagen. Screenprint (Stencil/Screen). 2019.
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Opening Reception: Friday, March 8 from 6:30pm to 9pm
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Misprints celebrates the unique outcomes of a printer’s mistake on the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight and the infamous “Inverted Jenny” stamp. For stamp collectors, mistakes are what make a stamp more valuable. For artists, mistakes can also be valuable. In this exhibition, twenty-four printmakers reveal their “mistakes” and the unintended results.

The exhibition features a diverse array of printing techniques, including etching, relief prints, screenprints, and lithographs. Mistakes exhibited are both printing mistakes— like an upside down letter or out of order layers—and process mistakes, such as over-etching a plate.

As Pyramid Artistic Director and Misprints Curator Gretchen Schermerhorn explains, “artists, particularly printmakers, are calculating in their processes, yet the execution may not go as expected. However, sometimes – and often- it turns out better. When you allow for experimentation and mistakes, interesting things can happen. This show proves that.”

In its open call for the exhibition, Pyramid had far more submissions than expected. “It’s clearly a topic that people can relate to,” says Schermerhorn. While there is a strong showing from local artists, the show also features printmakers from PA, WV, MA, TX, and LA.  The exhibition features work from Cynthia Back, Christy Ball, Carol Barsha, Tracey Bullington, Amy Callner, Michele Casto, Andy Clark, Kristine DeNinno, Maggie Gourlay, Michael Hagan, David Hawkins, Robert Howsare, Carrie Iverson, Sue Johnson, Katie Kaplan, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Alice Kresse, Aselin Lands, Matt McLaughlin, Ursula Minervini, Edie Overturf, Rick Pieto, Ira Tattelman, Sharon Wolpoff

Gallery hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
  •  Sunday: 12 – 5 pm

The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public.

Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD. More at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or 301-608-9101.