Opening: Saturday, January 26 from 6pm to 8pm
Frontera is the 6th portfolio exchange organized by curator and artist, Fawn Atencio, initiated this year by the Mid America Print Council conference theme of Go West: A Collaborative Turn. Twenty-seven artists who have called Colorado home were invited to participate. Some of the artists in the exchange are not printmakers by trade or education, but were asked to embrace a new frontier of working in multiples on paper.
Each artist was asked to consider the notion of the western Frontera. Frontiers could represent uncharted territory, a remote piece of land, or a new field of study. Artists interpreted related ideas of homeland, line, boundary, border, limit, confine, or closure. In the present time of increasing tensions between self and other, “our” land and “your” land, the artists explored how we use spaces of any kind to embrace, separate, collaborate, or work quietly alone.
Artists: Maeve Leslie, Jim Ramsour, Lisette Chavez, Valerie Dillon, Michael Litzau, Brittany Whisonant-Denham, Matt Swisher, Melinda Laz, Sarah Fukami, Deb Rosenbaum, Martin Azevedo, Michelle Rozic, Katarzyna Zimna, Chinn Wang, Humberto Saenz, Bonnie Stolzmann, Nicole Salimbene, Leslie Friedman, Toni Mosely, Rachel Bruya, Irena Keckes, Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, Susan Heggestad, Bryan Ritchie, Rhea Nowak, Fawn Atencio
Mid America Print Council – Portfolio Exhibition – University of Wyoming – Laramie, Wyoming
Neltje Gallery – Sheridan College – Sheridan, Wyoming
Eastern Washington University – Cheney, Washington
Denver School of the Arts – Main Gallery – Denver, Colorado
Plymouth State University – Plymouth, New Hampshire
Willow Street Gallery – Washington DC
Isla Centre for the Arts – University of Guam – Mangilao, Guam
DC Arts Studios/Willow Street Gallery is located at 6925 Willow St. NW. For more information, visit www.dcartsstudios.org