January 30 – March 4, 2016
In collaboration with the Janet Turner Print Museum, this biennial event situates national print artistry through an exploration of the theme of currency. This is a local opportunity to see a cross section of contemporary printmaking curated by a juror with significant experience in the print world. This exhibition is presented by the CSU, Chico’s Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, the Janet Turner Print Museum, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
We are looking for artists to show us what is current, important and relevant in printmaking today! In the 21st century prints may include unique and inventive combinations of media encompassing 2D, 3D, time-based work, installations and other new technologies. The Turner Print Museum seeks work that expresses contemporary issues with a well developed aesthetic, shows printmaking’s current innovations, and is also a reflection of its history.
Juror: Erin Sullivan Maynes
Erin Sullivan Maynes is Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego, California. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2014. She is a specialist in the graphic arts, with a focus on prints and print culture of the 19th and 20th century, especially in Germany. Her dissertation, Speculating on Paper: Print Culture and the German Inflation, 1918-1924, considered the boom in graphic production that occurred during the most intense period of inflation in early Weimar-era Germany.
“Contemporary printmaking is less transparent in terms of process—you cannot just look at a print any more to know how it is made. This challenges us to again redefine what print is at this moment and what it can be in the future. I would consider the connections between currency and print that resonate in a contemporary context as follows: the most literal is shared materials, paper and ink, and shared character as a multiple that nevertheless has limits put on its reproduction (an edition for the print, what a government is willing to print to keep prices stable in the case of money). Regarding material and edition, an alchemical transformation of material happens with both fine art and money—both take on a value far exceeding the value of their materials by virtue of a conceptual transformation rather than a material one. This conceptual link to value is necessary for both paper money and for the print to retain value and status, to be considered something more than pictures printed on paper.”
Best in Show-a solo exhibition of new work, The Turner Friends Solo Exhibition Prize presented in 2018.
Additional purchase and cash prizes up to $3,000.00.