LEFT TO RIGHT: Aaron Coleman (DeKalb, IL), The Vulture Eats Between Its Meals (2013), lithograph; Gordon Sherman (Hays, KS), Can’t Draw (2012), intaglio, digital, relief; Jon Goebel (Hilo, HI), Atropos (2014), etching, aquatint, archival digital printing.
April 18 – June 8, 2014
See 35 of the best printmakers from across the nation.
The Friends of the Library bring you some of the newest, most exciting works in American contemporary printmaking. This year’s national juried exhibit presents innovative artworks – and the winners’ work is satirical, intense, edgy and challenging. It is the fifth time we have held this competition. The artists are masters of their techniques. Each artist reflects our world in their own way. Some comment on our social and political reality, some respond to very personal experiences. All of them will get you thinking.
2014 is ‘the Year of Art and Science’ in the Sabatini Gallery. In addition to seeing great art, we’ll also look at how we perceive and interpret art, and the psychological impact of art. The fun part is finding the story in each print. Look at details, symbols, textures, color – how all those elements fit together like sentences, but when done with this kind of precision, can achieve directness unlike the written word.
Any hand-pulled print technique, including intaglio, relief, serigraphy, lithography, photogravure, collagraph, monoprint and monotype, and broadsides, were eligible for entry. Prints had to be no more than two years old. Artists from all over the country competed: 125 artsts from 35 states entered 423 prints. Tom Huck, our juror, accepted 35 prints.
About Our Juror
Tom Huck Artist’s Talk:
“Disgusting the Masses since 1995!”
Tuesday | April 22 | 7:00 — 8:30 PM | Marvin 101B
Our Printed Image 5 Juror discusses his humorous and socially critical prints that he calls “rural satire”. Huck studies Midwest culture, from rodeos with “kid” cowboys to nightclubs and demolition derbies with a bit of his trademark quirkiness thrown in.
Tom Huck (born 1971) is a visual artist best known for his large-scale woodcuts. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he runs his own press, Evil Prints.
He is a regular contributor to BLAB! and was the illustrator of The Roots’ Phrenology album art in 2003. His work draws heavily upon the influence of Albrecht Dürer, Jose Guadalupe Posada, R. Crumb, and Honoré Daumier.
Huck’s woodcut prints are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum. Milwaukee Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Fogg Art Museum and New York Public Library. He was awarded a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011.
Tom Huck is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO., and Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions in San Francisco. Text courtesy of the artist’s website.
Related Events | April – May
APRIL First Friday ArtWalk: Wood-Fired Ceramics
Through April 27 | 5:30 — 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Wood-Fired features a collection of ceramic vessels from the library’s permanent collection, and introduces the wide variety of techniques and results of this ancient process. “The earliest kilns were nothing more than a shallow ‘pit’ dug in the ground. Pottery was loose stacked on top of each other. Combustible materials were placed around and above the pottery and the fire was allowed to burn down. After cooling, the pots were cleaned of the ash and residue and were then used.” 
8th Annual Edible Book Festival
Friday | April 4 | 5:30 — 8:30 PM | Marvin Auditorium
Create an edible masterpiece based on the content or shape of a book. From puns to literal interpretations, everyone is encouraged to participate by creating something (or simply stopping in to vote, look, and snack!) To submit, call 580-4515 by 5PM, April 3. Bring your entry to Marvin Auditorium between 3:00 — 5:25 PM on April 4. Need ideas? Check out the past 7 years here.
The Printed Image 5 Opening Reception
Friday | April 18 | 5:30 — 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Meet some of the artists, visit our snack table, and view some of the most cutting-edge work from printmakers around the nation. Juror’s awards will be announced at 6:30 PM.
Curate This! 2014
Friday, April 28 – Sunday, June 15 | Sabatini Gallery
Join us as we celebrate the opening of our teen-curated exhibit for conversation and refreshments. Regional high school students collaborated on an exhibit using selections from the Library’s permanent art collection. This year’s show is inspired by the psychology behind personal perspective, with a focus on how an individual’s point of view is formed in relation to scientific and cultural discoveries. For example, how bonds are formed from past experiences and how connections are made through color.
MAY First Friday ArtWalk
Friday | May 2 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Meet the curators of Curate This! and check out 35 incredible prints from all over the country. Added bonus: we participate in the city-wide ArtWalk shuttle, which means free transportation! Note: The Main part of the Library will be closed for system upgrades, but the Gallery will be open.
Brandon Alumbaugh (Knoxville, TN), Carol Chapel (Corvallis, OR), Aaron Coleman (DeKalb, IL), Andrew DeCaen (Denton, TX), James Ehlers (Emporia, KS), Justyne Fischer (Washington, DC), Eric Garcia (Chicago, IL), Jon Goebel (Hilo, HI), Karla Hackenmiller (Athens, OH), Kurt Kemp (Cotati, CA), Alan Larkin (South Bend, IN), Tonia Matthews (Baltimore, MD), Amy Misurelli Sorensen (Milwaukee, WI), Johanna Mueller (Denver, CO), Dennis Olsen (San Antonio, TX), Edie Overturf (Minneapolis, MN), Antonio Pazaran (Chicago, IL), Nathan Pietrykowski (Baton Rouge, LA), Sally Piller (Lawrence, KS), Tatiana Potts (Maryville, TN), Laura Reese (Norman, OK), James Reinke (Madison, WI), Ricardo Ruiz (Corpus Christi, TX), Samantha Parker Salazar (Pflugerville, TX), Alexander Schilbrack-Cole (Athens, GA), Gordon Sherman (Hays, KS), Drew Simons (Topeka, KS), Mark Sisson (Stillwater, OK), Emily Stokes (Orange City, IA), Bruce Thayer (Mason, MI), Marcus Thibodeau (Santa Ana, CA), Susan Weisend (Aurora, NY), Art Werger (Athens, OH), Linda Whitney (Valley City, ND), Billijo Zorn Sneed (Norman, OK)