Taryn McMahon Wins Knight Arts Challenge Support for Printmaking Conference
Taryn McMahon, Assistant Professor of Print Media and Photography, was recently awarded $30,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge in Akron for an upcoming printmaking conference that will be held on Kent State University’s campus as well as various locations in Akron.
The Mid America Print Council’s biennial conference is scheduled for October 14-17, 2020. The 2020 conference, titled “Power of Print: Resistance and Revolution,” is founded on the idea that prints have cultural relevance and hold the power to promote social change and create a timely commentary. As a medium, print is invested in the multiple, distribution, and popular culture; printmakers have a stake in politics, resistance, and social justice. The support from the Knight Foundation will allow for a robust day of activities in Akron to complement the programming in Kent for the 2020 Mid America Print Council Conference. An anticipated 500 attendees from around the country will participate in conference activities.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to show off Kent State University as a leader in the arts and Akron as a cultural powerhouse in the region,” said McMahon.
The support from Knight Foundation will allow the organizers to plan exhibitions, a panel, technical printmaking demonstrations, and themed print portfolio exchanges at The University of Akron's Myers School of Art. These activities will directly relate to the conference theme, which positions printmaking, a democratic art medium that results in multiples for distribution, as an entry point for artists and communities to amplify their voices and be active and engaged citizens.
In addition, a downtown art walk is being planned with other Akron galleries that ends at the Akron Art Museum. Via curated exhibitions of national and regional artists, technical demonstrations in printmaking processes, lectures, and panels, the conference creates a space for exploration and discussion around political movements through the lens of printmaking.
More information and registration will soon be available on the “Power of Print” conference website.