Witness the Power of Print at Kent State’s MAPC Exhibitions and Symposium

Print of a man drawing some trees by Michael Barnes
The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University present the 2020 Mid America Print Council Members Exhibition, a juried show of work created by Mid America Print Council (MAPC) members, selected by Pittsburgh-based artist Imin Yeh. The exhibition includes a variety of prints from over 40 artists and will be on view Oct. 6 through Nov. 13, 2020 at the CVA Gallery on the Kent campus. The exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the MAPC remote symposium and is free and open to the public. 

“Print plays many contradictory roles in contemporary art and culture. The 2020 MAPC Members Exhibition includes 46 works juried out of 173 submissions that explores the richness of print’s shape-shifting nature as well as the mastery of print’s diverse messaging and mark. I hope [this exhibition] is a vital celebration and commitment to slow, purposeful, crafted image-making to be seen in person, nose so close to the paper you can smell the ink,” says Imin Yeh in her juror’s statement.

The in-person 2020 Mid America Print Council (MAPC) conference has been postponed to 2022 due to covid-19, which led to Kent State hosting a remote symposium scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, 2020. Kent State print media and photography professors Taryn McMahon and J. Leigh Garcia are serving as co-chairs for the symposium and the 2022 conference.

The symposium, Power of Print: Resistance and Revolution, will feature synchronous events including virtual panels, demonstrations, network sessions, artist talks, and talk by keynote speaker, Delita Martin. Additionally, there will be asynchronous events including virtual exhibitions, themed portfolio exchanges, demonstrations, an in memorium, and open portfolio. While some of the exhibitions will be visible solely online through the remote symposium, many will be physically exhibited regionally. 

“Despite having to postpone our in-person MAPC conference to 2022, we are thrilled to be able to offer a range of exciting programming via a smaller remote symposium in 2020. Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer several select exhibitions for in-person viewing. Prints are incredibly detail oriented, process based, and materially diverse; seeing these exhibitions in-person will allow viewers to fully experience the artworks as the artists intended. While some events have been moved online, we are confident that the important concepts of this timely symposium will be highly impactful in the printmaking field nationally and regionally,” said McMahon. 

Kent State will also be hosting a solo exhibition by Amos Kennedy, the recipient of the MAPC Outstanding Printmaker Award for 2020, at the KSU Downtown Gallery. Other exhibitions associated with the conference are "Make Ready for the Revolution," an online exhibition presented by Zygote Press, "Contra / Against," an online exhibition presented by Instituto Grafico de Chicago, and “The Art of Print,” an in-person regional exhibition juried by J. Leigh Garcia at Summit Artspace’s Three G Gallery. 

Registration for the remote symposium is free to MAPC members.

To attain an MAPC membership, visit: https://midamericaprintcouncil.org/ 

Then register for the conference at: http://mapc2020.com/registration/ 

The CVA Gallery is located on the first floor of the Center for the Visual Arts at 325 Terrace Dr. in Kent, Ohio.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1:32pm