The Anderson Center presents Imprint, a group printmaking exhibition in the Main Gallery showcasing both traditional formats and conceptual modern works by contemporary printmakers. The exhibit runs through September 26, 2020.
Shortly after the invention of the printing press, large sheets of paper with printing on only one side (called broadsides) became popular. These ephemeral works were used to share news, ideas, writing, and advertising. Historic broadsides range from copies of the Declaration of Independence circulated in 1776 to advertisements for the everyday items.
Today, hand-typeset broadsides are used to share poetry and images and to celebrate important occasions. Artist-designed posters respond to the current moment in much the way that broadsides did in the 18th century: the use of impactful words and eye-catching imagery to share a message that’s of-the-moment.
Taking broadsides and posters as a jumping-off point, Imprint features a wide range of contemporary printmakers working with text in single-sided, one-page formats. From inspirational to political, these prints showcase the words of dozens of nationally-recognized writers with impactful typography and beautiful imagery.
Featuring prints by Antony M. Anderson, Amanda Degener, Dawn Zero Erickson, FontLove Studio, Carol Inderieden, Amos P. Kennedy Jr, Paul Nylander, Gaylord Schanilec, C.B. Sherlock, Red Dragonfly Press, Sister Black Press, Richard Stephens, and Tom Virgin.
Writers whose words are represented in the prints include Robert Bly, Kimberly Blaeser, Gwen Westerman, Edwidge Danticat, Junauda Petrus-Nasah, Ed Bok Lee, and others.
Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the Main Gallery at the Anderson Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. This exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
1 : to mark by or as if by pressure: impress
2 : to fix indelibly or permanently (as on the memory)