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 opens with an artist reception on Friday, August 21st from 6-8 p.m. and runs through September 26, 2020. Light refreshments will be provided.
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.
Imprint takes broadsides and posters as a jumping-off point, sharing a wide range of styles from contemporary printmakers working with formats from the traditional to conceptual contemporary works. The ability to share a poem or distribute an idea continues to be a motivation for artists working in single-sided, one-page formats; the ideas and skill that goes into producing these pieces make them works of art in their own right.
Imprint features work by Antony M. Anderson, Carol Inderieden, Amos Kennedy Jr, Scott King, Monica Edwards Larson, Junauda Petrus-Nash, Gaylord Schanilec, Elana Schwartzman, Richard Stephens, Tom Virgin, and Gwen Westerman. More artists tba!
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)