March 11, 2019 – April 13, 2019
Regional Collective features artwork by members of the California Society of Printmakers, selected by Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition includes work by Nora Akino, Jonathan Barcan, Helen Bellaver, Susan Belau, Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro, Holly Downing, Kim Fink, Karen Gallagher-Iverson, Alisa Golden, Nif Hodgson, Sandra Kelch, Dixie Laws, Leslie Lowinger, Kent Manske, Mary V. Marsh, Elizabeth Rose, Deborah Sibony, Linda Simmel, Herlinde Spahr, Katherine Venturelli, Monique Wales, Sandy AE Walker, Donna Westerman, Sarah Whorf, and Monica Wiesblott.
The California Society of Printmakers is one of the national historic printmakers collectives that is still a vital force in contemporary printmaking. Printmaking has long been associated with community whether it be a university setting, a local collective, or in this case, regional support. The sharing and appreciation of this graphic form through associations fosters ongoing support for the market, interest, development and appreciation of its historic nature to communicate visually by its broad based multiple original nature. Janet Turner herself received support for her continuing career by membership in the regional organizations she joined and they presently continue to foster new generations of printmakers.
Juror’s Talk | Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Thursday, March 28, 5:30p.m. | Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building, CSU Chico | Reception to follow at the Turner
Walk and Talk | Tuesday, April 2, 5:30p.m. | Museum Gallery
The Janet Turner Print Museum at CSU, Chico is programmatically driven to explore its fine art print collection to foster the understanding and appreciation of printmaking history and artistry. Through premised based curated exhibitions and a study Archive, the Museum affords the public the enrichment of contextualized original art, the enjoyment of seeing each artist’s unique creative vision, and the opportunity to further their historical comprehension of printmaking’s role in the distribution of image making.
Periodically the Museum goes outside its collection to support the continued contemporary artistic vision of printmaking today. Begun in 1995, its National Print Competition and Exhibition format has brought to the community a wide focus on methods, content and intent as uniquely expressed through printmaking.
This exhibition allows for an even more concentrated focus as the members of the California Society of Printmakers were invited to submitted up to five images for our juror, Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her selection presents an overview of a group offering the opportunity to perceive linked reference, stylistic similarities, communal intent, and familiar subject. Even as a collective with shared bonds, the prospect of discerning the distinctive and individual artistic vision is the exciting experience contained in this curated selection from close to 500 prints submitted by 99 California Society of Printmakers [members].
Historically there has been a demonstration of the collective, as clubs and societies, support printmakers have dedicated themselves to forming keeping the technique vibrant, topical and practiced as an art form since the 19th century. This collective impulse has created fluid forums in the sharing of skill, material and exhibitions and is furthered and supported by the continued academic art programs inclusive of this art making method.
With this exhibition we see our closest regional society, one with over 100 years’ existence, who has also had impact on our local printmakers. Janet Turner (1914-1988) who created the formal printmaking area of the [CSU Chico] Department of Art and Art History in the 1960’s, was a member and encouraged her students who continued to print to apply for membership.
– Catherine Sullivan, Janet Turner Print Museum Curator and Head of Archive