Sunday, October 11, 2009

Geographical Divides Print Prospectus

Geographical Divides
A Collaborative Print exhibition of Northern and Southern Nevada Printmakers
A print portfolio exchange organized by Anne M. Hoff and Candace Nicol

Nevada is a rich visual landscape – a state complete with wonderful cultural myths like “Area 51” and “Sin City”.  It is a state that commands the imagination of Postmodernism - from the architecture of Las Vegas to the proliferation of Burning Man once a year.  Also, it is a state comprised of two major metropolitan communities in the South and the North divided by 300 miles of desert.  Geographical Divides brings Nevada printmakers together for an opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a print portfolio exchange that will visually explore the uniqueness of our state.

This is to be a printmaking exchange and subsequent exhibit that pairs a Northern NV printmaker with a Southern NV printmaker to work collaboratively on two individuals prints.  The basic premise is for each artist to partially complete a traditional printing plate, send it to their partner, who will alter and work additionally on the same plate.  Upon the second artist working the plate, it shall be returned to the originating printmaker, who will complete the plate/image and then print an edition of 20.

Sixteen printmakers are being invited to participate in Geographical Divides Portfolio exchange and Nevada Arts Council Touring Initiative.  Eight printmakers are to come from Northern Nevada, eight printmakers from Southern Nevada.  Artists will be paired based on technical sensibilities, content and personal temperament.  The process for completing this edition will take an approximate time period of 6 months.  The end result will be a total edition of 20 prints completed by each artist.  16 prints to be employed for the portfolio exchange, 1 print for the NAC traveling exhibition, 1 print for the archives of the Nevada Arts Council, 1 print for the Southern Nevada College permanent collection, 1 print for Truckee Meadows Community College permanent collection.

Artists participating in Geographic Divides will explore connections and disconnections between Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada cultural attitudes, aesthetics and geographical distinctions.   Each printmaking pair in our state will communicate and visually respond to each other’s unique economic, environmental and political/social settings. 

Anne M. Hoff, Southern Nevada College, Las Vegas, NV
Department of Fine Arts, College Southern Nevada, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. –W2D, Las Vegas, NV  89146-1164

Candace Nicol, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV
25 Sunridge Drive, Reno, NV  89511
Candace Nicol is an adjunct professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and is a co-founder of the Northern Nevada Printmakers’ Conspiracy.  She has curated numerous international and national print portfolio exchanges and collaboration projects including 6sides2 every story and the CommD project, both sponsored by Nevada Arts Council Grants.


Maria Arango
Lynn Schmidt
Erik Beehn
Nolan Preece
Bobbie Ann Howell
Galen Brown
Daryl Depry
Sharon Tetly
Keith Conley
Lynne Kistler

Ashlea Clark
Anne Hoff
Vicki LoSasso
Jeanne Voltura
Candace Nicol

Portfolio Details:

MEDIA…………………… Printmaking in any form and archival media.  Paired artists are asked to work together and plan which techniques and processes they want to employ for their two plates.  They do not each have to start with the same matrix. For example:  Maria may start with a woodblock and Lynne may start with Linoleum. 

INTERLEAVING…… For protection of individual prints, glassine must be folded over each print and fit the size of the prints exactly.

SIZE………………..…… 10”x20” bleed prints (image and paper size)

EDITION SIZE……… 20 -The prints need to be individually numbered 1/20 through 20/20.

DISTRIBUTION……  Each participating artist will receive a complete boxed portfolio of 14 prints. One boxed portfolio will be donated to Nevada Arts Council, one will be donated to the College of Southern Nevada and the third will be donated to Truckee Meadows Community College Art Gallery Collection.  The remaining set will be framed for Nevada Touring Initiative Exhibitions.

FEES…………………….$75 to defray the cost of portfolio boxes, colophon and postage

RESUME/ARTIST STATEMENT/ TECHNICAL SHEET……….Please include a current resume (1 page) and an artist statement. This is a requirement for the collections.  Also, for the development of the educational guide that is printed in conjunction with the Nevada Touring Initiative exhibits, we will need artist pairs to provide brief descriptions of their collaborative print media and methods.                                   

DEADLINE………………Editions must be postmarked by August 1, 2010

Send Editions to:
Anne Hoff
Department of Fine Arts
College Southern Nevada
6375 W. Charleston Blvd. –W2D
Las Vegas, NV  89146-1164  


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