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  • Celene Aubry
    8 years, 10 months ago

    General call for posters and prints for:
    Wood Type, Evolved: Experimental Letterpress & Relief Printing in the 21st Century

    Curated by April Sheridan and Nick Sherman
    Exhibited at the Center for Book and Paper Arts Gallery,
    Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL

    Wood Type, Evolved defines a global, burgeoning mode of activity in which contemporary artists are producing artwork through the development of new experimental printing techniques based on traditional letterpress materials?particularly wood type.

    Why wood type, why now? While the widespread industrial production of wood type dates from 1827 into the late 1970s, a recent resurgence in letterpress printing combined with the increasing availability of commercially ?obsolete? production equipment has created room for dialogue and opportunity. This has fueled experimentation in artist studios, presses and print shops around the world.

    Through the display of artwork and examples of printing surfaces, Wood Type, Evolved will also reveal how laser cut, hand engraved, acrylic and otherwise manipulated types are becoming ways to engage a traditional style exemplified by wood type through contemporary fabrication techniques.


    The Center for Book and Paper Arts gallery is pleased to announce its fall 2011 show, ?Wood Type Evolved: Experimental Letterpress and Relief Printing in the 21st Century? to be held September 8 through December 10. The curators of this show would like to invite you to exhibit any work that you?ve done, directly relating to this subject in the last 11 years.

    The intent to participate deadline is July 15.

    All materials go to the gallery coordinator, Jessica Cochran,
    Please ship work to:
    Jessica Cochran
    Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
    1104 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

    All flat work will be hung on the wall; feel free to submit framed or unframed prints.

    Please note if your work is for sale. A 30% commission is taken by the gallery.

    In addition to the accompanying forms, please include:
    –A brief statement on your production techniques. Noting what experimental techniques you?re using.
    –A brief bio of yourself as printer/designer/artist
    –300dpi image of artwork, if available
    –300dpi image of process, if available

    Images of your submitted work might be included in a catalog documenting the show?s contributors, their work, and will include an essay by Nick Sherman.

    All art must be received by July 22, 2011. Artwork may be dropped off or shipped to the Center in sturdy, reinforced, and reusable cartons with appropriate protection and must include return shipping.

    An opening reception for the artists and public will be held on Friday, September 8, 2011 from 5?8 p.m.

    At the end of the exhibit all work will be repackaged and shipped back to you.

    Wood Type, Evolved Important Dates
    July 15: Please respond with your intention to participate
    July 22: Artwork must be received at the Center
    September 8: Opening Reception
    December 10: Show closes

    If you have any questions about this show, please contact April Sheridan:


    Note that the deadlines are somewhat flexible, so contact April Sheridan to negotiate your wiggle room.

    April Sheridan
    Studio Technician and Special Projects Coordinator
    Center for Book and Paper Arts
    Columbia College Chicago
    1104 S Wabash Ave, 2nd Fl
    Chicago, IL 60605

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