(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize
Have you checked out our Power2Give project yet? If not, we hope you do: Through an exciting partnership with the Johannesburg’s Vula Amehlo Art Development (“Vula Amehlo” means “open your eyes” in Zulu), we are hard at work to produce an exhibition featuring some outstanding South African printmakers. These artists, the majority of whom are black, range in age from early 20s to mid-30s, and are just launching their careers as artists–developing skills, resumes, and networks that will help them pay the bills with their incredible talent.
This exhibition is scheduled for January 2014, but there’s a lot of work to do before then, and we need your help! As little as $1 can help us buy the necessary display materials, create the exhibition brochure, and send any unsold works back at the end of the exhibition. We are so thankful to Anne Gordon of Vula Amehlo for coordinating the shipping of the works to the US, and the members of Washington Printmakers Gallery for volunteering their time to frame the works and install the show! Through their efforts, it is estimated we are saving over $4,000 in labor and shipping fees! But, we still need $1,840 in donations to make our goal of $2,072 in fundraising for this exhibition. If you donate soon, Monument Bank will provide $0.50 in matching funds for every $1 donated–making your gift go further! Please take a moment to check out this project, share it with your friends, and donate. There’s some pretty great thank-you’s available, too!
“The Comfort That I Know” by Bambo Sibiya
Untitled screenprint by Mini Ngoyi
We’re super excited to announce a partnership with Vula Amehlo Art Development in Johannesburg, which will bring the art of emerging South African Printmakers to WPG in January 0f 2014, making it our third international exhibition in four years. “Vula Amehlo” means “open your eyes” in Zulu and other South African indigenous languages, and focuses on promoting the careers of emerging artists through curating exhibitions in both traditional gallery spaces and in other environments, and marketing their work in South Africa and elsewhere.
Their latest exhibition, Afrika Rea Bolela (Afrika Let’s Talk): ARTiculating the Constitution, just wrapped up at the end of last month. It presented the work of 20 South African artists from the Bataki Kollective, with the aim of stimulating discussion among the artists and between the artists and the viewers regarding how their art can reflect on the values that are embodied in the South African Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights and in the mission of Constitution Hill (where the exhibition was presented).
“A part of Me” by Mbali Dhlamini
We’re still not sure exactly which artists will be participating, so the images included with this post are just a taste of some of the wonderful emerging talent in and around Johannesburg. We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for more-so stay tuned as this project and exhibition are further developed!
Here’s a sneak peek of a few of the prints that have come in for next month’s Excellence in Printmaking exhibition. Enjoy!
The deadline for applications to Excellence in Printmaking is this coming Monday, December 31 at 11:59 pm! Details and application website are at the link above. If you are a MFA or BFA Student with a focus (not necessarily major-we realize many painting/printmaking or general fine arts programs are all lumped together) on Printmaking between the ages of 18 and 24 you are eligible! Grand prize is $500. That’s a $500 check for you to use towards your art as you please. A big thank you to our friends at the Washington Print Club for continuing to sponsor this prize!
Have questions? Check out our FAQ. Want some inspiration? Check out the slide show of some of the accepted prints from last year’s competition, below. Good luck!
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our Funding Goal for Excellence in Printmaking 2013! We are now able to offer entries to students FREE! If there’s any one artist group that deserves free entries, we think it’s the students. So, if you’ve been waiting to apply, you can do so now-details here. Those who have already applied will receive a refund on their entry fees. Thanks again to all our supporters, and we hope to see you at the Excellence in Printmaking show in February!
“Altarpiece” by Elise Isom, from the 2012 Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition.
We’re only $155 away from our Go Get Funding goal for our upcoming Excellence in Printmaking exhibition, a juried show of MFA and BFA candidates focusing on printmaking. Help us meet–or exceed–this goal by donating now. The funding window ends in 11 hours at midnight central time! If we meet our goal, there will be NO entry fees for the deserving students that Excellence in Printmaking exhibits. If we exceed our goal, we’ll be able to lower or even eliminate next year’s entry fees. So, please help and donate today, right now, ASAP! Thank you!
“Too Much Love” by Brittany Ferguson from the 2012 Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition
Our Go Get Funding project is 70% funded with 5 days to go–your donation of as little as $1 can help emerging artists. If we meet (or exceed!) our goal of $1245 then the show will be FREE to enter for all qualifying students (and those who have already paid the entry fee will be issued a refund). Please donate at this link and then share it with your friends!
Additionally, if you are an MFA or BFA candidate with a focus on printmaking, you should definitely apply to Excellence in Printmaking. This juried show has a grand prize of $500–that’s a $500 check written to you! You can find more details here.