March 2018 newsletter

What's coming up

Highlights from the Winter


Member and Faculty news


Coming Up

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Joyce Silverstone

Process! at Concord Arts

March 29—May 6, 2018
Opening reception:
March 29, 6-8pm

Artists from Zea Mays Printmaking will be front and center at Concord Arts Center this Spring.

"Process!" will feature the work of 14 artists from the Zea Mays community. The artists were selected by curators Kate James and Susanah Howland, who made studio visits and selected small bodies of work from each artist. A catalogue accompanies the show.

Curators James and Howland hope that this exhibit will introduce Zea Mays Printmaking's artists to the greater Boston art community.

Exhibiting Artists include:
Anne Beresford, Annie Bissett, Judith Bowerman, Liz Chalfin, Sarah Creighton, Jenny Gover, Anita Hunt, Louise Kohrman, Tekla McInerney, Lynn Peterfreund, Erika Radich, Joyce Silverstone, Richard Turnbull, Nanette Vonnegut


2018 Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio

July 6-29, 2018, 9-4 daily with open studio time until 9 PM

An intensive 150+ hour workshop in safer intaglio practices including etching on copper and aluminum, hard and soft grounds, lift grounds, white grounds, marbling and alternative aquatints.

Only 3 spaces left for this summer's GPC program!


Nancy Diessner

Experimental Photo-based Printmaking Intensive - EPP

August 1 – 20, 2018, 9-4 daily with open studio hours until 9 PM

A 20-day photo-based intensive workshop covering all aspects of photopolymer intaglio, and more experimental techniques such as photo collagraph and photo silk aquatint (both non-darkroom processes). Students will even build a simple exposure unit for personal use.

Only 2 spaces left!


Spring and early summer workshops are filling fast!

Check out all of our workshops. Relief, intaglio, monotype, screen printing, fabric printing, and more -- there is sure to be something for you.

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Marco Hernandez, "Mirelles y sus Soldados", Etching and Watercolor,

Announcing the 2018 Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Fellow

Marco Hernandez, the recipient of the 2018 Zea Mays Printmaking residency fellowship will be joining us this Spring for a 2-week residency.

"My current body of work explores issues of religion, society, and politics in contemporary Mexican culture. I’m also inspired by my personal experiences growing up as a Mexican Immigrant in California and the Midwest. Mexican and Mexican American symbols play a large role in my prints. The symbols span from ancient Mesoamerican imagery to contemporary popular culture items such as the Valentina hot sauce."

Our next call for a Residency Fellowship will go out in the summer. In the meantime, check out our other residency options.

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Sally Clegg', "Bundle", Copperplate etching, 2017

Sally Clegg recieves 2018 MCC Grant

We are proud to announce that ZMP studio monitor and member artist Sally Clegg was recently selected by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as a 2018 Drawing & Printmaking Fellow. She is one of six Massachusetts artists to receive the award, which includes a $12,000 grant. Sally joined Zea Mays Printmaking in 2012 as an intern and has been involved with the studio ever since. Her focus is copperplate etching, and all of her work in printmaking is created at Zea Mays using nontoxic practices. Her solo show Bundle will be on view March 4-22 in the Incubator Space at UMass Amherst's Hampden Gallery, opening March 4, 2-4 p.m.

To see more of her work, visit Sally's website

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New Research

Interns Mady Lacaprucia and McKenzie Stuetzel spent the past six months researching Photographic Silk Aquatint.


This is a non-darkroom process where one uses silkscreen fabric and emulsion laminated to a plastic plate to create photo intaglio prints.

In their demonstration last week they walked our members through every aspect of the process and shared all the challenges of their experiments.

All of Mady and Mackenzie's work can be found on the research section of our website including a comprehensive "how to" pdf.

All of our research is conducted by studio interns. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 internship positions. Learn more and apply here.

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The Sanford Gallery @ ZMP - March 2018

Vessels in Print: Frank Ozereko & Doris Madsen

Both artists employ the monotype medium of printmaking, each image being one-of-a-kind. Madsen, incorporating numerous layers of ink, transforms the simple form into new forms and transparencies. Ozereko, a career ceramicist and educator, creates unique vessels, each classic and conveying their unique character. Teapots and urns alike display textures, fine line work, exuberant colors and controlled accidents.

Next up in April:
No Words: Liz Chalfin and Edda Siggurdardottir

Followed in May by:
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SGCI 2018 - Altered Landscapes

Zea Mays Printmaking director, Liz Chalfin will be part of a panel at the 2018 SGCI Conference in Las Vegas in April. Chaired by Rachel Heberling (Frontline Arts, NJ), the panel titled, Women Leaders in Print: Building the Community also includes Liz Maugans (Zygote Press, OH) and Lauren V. Walling (Women's Studio Workshop, NY).

If you're at the conference, come hear them on Thursday at 1:30. They will be discussing different studio models, how each organization engages the community and their experiences being women leaders in the larger print world.


Artist Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program pairs an artist with one of our core faculty members to provide one-on-one instruction and support for deepening one's printmaking practice. We have artists from all over the country participate in our program. This season, we are thrilled to welcome Victoria Jure, an artist from Argentina who is here in our community for 2+ months to participate in the mentorship program. Victoria is working with Nancy Diessner as her core mentor to enhance her skills in photo-based printmaking processes.

We'll be accepting applications for the 2018-19 Artist Mentorship Program in the late spring.


Highlights from the Winter

2018 Flat File Project

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l->r: Meredith Broberg, Annie Bissett, Esther S. White

The Flat File Project has officially been juried and updated for 2018.

The Flat File includes over 50 portfolios of our member artists' recent work. Curators use the Flat File to select work for exhibitions, print lovers buy work out of the portfolios and our members and teachers use the Flat File as a wonderful educational resource. All of the prints in the Flat File can be viewed on our website.

To schedule an appointment to view the Flat File, please contact us at


Maya Malachowski Bajak, unaccounted for, etching on Hahnemühle copperplate

Traces Portfolio

We are so pleased to announce that the Traces portfolio has been purchased by The University of Michigan's Special Collections. We are thrilled to have our portfolio included in this wonderful, accessible collection.




Political Impressions

Rochester Institute of Technology
Deadline: FRIDAY, APRIL 13th, 2018

Fees: $30 for Print Club of Rochester members, $ 35 for non-members for up to 3 images.

Political Impressions
will add another chapter in the tradition of artists such as William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, and Jean-Jacques Grandville who taught us ways to say what could not be said. This juried exhibition invites participants to examine current social and political issues through the use of symbolism and satire, wit and whimsy while avoiding anything too "on the nose." Open to all printmaking methods and political persuasions this exhibition will be a diverse, playful, and thought-provoking experience of laughing through the tears in our turbulent world.


New Prints 2018/Summer

Submit your prints and print-based work to International Print Center New York's 58th New Prints exhibition, on view June 21 – September 21, 2018.
The artists selected for the exhibition will also be invited to apply for the New Prints Artist Development program. This includes three opportunities to receive further training, guidance, and exposure: an artist residency program, mentorship program, and sponsored coursework.

Deadline: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.


Deadline: March 20th, 2017

*Applications close on March 20th, 2018. However, placements tend to fill up very quickly so we recommend applying early

Sixty-one solo artists and collectives come together with ten hand-picked gallery programs for a dynamic four day long collector-driven fair focused on presenting the freshest in NYC and global contemporary art. The fair leverages an accessible pricing model (all artwork under $10,000 / 70% under $5,000) to create brisk and sustainable artwork sales for all levels of exhibitors among new and established collectors.

Mini Prints Berlin
Deadline: September 1st 2018

Professional artists are invited to participate in the Open Call Mini-Prints. The exhibition is a newly established exhibition and will become a recurrent event arranged by Galleri Heike Arndt DK in Berlin. By participating in this print exhibition, you are given the opportunity to exhibit your work at the gallery. Submission is free. All multiple printmaking techniques are welcome, each artist can submit 6 prints max.


Member News

Four Ways In
Esther S. White, Kevin Pomerleau, Claire Crews and Sally Clegg present new work in conversation. The four artists have been meeting since September 2017, building a routine of collaborative thought and curation. Working independently, they have each created work that in a variety of ways addresses the subjects of touch, permeability, barriers, visualization, and proximity.

"FOUR WAYS IN" will run at The A.P.E. from April 4th - April 29th with an opening reception on Friday April 13th from 5-8PM

Anastasia Keck will be having a solo exhibition at Easthampton City Arts in April. "Iterations of Verse" Opening: April 14th 12 - 8 pm as part of Easthampton's Bookfest and Artwalk. Gallery Hours: Tuesdays 12 - 5 pm and Thursdays 12 - 7 pm

Kevin Pomerleau will have his work in two shows at the A.P.E. LTD in downtown Northampton for through the months of March and April.
March: 6'1" - New Works by Luke Cavagnac, Jil Crary-Ross, Maclyn Milsark, and Kevin Pomerleau, Artists' Reception, Friday, March 9, 2018, 5:00-8:00 PM
April: Four Ways in - April 4th - April 29th with an opening reception on Friday April 13th from 5-8 PM

“Local Fields” was selected as an Honorable Mention in Remarque/New Grounds International Print Exhibition. The Albuquerque Journal stated: “Local Fields” by Larinda Meade is a luscious landscape rendering that combines the realism of a windy day infused with the energetic flourish of abstract expressionism.”

Anita Hunt received a purchase award in the 2018 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition for her etching, Lodge XI. The print was added to the permanent collection of the Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, where it joins several of Anita's other prints in the collection. The exhibit was displayed at the museum January 18 - February 21, and is archived on their website:


Faculty News

"Playing With Fire," a suite of twelve woodblock prints that Annie Bissett created during the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, will be on view in the back room at Oxbow Gallery, April 5-29. Reception Friday April 13, 6-8 pm.

New prints and artist’s books by Liz Chalfin will be on exhibition in Process! at Concord Arts March 29-May 6 with an opening reception on March 29th.

Two triptychs from Liz Chalfin’s Woman in Ruins panorama have been selected to be included in the All That Glitters, the Southern Graphics Council International 2018 Juried Member Exhibition to be shown at Bally’s Las Vegas during the annual conference in April.

Liz had a blast serving as one of the judges for the Iron Print competition at Mass Art. Organized by Carolyn Muskat, this fun-filled marathon day of printing invites teams from Boston area colleges to compete to combine lithography, intaglio, relief and silkscreen into an edition of prints with an added mystery box of ingredients.

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