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January 2019 newsletter

Highlights from the Fall

What's Happening Now

What's Coming Up


Member and Faculty News


Highlights from the Fall

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Editions/Artists' Book Fair

We were proud to be included in the 2018 Editions/Artist Book Fair in NY. It was a busy week of sharing artist books and portfolios. Kevin, Esther and Liz had many wonderful print conversations and made several great sales - the New York Public Library purchased a suite of monoprints entitled “Iceland Horizons” by Edda Sigurdardottir, and the artist's book “Of Thin Ice” by Tekla McInerney. Anne Beresford's boxed suite of 1,000 lies in a Trump cigar box entitled “The Best” was sold to the Art Gallery of Ontario. And Maya Malachowski Bajak's portfolio of etchings, “Lo Construido” went to Goods for the Study, NYC. In addition individual prints by Judith Bowerman, Joyce Silverstone, Meredith Broberg and Kevin Pomerleau went to private collectors. See these pieces and all of the work we took to the fair here. A highlight of going to this fair for a number of years is the chance to visit with the other vendors and talk shop with wonderful print shops and publishers.

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The Space Between Two: the 2018 Zea Mays Printmaking Biennial

The 2018 Zea Mays Printmaking Biennial at the A.P.E. Ltd. received a lot of positive feedback throughout the month of October. The theme for this show was "The Space Between Two". Our artists interpreted the idea in stunning and imaginative ways. On view were print "boats", artist's books, sculptural prints, and more traditional works on paper. This year's Biennial was dedicated to Gordon Thorne, founder of APE and supporting angel to Zea Mays Printmaking.

We look forward to our next Biennial and thank eveyone who helped this fabulous event go so smoothly.


Artist in residence Roberta Feoli

An Emissary from Venice, Italy

Roberta Feoli, shop manager and teacher at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in Venice, Italy joined us at Zea Mays Printmaking as part of a trip to the USA sponsored by the Boston Printmakers. Roberta came to visit studios and schools around New England as well as the New York Print Fairs. At the end of her visit Roberta spent a week in residence at Zea Mays Printmaking to learn everything she could about etching safely. Liz Chalfin introduced her to etching with BIG ground, soy wax ground, acrylic airbrush aquatint and more. She was a fantastic student and hopes to bring all of these techniques back to the Scuola to implement there. Her vivacious personality was a real treat and many members benefitted from her impromptu critiques and brilliant conversations. It was a shear joy to host her and we look forward to a return visit. Special thanks to Catherine Kernan, Liz Shepherd, Carolyn Muskat and Renee Covalucci of Boston Printmakers for making this happen!

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Artists in residence

This Fall we welcomed artists from far and wide, including...
- Alexandria Canchola - Texas
- Randi Reiss-McCormack - Maryland
- Cody Mack - Massachusetts
- Fenneke Wolters-Sinke - Scotland
- Hannah Smith - Massachusetts
- Emily Adams - Washington
- Katherine Kreisher - New York

They made etchings, collagraphs, experimental glass etchings and polymer prints while living in our studio. For more information about our residency program visit our website, follow us on Instagram to see all the interesting work being produced in the studio!


What's Happening Now

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Studio director Liz Chalfin will be traveling to Johannesburg, SA in January. Liz has been invited to Artist Proof Studio to do a residency and teach a workshop for the teachers and printers at APS. Her trip is sponsored in part by a travel grant from The Arts International Residency, Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass, Amherst, the BJ Goodwin Fund of the Northampton Arts Council, the Northampton Arts Council and the Mass Cultural Council and Zea Mays Printmaking. Liz will also be visiting artist studios in Johannesburg and The Artist’s Press in White River, SA, a print studio with a dedication to environmentally responsible work and living. She will keep a blog of her adventure and present a lecture/slide show upon her return. Dates tba. Thanks go to many, especially Carolyn Muskat, and Rhoda Rosenberg for connecting Zea Mays and Artist Proof.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workspace Grant

Zea Mays Printmaking is the proud recipient of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Collaborative Workspace Grant. ZMP received the grant to update the heating/air conditioning in the studio, add a washer/dryer to the AIR apartment, update the screen printing studio and refurbish and furnish our new Vandercook 4 press. We are beyond thrilled to be recognized by our state for the work we do and the creative community we have built. Construction will take place this winter, hopefully without too much studio disruption.

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Flat File 2019

There's a whole new body of work in the ZMP Flat File. Over 500 new prints by studio members were curated into the Flat File in December. The work can be previewed on our website (updates are imminent!) and viewed in person at the studio. Call or email to make an appointment to come see the latest and greatest from our members.

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Intern Updates

Our interns Zoe Dong and Megan Ogden have been hard at work looking into alternative grounds for etching. Their first series of experiments examined the use of the Zea Mays Printmaking stop out as a hard ground. The second experiment examined the possibility of using bio plastics as an etching resist. They researched how to make bio plastics and attempted several recipes. As it happens, sometimes our experiments are not so successful. Their attempts to make a bio plastic liquid ground that would replace some of the acrylics we’ve grown accustomed to using have run into challenges around solubility in water. You can see their experiments to date on our website. If anyone out there has ventured into this terrain and has input, please get in touch!


What's to come

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2019 Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Fellowship

**Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a subsidized fellowship for a 2-week residency in the private studio within our printmaking studio to one printmaker who demonstrates artistic excellence, a love of printmaking and the intention of future achievement in the field of safer and non-toxic printmaking.

Open to all printmakers who are working without solvents or committed to converting from traditional methods to sustainable practices.

Applications deadline: February 1, 2019

Info and application here

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A Green Dream? International Symposium on Safer Printmaking Kanazawa, Japan

Studio director Liz Chalfin has been invited to speak and demo at this exciting symposium happening from March 8-10, 2019. It will be the first of its kind in Japan and will feature talks and demonstrations by international printmakers who have all been working with safer methods for many years. Organized by Shichio MINATO and Marnix EVERAERT, and featuring Friedhard KIEKEBEN (Columbia Collage, Chicago, USA /, Marnix EVERAERT (Academy for Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium), Makoto DOI (Studio Kitayama, Kyoto, Japan), Shichio MINATO (University of Fukui, Japan) and Atshuhiko MUSHASHI (Seika University, Kyoto, Japan) and Liz Chalfin (Zea Mays Printmaking, USA) the symposium will bring a theoretical view upon the subject of "green" printmaking.
Safer and more sustainable printmaking goes far beyond new techniques and material, it’s also having an impact on the way we think about the nature of printmaking. Is ‘non-toxic’ printmaking opposing traditional ways of working? Why is there opposition? Is this ‘green way’ as ‘green’ as it pretends to be? Should ‘non-toxic’ be the way printmaking is taught in schools, studios, and residencies…? Join us in Japan and be part of the dialogue!

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"Second Nature" in the Sanford Gallery

Second Nature: Zea Mays Printmaking Exhibition Committee pt. 1 presents the work of the people who labor behind the scenes to bring numerous exhibition opportunities to our community. The artists included in this show are Lynn Peterfreund, Larinda Meade, Jenny Gover, Frank Ozereko, Nancy Haver, Kate Jenkins, Sallie Ketcham, Pam Crawford, Liz Chalfin. Part 2 will feature the rest of the wonderful committee and run during the month of May.


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Summer Intensive Workshops

Bringing back old favorites and adding new ones: These fill quickly!

-Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio, July 1-20. Now in it's fifth year, our 21 day intensive teaching everything we know about safer etching.

-Advanced Multi-plate Color Etching, July 29 - August 2. This new, week-long intensive will offer participants a chance to make a complex color etching with the expert guidance of Louise Kohrman and Zea Mays Printmaking staff support.

▪ Monotype Improvisation Intensive, June 25-29. Joyce Silverstone returns for another full week of everything monotype!
▪ Photopolymer intensive, August 5-10. A in-depth exploration of the intersection of photography and printmaking.
▪ Japanese Waterbased Woodcut (Moku Hanga) Intensive, August 13-17. Annie Bissett returns for a week of carving and printing!
Monotype Improvisation Intensive, June 25-29. Joyce Silverstone returns for another full week of everything monotype!
Photopolymer intensive, August 5-10. A in-depth exploration of the intersection of photography and printmaking.
Japanese Waterbased Woodcut (Moku Hanga) Intensive, August 13-17. Annie Bissett returns for a week of carving and printing!

Registration for all of the intensive, plus all of other Spring and Summer workshops is open now.




All professional artists are invited to participate in Galleri Heike’s annual Open Call Mini Prints Berlin. The artists featuring in this exhibition present a broad range of different graphics techniques and styles, covering traditional techniques such as woodcut, etching, and mezzotint, as well as exploring modern methods enabled by the digital development. With global influences, the show guarantees an intriguing experience depicting stories on both an individual and a common level. The strength of this exhibition lies in its sensitive versatility, technical skills and storytelling. It is also the perfect opportunity to develop your network within graphic art connecting you to many other Nordic and German-based artists.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

Artlink is pleased to present the 39th National Print Exhibition. This juried exhibition will feature contemporary printmakers working in all printmaking mediums, including intaglio, lithographs, relief, screenprints, monoprints, letterpress, artist books, digital prints and print installations. Prints must have been created within the last two years and not have been previously exhibited at Artlink. Reproduction prints will not be accepted.
Application deadline: January 25, 2019

Gormley Gallery at Notre Dame of Maryland University is now accepting entries for the 30th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition. The juror for the 2019 exhibition is Ginevra Shay, former Artistic Director of The Contemporary. The show will run from March 18 through April 26, 2019. More information is on the gallery webpage accessible via the "External Link" below. Entries may be submitted on SlideRoom. Awards: A minimum of $1,500 available in purchase prize money.
Application deadline: 01/15/2019

12th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2019
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is delighted to announce the 12th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition. This juried competition and exhibition, limited to works that are no more than four square inches (25.8 square cm), encourages artists to explore the miniature print format and provides them with an opportunity for exhibition. It is also an opportunity for artists and the public to view the current concerns of printmakers from around the world. Since its inception in 1997, the competition has attracted entries by more than 1500 artists from around the world and across the U.S.A.
Application deadline: 3/9/2019

The Atlanta Print Biennial is an international juried exhibition
open to all artists working in hand-pulled printmaking processes. Purchase awards and prizes will be given. The exhibit is organized by Atlanta Printmakers Studio and hosted by Kai Lin Art, a contemporary art gallery located in the vibrant Westside District of Midtown Atlanta, GA. This year’s juror is Eun Lee. Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and has had many roles in academia and service. She was the program coordinator for the printmaking minor at SCAD in Savannah and served as the Conference Coordinator of SGC International, the largest printmaking organization in North America. Also during her tenure with SGCI, she has served as President, Vice President of External Affairs, Chair of the Nominations Committee, Chair of the Awards Committee and Student Representative. She has also served the prior SGEO organization as President and Vice President. Eun received her MFA from the University of Notre Dame and her BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Application Deadline: January 14, 2019

Collaborative Project on Migration
As a natural process migration brings to mind compelling images of caribou herds, butterfly swarms and flocks of birds. An annual ritual following the seasons that sustains these populations and supports others, connecting flora and fauna. There are also migrations that occur as reactions to disasters, from crisis, fear, hunger, political upheaval or war, with whole populations suddenly becoming refugees, endangered, homeless, and immigrant. The impact of change and transition on the environment, on culture, language and on history, is an eternal process that begins with the process of migration. Each participating artist is asked to create a 15” right-angle triangular print. These triangles will be pieced together, regardless of orientation, to create one large mosaic print. It is hoped this collaboration will explore this innovative creative participation as well as present visually the conceptual migration of themes and ideas, interactions and interpretations, as the individual becomes part of the whole. To Participate: This project will be an ongoing traveling exhibition with various venues, beginning with the 2019 SGCI at University of North Texas, Denton at UNT Union Gallery, March 1st-15th, 2019.
Deadline: February 8th, 2019

The Morgan Conservatory's 7th juried exhibition

The Morgan Conservatory's seventh Juried Exhibition is open to all artists living in United States. All submitted work must be original and completed within the past three years. Only artwork consisting of at least 50% paper is eligible. Dimensions must not exceed 60 inches in any direction. Each artist is welcome to submit up to 2 entries. Artwork must be wired and framed (if media applicable) and ready to hang (no saw-tooth hangers), or come with hanging directions.
Deadline: February 3, 2019


Member News

"Gateway: Prints by Helen Schmidt and Joan Dix Blair", Sanford Gallery @ Zea Mays Printmaking, Feb.1-28, 2019

Kevin Pomerleau will have seven works featured in the 11th International Biennial of Contemporary Prints in Trois-Rivières, Canada and two works featured in the Ille Arts Holiday show running through February.

Flyover: Prints & Artist's Books by Amanda Maciuba
Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library , 20 West St, Northampton MA 01060
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 12th, 2-3pm
Reception:Saturday, January 26th, 2-4pm


Faculty News

Attention artists in Maryland, New Hampshire and Colorado! Lyell Castonguay's BIG INK will be facilitating large-scale woodblock printing events at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (deadline Jan 21), 3S Artspace (deadline Mar 25), and Red Delicious Press (deadline Apr 1). It is free to submit your image proposal for consideration; accepted artists pay $300 to participate. This includes: access to BIG INK’s video course leading up to the event, paper, ink, cleaning supplies, studio equipment usage, BIG INK’s technical expertise during the event and photography of the finished work after the event. BIG INK has collaborated with artists working in all mediums, from those emerging to established in their careers. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other regional artists while working in a creatively engaging space. Please visit to learn more.

Esther S White invites you to her solo exhibition "DEAL WITH IT" at the Geissler Gallery, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Rd, Greenfield, MA. Artist's talk: Thursday, January 10, 7:00pm; Opening reception: Friday, January 11, 5:30-7:00pm. January 10 - February 14; with gallery hours M-F 9am - 4pm.

Several of Liz Chalfin's photo etchings will be included in the Winter Group 2019 Show at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, VT. January 12 - February 24. Opening reception, Saturday, January 12, 5-7 PM


For Sale


Dwight Pogue, Professor Emeritus of Art at Smith College, has retired and is selling a few things he is no longer in need of.

▪ Two new zinc plates: 31 and 3/8” x 39 ½” x one eighth inch thick (11 gauge). $100. Each.
▪ LIGHT TABLE Custom made using frosted Lexan type plastic that resists scratches and will not break or shatter. Perfect condition. 49 ½ by 61 ½ inches. Height 30 inches not including 5 ¾ inch swivel castors (lockable). Ideal for aligning Rubylith cut films, drawings on frosted Mylar, film positives, etc. $250.
▪ PAPER: Most of a roll of Arches Cover paper 42 inches by 100 feet. 300 grams. $200.
Two new zinc plates: 31 and 3/8” x 39 ½” x one eighth inch thick (11 gauge). $100. Each.
LIGHT TABLE Custom made using frosted Lexan type plastic that resists scratches and will not break or shatter. Perfect condition. 49 ½ by 61 ½ inches. Height 30 inches not including 5 ¾ inch swivel castors (lockable). Ideal for aligning Rubylith cut films, drawings on frosted Mylar, film positives, etc. $250.
PAPER: Most of a roll of Arches Cover paper 42 inches by 100 feet. 300 grams. $200.

Contact Dwight directly at:

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