June 2019 newsletter

Highlights from the Spring

What's Happening Now

What's Coming Up


Member and Faculty News


Highlights from the Spring

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Community meeting on Toxicity

Studio Director Liz Chalfin returned from the symposium The Green Dream? in Kanazawa, Japan with new information about health and safety in printmaking and a renewed desire to create an informative, transparent system for disseminating this information. She called a community meeting of ZMP members on April 13th and began a dialogue that will continue for months and years to come. An outcome of the meeting is a “toxicity working group” made up of interested studio members. The working group is charged with outlining strategies for pulling together information about the safety of working with various printmaking materials, creating a universal labeling system, updating our studio to be a model and determining best practices for disseminating this information. We are looking forward to the projects that come out of the working group and encourage printmakers world wide to contact us and become a part of this process.

Gildo Soares

Gildo Soares

A successful show at the Augustas Savage Gallery

Prints from Artist Proof Studio was on view from April 30th to May 9th finishing with a talk given by Zea Mays Printmaking's director, Liz Chalfin. Liz shared her experience at Artist Proof Studio in South Africa and her impromptu opportunity to work with William Kentridge. The exhibition consisted of work made by teachers, students, and master printers from Artist Proof Studio. It is with great pleasure we can announce that many of the works were sold after Liz's talk. The remainder of the prints will be on view and available for purchase in the Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking throughout the month of August.

Printmaking in Johannesburg is supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Councils of Northampton and Amherst, the Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass Amherst and Zea Mays Printmaking.


Lola the Vandercook

Welcome Lola! Our new Vandercook 4 is all refurbished and ready to rock and roll. We’re excited to begin training our studio members to use this great letterpress and to host workshops beginning in the Fall. We’ll be making relief plates for the Vandercook in our studio and using the wooden type we currently have on hand. Thanks to former intern Nick Osetek and press master Joe Riedel for bringing Lola back from the brink of extinction and to John Bross for donating her to the studio.


What's Happening Now


In the Sanford Gallery @ ZMP

2017-18 Mentorship Program Graduate Exhibition

The artists in this exhibition have successfully completed the ZMP Artist Mentorship Program. Working closely together on a self-designed course, faculty mentors and mentees discuss how the program can provide a framework and direction for each individual artist. A mentor may provide hands-on demonstrations, printing assistance, critiques, editing help, assign readings or research, or recommend resources specific to the participant’s interest — helping the participant work toward and develop a focused project and deepening the experience of making, looking, and thinking about art.

Through June 28.

Artists in the exhibit:
Joan Wright - relief prints
Linda Yoshizawa - artist books
Rachel Gugler - monotypes
Victoria Jure - photopolymer intaglios
Amy Meltzer - monotypes

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artist in residence, Julie Crane

Artists in Residence

This summer we are looking forward to hosting several artists in residence. In June we welcome Jade Hoyer, Lynn Manos, Fran Valesco and Jennifer Scheuer. In July we look forward to visits from returning resident Robin Gibson and Fellowship winner Yasmina Malmsten. August will bring us Lilla Szekely. We’re excited to see what each of them engage with during their time at Zea Mays Printmaking.

We are currently accepting applications for 2020 residencies.


What's to come

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works by Marjorie Morgan and Edda Sigurdardottir

Artist Mentorship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 Artist Mentorship Program.

The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs a participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty mentor. Working closely together on a self-designed course, the mentor is there to guide the artist through technical and conceptual challenges, helping refine the artist’s eye and skill.

Past participants have come from near and far (Australia and Argentina!)

“I expected that my mentorship would be full of learning, but it was a glorious surprise to find how widely the process has ranged, and the unexpected directions it has taken. Each time my mentor and I meet, I leave with an armload of encouragement and ideas about pathways that my current work might be suggesting – a rich lode that I will be mining for years to come.
I also have been learning, with my mentor’s kind and impeccable insights into my process, that I don’t have to do everything all at once. I will be leaving my mentorship experience with resources, ideas, freedoms, and a sense of adventure that will sustain my practice well into the future. ” – Ann Miller (2018-19 mentee)

Read about more of their experiences here.

Questions? ask

Applications are due July 15th.


Workshops to come

This July we will offer our 5th Green Printmaking Certificate: Intaglio intensive. We’re pleased to be welcoming artists from Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Ohio and Massachusetts. We’re following up the program with a week-long Advanced Multi-Plate Color Etching workshop (July 29-August 2) for artists who want to create a multi-plate, color etching. There are still a couple of spaces left in this one. It’s an opportunity to put your etching skills to work to create a complex image, under the guidance of a master printer.

Our Fall workshops are starting to sprout up on the website. We'll be adding a couple more. They fill quickly!



Cuttingboard-Artwork “Odyssey”

Christopher Coltzau, a German printmaker/artist, is collecting new/used cutting boards from all around the world to repurpose them into woodblocks. Christpoher has been collecting cutting boards since 2015 amounting to about 220 boards to realize this special Artmonument of Peace. Christopher is keeping track of his progress and keeping those who have donated informed by documenting his process in “The Cutting Board Tribune”. If you would like to send Chistopher a chopping board or ask him more about the project, write to Christopher Coltzau, PO Box 1220,23807 Wahlstedt, Germany. To learn more about this project visit Christopher's website

The 2019 Western Massachusetts Visual Arts Biennial
OPEN CALL: May 15th - Aug 1st, 2019, 11:59 pm

The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2019 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 1st through October 30th, 2019. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to interpret the theme “From Seed to Fruition”, artists are asked to interpret this literally or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represents the artist’s personal artistic vision.

The Western Massachusetts Visual Arts Biennial is FREE to submit, and this years jurors include...
Visual Arts, Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The Clark Art Institute.

Poetry, include Nellie Prior, co-organizer of the Departure Reading Series; Karen Skolfield, poet laureate of Northampton; and spoken word poet Catherine Weiss, co-organizer of Northampton Poetry and founder of the community arts space, The Endopolis Poetry Room.

click here for more information and submission details

This exhibition will bring artists from all over the world to celebrate solarplate printmaking starting at the stunning Southampton Arts Center in Southampton, NY and then traveling in the months to come.
Submissions due before June 30, 2019

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.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019


Attention artists in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina! BIG INK will be facilitating large-scale woodblock printing events at Cultural Art Center (deadline 6/24), Hatch Show Print (deadline 7/8), Morean Arts Center (deadline 7/22) and Artspace Raleigh (deadline 8/26). It is free to submit your image proposal for consideration; accepted artists pay $300 to participate. Please visit to learn more.

The Print Center's 94th ANNUAL International Competition

The Print Center's ANNUAL International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process. Artists who use printmaking and/or photography as critical components of their work, or whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices, are encouraged to enter.
Deadline: JUNE 14, 2019
Fee: $45

Manhattan Graphics Center: 4th New York International Miniature Print Exhibition

The Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) announces its 4th juried competition and exhibition devoted to miniature prints. The 4th New York International Miniature Print Exhibition (NYIMPE) will take place from November 1-November 30, 2019 with an opening reception on November 2, 2019.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2019


Member News

Nancy Haver will be the 2019 artist in residence at Great Basin National Park, a scenic bit of Nevada which is home to the bristlecone pine--the oldest non-clonal life form on earth. She recently finished the backdrop murals for the new permanent exhibit at Historic Northampton.

Olwen OHerlihy Dowling is involved with a few exhibitions and events throughout the summer...

THE PAST IS PRESENT, Oils, watercolors, prints, June 1-30th, 20, Sandisfeild Art Center, Sandisield, Massachusetts
Opening Reception: Saturday June 1st 2-4pm

The Hilltown Open Studio, June 22 and 23 2019, 10am - 5 pm, Meander Timeless Backroads Olwen’s studio can be found at 322 East River Road in North Chester.

Kevin Pomerleau has seven prints in the Biennale internationale d'estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières. The show is open from June to September 2019 with an opening reception on June 16th in four venues throughout Trois-Rivières, Canada.

Pomerleau's work will also be featured in 'The Printing Ideas' book published by Ilex Press (Octopus Publishing) with a selection of artists curated by Lucy McGeown and Frances Stanfield of the London Drawing Group. The book is expected to be released in late summer 2019.

Pomerleau has also spent most of the year organizing the 2019 Western Massachusetts Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial. Visit the Northampton Arts Council website to see the jurors and theme for this years exhibition and consider submitting.

Vaune Trachtman’s work is featured in OD Review by Collier Brown: v4.2 / Vaune Trachtman: I Want to Make That Picture . Vaune will also have photopolymer-gravure Chine-collé work at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the Photo Historic exhibition, June 7th through July 27th.

Larinda Meade's print “Local Field” has been chosen to be included in an exhibition at the New England Cancer Center, Scarborough ME, April 15-June 30. Meade's Meandering Coast series is on display in “South Coast Impressions” at Art Scapes in New Bedford MA from May 17- July 24th. Three of Meade's prints have been accepted for the Maine College of Art’s COLLECT Art Sale, June 27-29. Four of Meade's prints will be included in the Prout’s Neck Annual Art Exhibition and Sale on July 26-28.

T. Klacsmann is honored to have been accepted as a new member of the Society of American Graphic Artists.

Anita Hunt has 3 etchings included in the international exhibition "Miniprint Zazanlak 2019". The exhibit is on display June 1-30 at the Fine Arts Gallery Kazanlak, Bulgaria, then travels to other venues through July.

Six prints of Erika Radich have been accepted in Keene State College’s
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery 2019 Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition. Artist Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 5-7. Closing Reception: Sunday, September 29, 3-5.

Judith Bowerman will open her studio during the Hilltown Open Studio Tour (HOST) on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Judith’s studio is located at 56 Willcutt Road in Cummington.

This second annual Open Studio Tour, organized by the Hilltown Arts Alliance, features thirty artists across five Hilltowns in Western Massachusetts. The participating artists engage in a variety of media and the tour encourages discussion of their work on both the technical and creative side. The tour is an admission-free event, but many of the artists will have work for sale. Meander timeless backroads, rolling hills, farms, forests and mountain streams as you make your way between studios. You may begin at any studio (locations and map on or at the Cummington Community House, 33 Main Street, Cummington, MA

Susan W. Rood is participating in the Northwest Connecticut Art Council's Open Your Eyes Studio Tour to be held on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th.Her studio is located at 345 Ramstein Road, New Hartford, CT

Carolyn Webb's print —What Was Scattered Gathers, v5—was selected for "New Prints 2019/Summer" at IPCNY, 508 W 26th St, 5th fl
New York, NY 10001. The exhibition was juried by Alison Saar and will take place July 11–September 28, 2019.

Anne Beresford will have an exhibition of recent prints and paintings(!) at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown this summer.
The show runs from July 19th until August 7th. Opening reception Friday night, July 19th 6 - 9 pm. [}(

Lyell Castonguay's work will be included in The Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial juried by Shelley R. Langdale. The exhibit, which features 100 local and national printmakers, will be on view Sept 8 - 29th at Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.

Terry Wise paintings to be shown at 510 Warren Street Gallery in Hudson, NY, in the collective gallery’s June Invitational Show from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 30.

Nancy Whitcher: Monotype “Marks" was awarded the Barbara Mortley Award at the 2019 CT+ 6 Exhibit April 28-June 9, 2019, monotype “andanother” juror selected for the 2019 Member’s Exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art - June 22-July 14, 2019, Monotype, “Evening” juror selected to show at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club in New Haven, CT May 11-June 15, 2019.


Faculty News

Annie Bissett’s woodblock print “Wildfire” will be included in the Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial, August 26-September 29, Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College.

Joyce Silverstone’s work is included in the beautiful new book, Singular and Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint by Catherine Kernan and Ashley Rooney. You can purchase the book here

Liz Chalfin is pleased to have a new artist's book included in The Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial juried by Shelley R. Langdale. The exhibit, which features 100 local and national printmakers, will be on view Sept 8 - 29th at Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. She is also thrilled to be represented by Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro, VT.

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