23RD National Small Print Exhibition now open
After a three-year break, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has welcomed the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition back to campus for its 23rd showing. More than 100 prints from locally and nationally known artists are now being shown through July 19 in the Fine Arts Gallery of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Admission is free and copies of many of the prints can be purchased.
Started in 1986 by then-UW-Parkside Art Professor Doug DeVinny, the print show continued through his retirement in 2009. While acknowledging DeVinny's "prodigious" legacy and his work to educate printmakers and print enthusiasts, Gallery Director Patricia Briggs said people will get a different view of the well-known exhibition this year.
"For 22 years, this exhibition was shown by stacking multiple rows of prints so that they could fit in the small gallery," Briggs said, referring to the former UW-Parkside Art Gallery. "Now, with a nearly 2,000 square foot gallery, the show will have room to spread out. And, because we now have multiple galleries, we are able to extend this popular exhibition through summer."
Briggs thanked this year's juror, UW-Madison Art Professor John Hitchcock, UW-Parkside graphic designer Cary Watters, and exhibition installer Glen Larson for their work on the show. Hitchcock examined more than 1,000 small prints (prints with no dimension exceeding 18 inches) and said "traditional printmaking is alive and well" in 2013.
"As I selected the works to be included...I considered both print quality and content and strove to include an overview of younger up-and-coming artists with a mix of established printmakers," Hitchcock said explaining his selection criteria. "I considered print quality, looking for skills in how each artist explored technique to create an energized print."
Three artists received cash awards for their prints: Lisette Chavez of Tucson, Ariz., won the $1,000 first prize for her hand-colored lithograph "Sleeping Queen;" Michelle Rozic of Valley Village, Calif., and Raeleen Kao of Chicago received $250 each for second place. Local artists in the exhibition are Dennis Bayuzick and Lisa Bigalke, both of Kenosha and the UW-Parkside Art Department, and Richard Berns of Racine.
Briggs said all but one of the pieces in this year's Parkside National Small Print Exhibition is available for purchase. The university keeps 20 percent of the sale price for scholarships and programing for students. The opening reception is April 6, 3-5 p.m.
The UW-Parkside galleries are open Mondays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesdays noon-8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays noon-6 p.m., and Saturdays noon-4 p.m. through May 18. Summer gallery hours are weekdays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.For more information, visit www.parksidegallerynews.com or call the UW-Parkside Fine Arts Office at 262-595-2457.