Printmaking exhibit emphasizes DIY

March 20, 2013 by  

The ‘DIY Printing Presses not Required’ exhibit is currently showing at the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) and is a celebration of printmakers who basically make their own rules – often using non-traditional printing methods to produce their works.

The exhibit features works from eight print collectives, 12 artists, and a selection of works from the MMAA permanent collection. Many of the prints on display combine traditional techniques, such as screen printing and relief printing, with more non-traditional methods. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try out some printing themselves.

There are a couple of events related to the exhibit also taking place in March. Katherina Eggers of Thirty Two magazine and Jason Wagner and Drew Burk of Universal Press will be talking about ‘Why printing on paper still matters’ this Friday, March 22, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The, later in the month, Cole Rogers of the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, along with Brian Hartley Sago, Jason Criscoe, and Caithlin Warner, will be talking about ‘Collaboration in the Studio’ on March 28 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

This exhibit will no doubt be of great interest to those in St. Paul who work for graphics design and printing companies, who may benefit from studying the techniques used in the hope that they can put it to use for their type of work.

DIY Printing Presses not Required is running at the MMAA until April 28. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday and admission is free.

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