Women's Printmaking Invitational 2022

Rubber City Prints is excited to launch the Women’s Printmaking Invitational 2022, hosted by Kent State University at Stark. Now, more than ever, women command the fine art printmaking field and deserve to have their unique perspectives showcased. The goal of this exhibition is to highlight women printmakers and give them a space to connect and support each other. Their voices may express a diverse range of imagery, content, and processes, but they are united by their shared experience of being a woman in the once male-dominated world of printmaking.

 

Rubber City Prints was started by a group of women printmakers from Kent State University who were about to lose their studios because they would be graduating. It was their goal, and RCP’s mission, to offer local artists the facilities and opportunities needed for the art community to thrive in downtown Akron, Ohio. 

 

We are excited to have Erica Criss, an original founder of RCP and MFA graduate of Kent State University, as our curator for this exhibition. For the past 10 years, Criss has worked in New York City in the non-profit art sector across functions such as program development, operations, exhibition development, and fundraising. She has produced dozens of exhibitions, nationally and internationally, most notably, the NY International Miniature Print Exhibition and the Print Effect: Small Works/Big Impact. Criss also curated Divergent Ink. She continues to support artists and nonprofits through her consulting business, CRISS Collaborations.

You’re Invited!

Congratulations! You have been hand selected to be a part of this exhibition of amazing women artists. 

 

  • 20% of all art sales will be donated to scholarships for women artists at Kent State University at Stark

  • A minimum of 2 prints must be entered but you are invited to enter up to 5.

  • For this invitational, artists may enter work that best represents themselves. Artists are encouraged to enter their most exceptional work. 

  • The curator may have already / may be in touch to discuss works she'd like to have for this exhibition.

  • All artists are guaranteed to be in the exhibition but the works are subject to the curator’s edits and it is not guaranteed all works entered will be accepted. 

 

You’ve been invited! Now what?

  • Please confirm that you will accept the invitation no later than Monday, October 25th. Confirm above.  

  • By accepting the invitation, you commit to participate in the exhibition and follow all requirements and guidelines as outlined below. 

 

Fee:

  • There is a suggested donation of $5 per entry to help to support Rubber City Prints and their exhibition program.

 

Important dates:

Artist confirmation due: Monday, October 25

Online entry of works due: Tuesday, November 30

Curators notify artists of accepted works: Monday, December 13

Work must be at KSU Gallery: Tuesday, January 18

Exhibition dates: February 9 - March 4, 2022

Virtual gallery Tour & Talk with the artists and curator: TBD

 

How to enter / Image size:

  • Artists must upload all artworks through the online form. Click "Enter Here" above.

  • Artists must upload a short bio (250 words) and artist statement (350 words) through the online form. 

  • Images should be in JPEG format

  • A minimum resolution of 1500 pixels in the longest direction

  • File should not exceed 1 MB

  • Artists will be notified by Tuesday, November 30 as to which pieces have been accepted. 

 

Requirements / Eligibility:

  • All fine art printmaking mediums, including relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, monoprint, woodcut, letterpress, and risograph will be accepted. 

  • Mixed media work is allowed as long as it contains some form of printmaking.

  • Two-dimensional works are preferred.

  • There are no size limitations, but note, all works must arrive FLAT and UNFRAMED, whether shipping or delivering in person.

Delivery / Shipping:

Only mail accepted prints to the gallery.

 

Mail to:   Jack McWhorter

                   Fine Arts Building

                6000 Frank Ave. NW

                North Canton, OH 44720

 

  • Works must be shipped/delivered flat. Do not roll prints. Of course, work that is to be displayed rolled, like a scroll or work on fabric, is not subject to this rule. 

  • If you are hand delivering your work, you must still flat wrap your print or bring it in a portfolio (foam board is fine) so staff has a way to safely store your work between install and uninstall. Include your name and contact information on all of your drop off materials. 

  • If you are shipping your work, please use rigid materials that measure at least 2 inches wider than the artwork on all sides. This helps to prevent damage to corners. Please do not use excessive tissue. 

  • Consider materials like foam board, chipboard, non-corrugated cardboard, or rigid mailers if your work is small enough, when shipping or delivering. 

  • Feel free to include your business cards or promotional materials with your work.

Gallery:

  • The William J. and Pearle F. Lemmon Visiting Artist Gallery at KSU at Stark will take every precaution to handle work safely and with the utmost care. 

  • There will be a gallery attendant on site at all times during open hours of the gallery.

  • The gallery is not liable for damages that may occur during shipping or offsite.

  • The gallery will use t-pins, clips, and magnets to display work. Please indicate on the entry form any hanging instructions. For example: Do not use pins, clips or magnets only. 

  • The gallery will cover the cost of return shipping as long as artists ships using Fed Ex. If you cannot use Fed Ex then please include return shipping labels.

  • The exhibition will also be displayed online on RCP's website. 

 

Artwork / Sales:

  • With pencil, legibly write your name and title of work on the back of each print so we are sure to identify each piece correctly and can match it up with your online entry. If it is not possible to write on the back, please include a separate slip of paper that identifies each print. 

  • Works can be for sale, but are not required to be. Artists will retain 80% of their sale and 20% will be donated to the KSU at Stark scholarships program. 

  • Payments to artists will begin after the exhibition ends in March of 2022.

 

Contact:

Krista Rickert, Director, RCP     krista.rcp [at] gmail [dot] com

Erica Criss, Curator                   crisscollaborations [at] gmail [dot] com