January 22, 2007

"Print is Print" Exhibit Promotes Safer Printmaking Practices

"Print is Print," an international exchange portfolio of non-toxic prints, will hang in the College Gallery at Western Nevada Community College Bristlecone Building, Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 16. This purpose of this exhibit, representing the work of 20 different artists from seven countries, is to expand the dialog for safer printmaking practices.

In "Print is Print," all of the artists have adopted contemporary, safer printmaking methods in place of traditional, more toxic processes. Processes employed include polyester plate lithography, water-based silkscreen, etching using ferric chloride in place of the more toxic nitric acid, prints using ImageOn film, and prints produced using a combination of these methods.

"In order to advance the idea that non-toxic methods of printmaking represent a viable alternative for art making, work must be produced which is not necessarily about the process, but about the images these processes are capable of producing," said Christine Nelson, one of the artists.

The portfolio includes both color and black and white prints produced on archival paper. Much of the paper used was Hahnemuhle Copperplate, donated by Atlantic Papers of Ivyland, Pa.

All the artists attended Keith Howard's non-toxic summer print workshops at the Canadian School for Non-toxic Printmaking in Alberta, Canada.

Press Release: September 13, 2006

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