Contact: Carrie Corbett VP for Communications & Marketing
March 10, 2016
Memphis College of Art Printmaking Department to Host First Annual Print Palooza
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art’s Printmaking Club will open its doors to the public for the first annual Print Palooza on Saturday, March 19 from 2–6 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Print Palooza will give guests an inside look at the Printmaking department with a print sale, as well as studio tours and printmaking demonstrations that will take place at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Entry to the event is free and open to the public.
The print sale will feature over 200 reasonably priced prints in a wide variety of printmaking techniques including etching, screen print, lithography and mixed media. The prints come from the Printmaking department’s archives, and include work from student artists as well as professional artists like John Torina, Allison Smith and MCA Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Remy Miller.
At 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., guests will also have the opportunity to partake in 30-minute print studio tours, with demonstrations provided by current students Tania Cruz and Kelli Laderer.
Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Printmaking Club—specifically to assist in sending printmaking students to the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI), the largest annual printmaking conference in the world. A group of MCA students regularly attend the conference with Professor Maritza Dávila and, as a result of their attendance, have been invited to participate in additional opportunities. “In the past students who attend have been able to network, find jobs, receive invitations to assistantships and exhibitions, and apply to graduate schools,” said Dávila. “However, some students lack the financial resources to attend, especially when the conference takes place in more distant locations like San Francisco or Portland.” Funds raised from the sale will directly support student participation in this year’s conference, which takes place March 30–April 2 in Portland, Ore.
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