The Mid America Print Council Journal


The Mid America Print Council Journal features articles on the contemporary and historical context of printmaking, works on/of paper, drawing and book arts; essays examining the critical theory related to these media; and reviews of exhibitions and publications.
We welcome your proposals and submissions for upcoming publications.

Volume 25, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2016

Text & Image: Mining Traditions from Hogarth to Spiegelman

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Pg. 16 : Joseph Lupo
John Peña + Daily Geology
Multi-disciplinary artist John Peña of Pittsburgh, PA is author of Daily Geology, an autobiograpical comic featuring a pithy and brutally honest look at the absurdity and splendor of the lived experience.

Pg. 24 : Brendan Baylor
Wendy Red Star
Brendan Baylor reviews Wendy Red Star’s fascinating works from the exhibition Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum. This collection of works commenting on colonial gaze utilizes repurposed historical documentation transformed through collage, drawing, audio sampling, and other techniques.

Pg. 32 : Abbey Kleinert
Acts of Hope
“It’s hard to know what to do with messages of violence and fear,” writes Kleinert in response to a contemporary climate of injustice and miscommunication. Called to action by the wisdom of the screenprinting Nun, Corita Kent, and the shooting of Philando Castile, Kleinert worked collaboratively with a fellow graphic design graduate student to create a visual response to violence that considers context, color, texture, and transparency.

Pg. 38 : Ashton Ludden
“CCD”, copper engraving and aquatint with a la poupée, 9” x 7.75”, 2015

Pg. 39 : Rubén Villegas
“The Original Sin”, Screenprint, 7”x9”, 2016

Pg. 40 : Ken Wood
“Writ Large, I”, Relief, 44”x40”, 2016

Pg. 41 : Ashton Ludden
“Reap the Benefits”, relief engraving and screenprint, 11”x14”, 2015

Pg. 42 : Amze Emmons
Hacking the Archive
Emmons’ eloquent musings on the graphic and photographic works of Glenn Ligon, Erica Baum, R.L. Tillman, and Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman inspire thoughtful consideration on the roles of traditional printed media and digital means of communication in contemporary culture.

Pg. 50 : Joseph Lupo
Interview with Christopher Sperandio
Guest editor Joseph Lupo’s interview with Christopher Sperandio explores Sperandio’s process for creating comics like Pinko Joe, which combines his disappointment and anger “at the subversion of democracy by out-of-control capitalism” with his “love of old comics.” Sperandio emphasizes the importance of teaching effective communication, and the vital place that comics, as a medium that combines the use of images and text, plays in not only expressing ideas but in making us more receptive to the diverse world around us.

Pg. 58 : Ryan Standfest
Chopped-Up Figures in Boxes with Shapes Coming Out of Their Mouths: Comic Strip Poetics
Learning to draw through a study of comics and his daily dedication to craft, Standfest recounts the origin-story of his love for the comic in a voice so visceral, we wish to run to the nearest stack of comics and bury our face in that glorious scent of ink and old newspaper, gilded with breathtaking “miniature worlds” created through eloquent drawings and engaging narratives.

Volume 24, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2016

Printing Social Justice: Past, Present and Future

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Pg. 12 : Benjamin Rinehart
Reductive Woodcut Series

Pg. 18 : Corinne Teed
Print Relationality and Queer Aesthetics
Teed explores printmaking’s ability to give voice to marginalized identities, communities, and ideas, with particular focus on José Esteban Muñoz’s writings on queer theory.

Pg. 26 : Jessica Caponigro
A Very Condensed History of Women Printmakers in America
Caponigro presents an informative discussion on women in printmaking including how the medium allowed a hidden majority to create work from home, engage in collaboration, and find solace in the community of printmaking, which itself is often considered a “lesser” art in common historical discourse.

Pg. 34 : John Cizmar
“Hero Hubris”, Woodcut, 36” x 44”, 2015

Pg. 35 : Rachel Singel
“An Ode to My Mother”, Intaglio, 8” x 10”, 2016

Pg. 36 : Jordan Acker Anderson
Collapsing Me into We: Teaching Empathy Through Print and Collaboration
Anderson’s article highlights exciting project ideas for community-engaged printmaking courses that involve collaborations with groups ranging from large corporations to marginalized populations, all centered around studio learning objectives that emphasize empathy and awareness.

Pg. 46 : Guen Montgomery
National Mandate: Run, Hide, Fight
Montgomery takes us through the development and execution of an exciting performance art piece germinating from active shooter situations, including a discussion on her experiences of the successes and failures of the medium of performance as a communicative art form.

Pg. 54 : Ruthann Godollei
“History Lesson”, Screenprint, 2015

Pg. 56 : Ellen Jean Price
Interview with Saad Ghosn, Artist and Political Activist, Cincinnati
Price interviews Saad Ghosn, Cincinnati area artist and activist, to learn more about his organization, SOS ART, which “promotes the use of art as a vehicle for peace and justice.”

Volume 23, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2015

Evolution: From Education to Occupation

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Kristine Joy Mallari

Pg. 10 : Alexandra Iosub
Dear Prospective Student
Iosub gives sage advice and a thoughtful analysis into the realities of an academic training in art, with an encouraging conclusion to persevere.

Pg. 16 : Cat Snapp
Interview with Lynda Sherman and Myrna Keliher
Snapp provides an interesting perspective on the journey of each artist and how they started their own letterpress shops in the Northwest coastal region.

Pg. 32 : Laura Brown
Ten Years Out: Lessons Learned in the Space Between College and Graduate School
Brown retells of her scholastic journey in pursuit of a career in art, layered with reflective wisdom and guidance.

Pg. 40 : Benjamin Rinehart
Midwest Hustle
Rinehart takes the reader on the wave of freelancing, teaching, and operating Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop in conjunction with the print program at Lawrence University.

Pg. 50 : Susanna Crum
Brick by Brick: Creative Entrepreneurship After Graduation
Crum describes the challenging and rewarding experiences of managing Calliope Arts cooperative printmaking workspace, providing necessary access to Louisville artists.

Pg. 60 : Breanne Trammell
#HIREME #?
Trammell provides an annotated collection of personal experiences and disclosure advice for graduate students, post-grads, and human beings.

Pg. 70 : Blake and Hannah March Sanders
Licking the Platter
An inspiring read about the couple’s expedition in pursuit of art, with tenuous metaphors about collaboration and diversification and the exciting journey through artist/educator/laborer life.

Volume 23, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2015

The Global Print: practice, platform, and international springboard

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 22, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2014

Print Catalyst: Traditions and new forms for print language

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 22, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2014

Crossover: Interdisciplinary inquiry with the printed form

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 21, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2013

Printmaking as a form of social practice

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 21, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2013

Getting There: From Process to Content

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 20, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2012

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 20, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2012

RE: Print

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Pg. 4 : Letters from President & Co-Editors
Nancy Palmeri, Jennifer Ghormley, Anita Jung, & Joy Mallari

Pg. 6 : Contributors
Rene Arceo, Kavita Shah, April Vollmer, Robynn Smith, Ryan Standfest, & Rachel Singel

Pg. 8 : International Print Portfolios of Arceo Press, Chicago
Arceo Press nurtures themes that search and explore some new level of meaning, to excite artists and engage audiences, while being humanistic and culturally meaningful.

Pg. 10 : CHHAAP : Baroda Print Making Workshop
Kavita Shah shares her experiences as a printmaker, and how she initiated the establishment of a print studio in her hometown city of Baroda, India.

Pg. 12 : Connecting Through Printmaking : Mokuhanga & Japan
April Vollmer tells of her journey through travel and process, exploring new terrain and the mokuhanga technique.

Pg. 16 : The Lure of the Unknown
Robynn Smith links travel experiences to narrative through printed expressions that challenge the distinction between representation and abstraction.

Pg. 20 : Printmaking & Gardening : Growing Together
Rachel Singel reflects on the overlapping relationship and community involvement of making prints and nurturing a rewarding garden.

Pg. 24 : Macabre Populism from the Chosen Land
Ryan Standfest recounts the memory of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, and how Posada's culture of aesthetic continues to inspire contemporary print practice and activities.

Volume 19, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2011

Culture of Print

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Pg. 4 : Letter From The President
Jeremy Lundquist

Pg. 5 : Letter From The Editor
Lari Gibbons

Pg. 6 : Contributors

Pg. 8 : Saving An Endangered Language With New Wood Type

Pg. 11 : Looking Idyllic, Feeling Dystopic: Artists And Utopia

Pg. 15 : A Living Art: First International Mokuhanga Conference

Pg. 17 : Propaganda Prints

Pg. 18 : From Wichita To Nighthawk: A Tribute To E.C. Cunningham

Pg. 21 : Membership Form

Pg. 22 : American Print Alliance

Pg. 23 : MAPC Officers

Volume 19, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2011

Intersections

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Pg. 4 : Letter From The President
Jeremy Lundquist

Pg. 6 : Contributors

Pg. 8 : Techno-narcissism: A Printmaker’s Ordeal

Pg. 11 : Community Profile: Printmakers And Educators Today

Pg. 13 : Hidden Tracks

Pg. 14 : Ephemeral Glimpse

Pg. 15 : From Sketchbook To Press

Pg. 16 : Future Shock

Pg. 17 : Printopolis International Symposium On Printmaking

Pg. 20 : Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge

Pg. 21 : Membership Form

Pg. 23 : MAPC Officers

Volume 18, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2010

Milestones

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Pg. 4 : Letter from the Outgoing President
Charles Beneke

Pg. 4 : Letter from the Incoming President
Jeremy Lundquist

Pg. 4 : Letter from the Editor
Lari Gibbons

Pg. 6 : Contributors

Pg. 8 : New World / Old World : 2010 MAPC Biennial Conference

Pg. 11 : Croak Monsieur : A Frogmans Tale

Pg. 14 : Remaining President

Pg. 15 : Planning for the Unexpected

Pg. 16 : Printing Beyond the Plane, a Review of Prints : Now in 3-D!

Pg. 20 : Printmaking : A contemporary Perspective

Pg. 21 : Membership Form

Pg. 23 : MAPC Officers

Volume 18, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2010

Collaboration and Print

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Pg. 3 : Letter From The President
Charles Beneke

Pg. 5 : Contributors

Pg. 7 : Poetic Clashes and Midnight Suns : Dispatches From the 2009 Graphica Creativa

Pg. 12 : Ladies and Gentlemen, a brief history of The Printmakers Left

Pg. 15 : The Collaborative Community of Highpoint Press

Pg. 17 : Postcards from Lexiconia

Pg. 19 : Still Tight

Pg. 20 : Printmaking : A Complete Guide to Materials & Processes

Pg. 21 : Membership Form

Pg. 23 : MAPC Officers

Volume 17, Numbers 3 & 4 - Fall/Winter 2009

On Democracy and Print

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Pg. 3 : Letter From The President
Charles Beneke

Pg. 5 : Contributors

Pg. 7 : Printing Between The Spaces: Being a Contemporary Black Printmaker in South Africa
Vulindela Nyoni

Pg. 13 : Printmaking within a Spectrum of Production and Consumption
Kevin Haas

Pg. 15 : Poetry in Motion, Two Artists Hit the Road
John Hitchcock & Gregory Sale

Pg. 18 : And All I Wanted Was Flying Cars
Matthew Pazzol

Pg. 19 : The Unbearable Lightness of Digital
Tom Kacynski

Pg. 21 : Membership Form

Pg. 23 : MAPC Officers

Volume 17, Numbers 1 & 2 - Spring/Summer 2009

The Language and Syntax of Printmaking

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Pg. 3 : Letter From The President
Charles Beneke

Pg. 3 : Letter From The Editors
Mary Hood & Erik Waterkotte and contributors

Pg. 8 : Towards Theories of Printmaking
Dr. Kelly Donahue - Wallace

Pg. 14 : Map(ing) Documenting intersections
Whitney Korstange

Pg. 16 : Printmaking on the Edge
Jeremy Lundquist

Pg. 17 : New Directions in Type
Justin Quinn

Pg. 18 : In Memory of HC Cassill
Fred Hagstrom

Pg. 20 : Membership Form

Pg. 22 : MAPC Officers