ISU College of Design to host postcard print and juried student exhibition, silent auction Nov. 30-Dec. 4


The show features original prints by 421 artists from 32 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and eight other countries. Photo by Alison Weidemann.

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Print Society will host "{hero[(in)e]}: 15th Annual International Postcard Print Exchange and Juried Student Exhibition" and silent auction Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at the ISU College of Design.

Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 181, located on the first floor of the College of Design building on the west side of the Iowa State campus. Admission is free.

Prints are for sale through a bidding process described in the gallery. Proceeds help University Print Society student members attend national printmaking conferences. Photo by Alison Weidemann.
"Lessons in the Garden" (serigraphy) postcard print by Kathy L. McGhee.

The show features original prints by 421 artists from 32 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and eight other countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Printmakers from around the world were invited to send 13 original, identical 4x6 prints in response to this year's theme, "{hero[(in)e]}." Artists could interpret the theme in any way they wished.

Eligible methods included any editionable printmaking technique (woodcuts, litho, intaglio, relief, photography, silkscreen, digital printmaking, etc.) Prints were to be stamped and mailed separately as postcards, so they would bear the markings of travel and the postal service.

"During this time of fear over 'the other' and policy discussions regarding the closing of our borders to those in need, it's refreshing to find that through art we can reach around the world and celebrate our common humanity," said April Katz, professor of art and visual culture and University Print Society faculty adviser.

Silent Auction
Every artist who submitted prints received 12 different prints from other artists in return (hence the "exchange"). The University Print Society kept one print from each artist for its own collection. These are the prints that will be on display as a part of the exhibition and available for bid in the silent auction.

Bidding starts at $5 per print. The process ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Winners will be notified by email and arrangements will be made for them to pick up their prints the following week. Proceeds help students attend national printmaking conferences.

"All Day Prep" (relief, coffee, lithography, colored pencil) by Holly Hazelton, a sophomore in integrated studio arts from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Juried Student Exhibition
New this year is a juried exhibition of student work with the same theme as the postcard print exchange. Juror Letitia Kenemer, Workspace and fine arts coordinator for the Iowa State Memorial Union, selected 18 works from 42 submissions by College of Design students. Accepted work includes ceramics, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints and wood entries.

Jordan Luckow, Integrated Studio Arts senior and University Print Society president,
April Katz, Art and Visual Culture and University Print Society faculty adviser, (515) 294-3363,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,