The Turner Print Museum exhibition information:
Turner to Present 10th National Print Competition and Exhibition, January 27-February 22
The Janet Turner Print Museum, in collaboration with the University Art Gallery, presents the 10th Biennial Print Competition and Exhibition Monday, January 27 through Saturday, February 22.
This year’s juror for the competition is Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director for the Bowdoin Museum of Art, former associate curator of prints and drawings for the Smithsonian and president of the College Art Association. A juror’s talk will be held Thursday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall with a reception to follow at The Turner.
Started in 1995 by The Turner’s curator Catherine Sullivan, the National Print Competition and Exhibition was designed to raise the visibility of the CSU, Chico Turner Print Museum as a supporter and collector of the best in contemporary printmaking.
“As the Turner Print Museum is not geographically close to a major metropolitan area, the exhibition brings fresh art energy to the northern California region, a serious look at the interests of printmakers nationwide and a reflection on the nature of contemporary art and issues,” said Sullivan.
According to the submission guide, any artist working in and expanding printmaking as an art form is eligible to submit work. Guidelines for submissions require that the works be recent -- created within the past two years -- and may not have been previously awarded in the competition. The juror selects pieces that resonate with the audience, fit the specifics of the available gallery space, and represent the diversity of the exhibition.
Goodyear said she was looking forward to reviewing artwork that explored the question of, “What makes a print a print?” as well as pieces that show excellence in craftsmanship. “Pushing Boundaries” received 198 different works from 120 entrants from 32 different states. Only 45 artists were selected by Goodyear to be a part of the exhibition.
“2014 Pushing Boundaries/Expanding Horizons was chosen to target artists that might be working cross-disciplines, with non-traditional media or have time-based elements as part of their aesthetic,” said Sullivan.
The awards in the competition range from the “Turner Friends’ Solo Exhibition Award,” which includes $2,500 in funds for the winning artist to produce a solo exhibition at The Turner in 2015, to other cash and purchase awards. Goodyear will announce the awards during her juror’s talk.
The Turner Print Museum is located in CSU, Chico’s Meriam Library and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during exhibition dates. More information can be found online at The Turner’s website, www.janetturner.org. If you have a specific question about the exhibition or Turner Museum, please call 530-898-4476 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The website also has information for schools and groups wanting to book docent-lead tours.
Story by Anne Stanley, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant
Exhibiting artists in their studios: