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The Bradbury Art Museum will open the Delta National Small Prints exhibition on February 17

The Bradbury Art Museum will open the Delta National Small Prints exhibition on February 17

02/10/2022

JONESBORO – The Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) at Arkansas State University announces the 26th year of the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition (DNSPE), with the opening reception scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 17.

The exhibit continues through March 30 at BAM, located at the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr.

UPDATE: The purchase prices for this year’s DNSPE have been announced.

Founded in 1996 by Evan Lindquist, with the help of Jan Bennett Arant, Dr Ruth Hawkins, Dr Russ Shain, Dr Charlott Jones, Curtis Steele, Dr William Allen, Bill Rowe and John Salvest, the exhibition Delta National Small Prints is an annual juried print exhibition featuring prominent contemporary printmakers from around the world.

The DNSPE received great acclaim as it became one of the largest annual printmaking competitions in the country.

The Delta National Small Prints exhibit was created with students in mind. It is meant to be a resource for printmaking students and instructors to view and assess contemporary printmaking standards as they develop over time.

“It creates an environment for learning opportunities and creative thinking, promoting new ideas that push the boundaries of the medium,” noted Garry Holstein, director of the Bradbury Art Museum. “Furthermore, it is an outreach program that serves as a resource for the region, bringing attention to printmaking as a medium, but also sharing the variety of stories told by each individual piece.

There are few restrictions on the eligibility of this renowned print contest. Photographs are authorized in addition to prints in order to favor the image over the technique. Unusual approaches are encouraged – unique prints and digital images that are historically excluded from print exhibitions.

“It enables and encourages artists to push the boundaries of printmaking and creatively express themselves in new and groundbreaking ways,” Holstein added. “The range of images presented in DNSPE represent the spectrum of contemporary printmaking.”

Many artists work with traditional materials that require meticulous precision such as wood and metal engravings. On the opposite end of the printing spectrum, the digital and technological influence of photographic processes and digitized images presents itself more each year.

A jury reviews all DNSPE submissions and selects those to be exhibited. This year’s juror is Miranda Metcalf, founder and host of “Hello, Print Friend”, a podcast on contemporary printmaking. With an archive of over 100 episodes featuring artists and print advocates from at least 20 countries on 6 continents, Hello, Print Friend is the most comprehensive archive of print world interviews on the internet. .

Metcalf planted the seeds of her love of printmaking with five years as director of the Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Washington, before moving to Sydney, Australia, and working with Cicada Press.

“All the jurors seem to agree on one fact, which is that the selection process is very difficult. Looking at hundreds of impressions and narrowing the selection down to 55-60 in a few days is not a subtle undertaking,” said added BAM’s director, “Jurors continually comment on the wide variety of techniques and images from emerging and established artists that create insight into what’s happening technically and conceptually across the country.”

The original concept of DNSPE was developed around a dream of making Jonesboro an epicenter of art and culture. This has proven true in the growth of the extensive collection of contemporary prints from around the world.

BAM strives to give back to the artists who contribute to this exemplary exhibition by purchasing a large portion of the exhibition to add to their permanent collection, but this would not be possible without the support of patrons who offer purchase prizes and a support for the exhibition every year. This encapsulates the artwork and preserves its history for viewers and students to enjoy for years to come.

Each exhibit is represented in an annual catalog, documenting the story and including statements from each juror explaining their decision-making process.

DNSPE’s listening hours are 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free entry. For more information about Bradbury Art Museum or to find out how to support future exhibitions, one can call the museum at (870) 972-3687.