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Washington Printmakers

August 22, 2013– October 19, 2013

Ron Meick, Unconstructed Thoughts of Image, 2013, Monoprint/Drypoint, 41.5” x 29” x .5”, Image courtesy of the artist.


As part of PrintHouston 2013, the Museum of Printing History presents Washington Printmakers, a membership exchange exhibition with PrintMatters. Bringing printmaking artists together, creating cross dialogue and exchange between Houston and D.C., the exhibition will consist of approximately 30 pieces representing figurative and abstract work. Jurors, Trudi Y. Ludwig’s and Andis Applewhite's, emphasis for the exhibit is to observe and to bring together the best work of the Washington Printmakers artists and to show individually and collectively the expertise and talent in traditional printing making techniques today.

Founded in 1985 by a dedicated group of local printmakers, Washington Printmakers Gallery has grown into the mid-Atlantic’s premier source for contemporary, artist-pulled prints. Today, WPG hosts a roster of 34 member printmakers, of which, about half have work presented in the self-titled show “Washington Printmakers.” All WPG artists are creating work—pulling their own prints in home-studios, where they teach, or cooperative art centers. In addition to being printmakers, many of these artists teach, write, sculpt, and paint, and are from across the country, with the majority of them being located close to the gallery, in Maryland or Virginia .

Washington Printmakers is juried by current member Trudi Y. Ludwig and former member Andis Applewhite. Trudi Y. Ludwig has had her work exhibited in numerous regional and national solo and juried shows. She currently teaches Art History and Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), following eight years of teaching in MICA’s Printmaking Department, and is the current artist in residence at the Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington , DC . Andis Applewhite is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, and a founding member of PrintMatters and PrintHouston. Her work has been exhibited across the nation. The works they have curated for this exhibition include a broad range of subject matter and style--large to small, aquatint to woodcut, abstract to figurative—the aim of which is to educate and inspire the viewer about hand-pulled prints; and goes to show that there is something for everyone in printmaking!


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