Biennial 2019

Shelley Langdale,
Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings


Art Werger, The Act of Forgetting, Mezzotint, 12″ x 12″


Chad Nelson, Nine Nights II: Arboreal Requiem, Engraving and Watercolor, 24″ x 24″


Linda Whitney, Red Fancy Shawl Dancer, Mezzotint, 18″ x 12″


Paul Deruvo, Waiting, Drypoint and Engraving, 12″ x 9″


J. Leigh Garcia, April 6, 2018, Screenprint, 15″ x 11″


Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro, Facts are Stubborn Things, Monotype, screenprint, 32.5″ x 24″


Edward Bernstein, Refugee #2, archival inkjet, white ground, aquatint, 12″ x 9″


Dominique Vitali, Primordial Stew, plexiglass plate intaglio, stitching, 24″ x 18″


August 26 – September 29, 2019

Biennial Venue:
Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

Opening reception and events: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Juror’s Talk: 1pm
Public Reception:  2 – 5pm
Additional Events: TBA
Biennial Gallery Hours: TBA

About the Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial
Presenting the best in contemporary and traditional printmaking, the North American Print Biennial has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking.

Shelley R. Langdale is the President of the Print Council of America and the Park Family Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before her tenure in Philadelphia, she worked at the Fogg Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Over the years Langdale has organized and collaborated on an extraordinary range of exhibitions including: Battle of the Nudes: Pollaiuolo’s Renaissance Masterpiece; Popular, Pop & Post-Pop: Color Screenprints 1930s to Now; Edvard Munch’s Mermaid; and About Face and Place: 19th-century American Drawings. In 2010 she was a member of the curatorial team for the international contemporary art festival, Philagrafika held throughout the city of Philadelphia. Currently, she is curating an exhibition of the work of the last great ukiyo-e woodcut master, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1992), scheduled to open in spring of 2019 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns the largest collection of the artist’s prints outside of Japan. Although her interests are wide-ranging, she has always held a particular fascination for the history and development of materials and techniques and insights into artistic practice and intent that one can gain from a greater understanding of how objects are made.

Over $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. The Boston Printmakers’ purchase prizes are placed into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; and the Boston Printmakers Collection at the Boston Public Library. Additionally, this show generates a large number of sales through patron and public purchases.

2019 North American Print Biennial Prizes
Purchase Prizes:
The Boston Printmakers Prize
Collection: The Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

The Ture Bengtz Memorial Prize
Collection: The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

The Otis Philbrick Memorial Prize
Collection: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The 2019 Advocacy Award
Collection: The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
Artist receives cash award of $500; selected print donated to collection

Material Awards
Blick Art Materials, Galesburg, IL
Boxcar Press, Syracuse, NY
Center For Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
Constellation Studios, Lincoln, NE
Gamblin Artists Colors, Portland, OR
Hiromi Paper International, Santa Monica, CA
Legion Paper / Moab Paper, New York, NY
McClain’s Printmaking Supplies, King City, OR
Mixit Print Studio, Somerville, MA
Muskat Studios, Somerville, MA
Oehme Graphics, Steamboat Springs, CO
Savoir-Faire, Novato, CA
Shepherd and Maudsleigh Studio, West Newton, MA
Singer Editions, Boston, MA
Takach Press Corporation, Albuquerque, NM
Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA

Calendar 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Public Reception and Juror’s Talk
Sunday, September 29, 2019 Exhibition closes
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Pick up of hand delivered work at Wellesley College
October 8, 2019 Return of shipped work

A 35% commission will be charged on all sales. Artists must assume the expense and responsibility of supplying to purchasers any additional prints in the edition that may be sold. The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit organization that uses proceeds from commissions for exhibition expenses.

Every precaution will be taken in handling the prints accepted for the Biennial. Wellesley College will assume responsibility for those works chosen for exhibition from the time they are delivered to the gallery until they are picked by the artist or shipper. Artwork in the gallery will be insured for 35% less than the selling price. Artists must insure their work while in transit to and from the exhibition. The Boston Printmakers assumes no responsibility in case of loss or damage to submitted or accepted works.

Filing of the entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions set forth in the prospectus, including permission to use images of the exhibited work in print or online media for promotional, educational, or archival purposes and for the creation of a catalog of the exhibit.

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