2022 Delta National Small Prints Expo Purchase Rewards Announced – NEA Report

JONESBORO — The 26th annual Delta National Small Prints Exhibition (DNSPE) opened Thursday night at Arkansas State University’s Bradbury Art Museum (BAM) with a public reception for artists and patrons, according to BAM director Garry Holstein.

Miranda K. Metcalf, a jury member for the 2022 exhibition, reviewed applications from artists in the United States and beyond. She saw the title, medium, dimensions, and statement associated with each print, but not the artist’s name or residency.

Metcalf, founder and host of “Hello, Print Friend,” a weekly podcast, selected the prints to be included in the exhibition and also determined which artists would receive purchase prizes, with their work being part of the permanent collection of A-State. Others received sponsorship prizes.

A color catalog of the entire exhibition is available to visitors and artists.

“DNSPE serves as a record of traditions and innovations in the field of printmaking. Looking collectively at the works over the years, we see the changing parameters of the printmaking field,” Holstein said in its director’s statement. “In individual artists, we see their consistent vision as their art progresses over the decades. This year allows us to find three of the artists who won the purchase prizes of the inaugural exhibition.

Prize-winning entries for purchase include (in alphabetical order of artist’s last name):

• Dr. Mitzi Scotten Purchase Award (in honor of Bert Henry Shubert): “Death and the Engraver”, 2021, engraving, by David Avery.

• Lindquist Purchase Price (underwritten by Chucki and Curt Bradbury Jr. of Little Rock): “Robin”, 2020, drypoint/mezzotint, hand colored on plexiglass, with linoleum, by Janet Badger.

• Dr. Mitzi Scotten Purchase Award (in honor of Bert Henry Shubert): “Undocumented”, 2020, linocut on BFK Rives paper, by Carlos Barberena.

• College of Liberal Arts and Communication Purchase Award (underwritten by Dr. Carl Cates of Jonesboro and Dr. Gina Hogue of Bay): “Some Things are Best Forgotten,” 2020, lithograph, by Michael Barnes.

• Chancellor’s Purchase Award (underwritten by Beth and Dr. Kelly Damphousse of Jonesboro): “Roadkill Diaries Entry 06: Claw Your Way Out of the Abyss”, 2021, soft and hard engraving with mezzotint, human hair monotype and relief, by Stéphanie Berry.

• Drs. Phyllis and Warren Skaug Purchase Price (underwritten by Drs. Phyllis and Warren Skaug of Jonesboro): “Memory MH,” 2021, etching, watercolor, by Kate Borcherding.

• Chucki Bradbury Art Purchase Award (supported by a special endowment in honor of Chucki Bradbury): “Balancing Act”, 2020, lithograph, relief, by Robert Creighton.

• The Christensen Excellence in Art Purchase Award (underwritten by Julie Bates of Little Rock): “Watership Down”, 2021, print on linoleum on paper, by Sarah Dogdal.

Eric & Delanie Atchison Purchase Award (underwritten by Eric & Delanie Atchison of Little Rock): “Kissing Through Windows”, 2021, lithograph, screenprint, intaglio, by Jacob Gibson.

• Cheryl Wall Trimarchi Purchase Award (in honor of her daughters, Stephanie Trimarchi Giesecke and Felicia Trimarchi Hart): “Seeing the Unseen”, 2021, intaglio and chine-collé, by Yuji Hiratsuka.

• President’s Purchase Price (underwritten by Mandy and Dr. Charles Welch of Little Rock): “Cicada no. II. », 2019, woodcut, by Ryan Horvath.

This year’s exhibit includes 13 Cultural Steward Purchase Awards in recognition of organizations and individuals who have particularly supported the Delta National Small Prints exhibit. They are as follows, in alphabetical order by artist.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (dedicated to the Windgate Foundation): “Convergence”, 2021, mezzotint, by Jayne Reid Jackson.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (dedicated to the Windgate Foundation): “Circus Orbis Dimensional Showcard Mabelle”, 2021, lithographic pop-up book, by Beauvais Lyons.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (dedicated to the Kays Foundation): “Brunch”, 2021, lithograph, by Michael Miller.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of Mary Kathleen and James William Pardew Jr. of Fairfax Station, Va.): “King of the Grill”, 2021, photogravure, by Daniella Napolitano.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder Evan Lindquist): “Floating Heart”, 2021, intaglio (simultaneous intaglio printing), by Akemi Ohira.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder, Jan Bennett Arant): “Court Square Diner”, 2021, line engraving, by DeAnn L. Prosia.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of the founder of the DNSPE, Dr. Ruth Hawkins): “Y Tú / And You”, 2019, drypoint on plexiglass, by Beatriz Rodriguez.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder John Salvest): “Manifested”, 2021, mokuhanga, by Benjamin Selby.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder Dr. Russ Shain): “Portrait of the Artist’s Dog, Chester: Dog Scents”, 2019, woodcut, linocut, lithograph, by Mark Sisson.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder Dr. William Allen): “Sue,” 2019, multi-layered woodcut, by Joseph Skinner.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder Bill Rowe): “La Danse”, 2021, lithograph, by Junli Song.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE Founder Curtis Steele): “Talon Show,” 2021, color mezzotint, line etching, chisel etching, by Carol Wax.

• Cultural Steward Purchase Award (in honor of DNSPE founder Dr. Charlott Jones): “From the Ground Up”, 2020, multi-plate etching, by Brandon Williams.

The sponsorship prizes this year are as follows:

• Friends of BAM Merit Award (underwritten by Randy Hembrey), “Fever Dancing in Old Days”, 2021, digital print and partial hand painting, by Dan Obana.

• Friends of BAM Merit Award (underwritten by Dr. Katherine Baker of Jonesboro), “Porcelain Flowers with The Hague”, 2021, relief on 3-D lenticular support, by Mary Ann Strandell.

• Curtis Steele Merit Award (underwritten by Curtis Steele of Jonesboro), “Pinaskwi ~ Butterfly Dancer”, 2021, mezzotint, by Linda Whitney.

• BAM Staff Merit Award, “Then IV”, 2020, mezzotint engraving, by Cleo Wilkinson.

The Delta National Small Prints exhibit continues through Wednesday, March 30.

Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. BAM is located at the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr. Admission is free. For more details, the museum can be contacted at (870) 972-3687.

The featured image: Robin, 2020,
drypoint/mezzotint, hand colored on plexiglas, with linoleum, by Janet Badger.

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