Women's Printmaking Invitational 2022
curated by Erica Criss
February 9 - March 4, 2022
The William J. and Pearle F. Lemmon Visiting Artist Gallery at
Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue NW,
North Canton, OH 44720
Amy Silberkleit - Angela Pilgrim - Anita Hunt - Beth Fein - Beth Ganz - Cynthia Back
DeAnn Prosia - Jayne Reid Jackson - Jayoung Yoon - Jency Sekaran - Jennifer Mack Watkins - Joan Dix Blair
Karin Bruckner - Kathy Caraccio - Katie Commodore - Kirsten Flaherty - Kristie Valentine - Lauren Kussro
Linda Whitney - Meryl Engler - Nandini Chirimar - Phyllis Trout - Robin Dintiman - Taryn McMahon
Trisha Gupta - Valerie Dillon - Veronica CeCi
I am honored to present the first iteration of the Women’s Printmaking Invitational 2022. A printmaker myself, I have had the opportunity to work with many artists from Ohio to New York and it has been my experience that women are the commanding force in this field.
In order to more accurately represent the full breadth of contemporary printmaking, I deliberately chose a diverse group of artists who work in a variety of different processes, methods, and themes. They come from different backgrounds, communities, and career levels offering an array of perspectives. Considering that this exhibition would be on view at a university, I wanted to offer viewers not only inclusivity, but also amazing examples of printmaking and its trajectory.
Many of these artists have developed their own methods and techniques or became masters in their chosen process. Some have been lifelong educators and mentors while others are at the beginning of their careers. Within the diversity of the group, common threads emerge. The selected artists express the importance of our connection to nature, speak to social injustices, personal narratives, and to the printmaking process itself. It is here where connections are made and I aim to use this opportunity to facilitate those connections amongst the artists.