19th Annual Washington Printmakers’
National Small Works Competition and Exhibition
August 3-27, 2016
Reception and Awards, Saturday, August 13, 1–4pm
Winning prints selected by the competition jurors were on exhibit at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, August, 3-27, 2016. The grand-prize winner will be given a solo exhibit in 2017. Other prizes have been awarded.
The National Small Works Exhibition featured prints of 33 artists from across the United States. A variety of media including relief, intaglio, lithograph, digital print, photograph, solar plate, and silkscreen were included. The jurists, Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts and Christine Neptune of Neptune Fine Art, looked for mastery and variety of media, presentation, and compelling subject matter.
The reception for the 2016 National Small Works exhibit was on a very hot day in a string of 3-digit days, but the Washington Printmakers Gallery was cool and had a wonderful collection of prints on its walls. Five artists attended: Julia Vansell from San Juan Capistrano CA, Beth Trepper from Wilmington DE, Lee Newman from Adamstown MD, Cindi Lewis from Arlington VA, and Craig Morgan from Washington DC. Jurist Susan Calloway discussed the challenges of judging the show and particularly selecting winners. Thirty five people attended.
- Call-for-Entries closed on May 31, 2016.
We received 395 works from 109 artists.
- Jurying – June 1 through June 27, 2016
- Notification of acceptances – June 29, 2016
- Receipt of works – July 15 – 22, 2016
- Hang works – July 31 through August 2, 2016
- Show Opened – August 3, 2016
- Reception and Awards – Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Eligible entries were:
- hand-pulled prints
- digital prints
- Grand Prize: Solo Exhibition at Washington Printmakers Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. — David Avery – “Running on Empty”
Etching. David says, “The constant refrain echoing through the print world is that artists feel compelled to push back the outward boundaries of printmaking and question the archaic notions of what defines a print. Funny thing is, I like the constraints and boundaries imposed by printmaking. They provide the structure and resistance that foment ideas and create situations that can’t be duplicated by other means. Being left to my own devices and embracing a technique hundreds of years old, perhaps in this modern world I have become more interested in the exploration of inward boundaries in printmaking.”
- 1st Prize: $250 Gift Certificate from Speedball Art Products — Eric Goldberg – “Snow Squall with Sunshine” etching on copper plate. Eric says, “Etching on a copper plate is, by its very nature, a process with many steps from its beginning through its completion. It is a process that is well suited to my way of working. I am able to develop a drawing that evolves as it proceeds. Values and forms must be decided, resolved and executed during the drawing. Patterns and values can be built and enhanced by the layering of successive etches. When the plate is inked and printed, the inverted image becomes an entity unto itself; the whole greater than the sum of its parts.”
- 2nd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate from Jerry’s Artarama. Jennifer Gover — “Obscura 2”, etching with embossing. Jennifer says, “These prints are about movement and propulsion, such as the speed of a jet in flight and the time and distance between earth and the planets in our solar system.”
- 3rd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate from Renaissance Graphic Arts. Deborah Bryan – “Wild Peas No. 3” wood engraving with chine collé.
- Solarplate Award: $100 Gift Certificate from Hampton Editions. Joyce Wilson, “Dagger & Roses” solarplate. Joyce says, “Early in my career, a colleague made a statement I’ve never forgotten… ‘The only constant is change.’ My career has spanned over 50 years, and I’m fascinated with the endless possibilities. The challenge for me is to balance the realities of the world with the fantasies of my imagination and bring the viewer into a moment of surprise and mystery.”
- Patrons’ Choice Award: $100 Award from the Washington Print Foundation. Beth Trepper, “Dolman and Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland”, infrared photograph.
2016 Accepted Works
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Jean Allemeier Boot, MI, Woodland Poem III, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Betsy Arvidson, NY, High Desert, Monoprint
David Avery, CA, Running on Empty, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Deborah Bryan, TN, Wild Peas No. 3, Woodblock
Ann Chernow, CT, Fate, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Diane Davis, WA, Grove, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Terri Fridkin, PA, Vitet 4, Other or Mixed Media
Eric Goldberg, PA, Snow Squall with Sunshine, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Jennifer Gover, MA, Obscura 2, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Sanaz Haghani Nouri, MT, Floating, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Marco Hernandez, KS, El Juego Peligroso, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Kate Higley, NH, Arrival, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Karen Hymer, AZ, Remnants 11, Solarplate
Kathi Jensen, ID, Portrait of a Bald Eagle, Digital Print or Photo
Catherine Kim, AR, Elmhurst Island II, Monoprint
Blazo Kovacevic, NY, Magenta Miu Miu Handbag With Knife, Digital Print or Photo
Alan Larkin, IN, Animal Pleasures: Pig in Clover, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Cindi Lewis, VA, It Takes Two I, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Jacqueline Maggi, DC, Fragments 2, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Theresa Martin, KS, Long Shadows, Linocut
Craig Morgan, DC, Epidaros, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Bruce Muirhead, NY, The Actress, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Jake Muirhead, MD, Norsk Sprite, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Lee Newman, MD, Toothbrush, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Lia Santini, WA, In the Heart of the Sea, Linocut
Rodica Simon, NC, Wonderland, Silkscreen, Ralph Slatton, TN
Ralph Slatton, TN, Manxome Foe, Etching or Relief or Intaglio
Sally Sorenson, WI, Guitar Heaven, Solarplate
Bruce Taylor, GA, Brownie, Digital Print or Photo
Terri Thoman, TX, November, Woodblock
Beth Trepper, DE, Dolman and Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland, Digital Print or Photo
Julia Joy Vansell, CA, Behind You, Monoprint
Joyce Wilson, CA, Dagger & Roses, Solarplate
2016 Jurors: Susan Calloway and Christine Neptune
Susan Calloway, Owner and Director of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington D.C. Since opening her gallery in Washington D.C. over twenty years ago, Susan Calloway has developed a following that ranges from first-time buyers to seasoned collectors who appreciate her passion for art and unerring commitment to quality.
Susan got into the gallery business almost by chance. As a Modern Languages major in college, she found that her sophomore-year art-history survey course led to her becoming the official art expert for her group during her junior year abroad in France. That year abroad led to a lifetime passion for France and (almost) all things French. During numerous and lengthy trips back, she continued to spend most of her time looking at art, antiques (and, let’s be honest, clothes) — the whole wealth of wonderful things to be found around every corner in Paris, or at the Clignancourt Flea Market — a continuing education of the best sort.
Susan started her gallery in a shared space with very little in the way of funds and absolutely no knowledge of the business in 1993, when a personal tragedy led her to cast about for something substantial to keep her mind occupied. At the outset, she featured antique prints, which not only gave her more reasons to visit Paris, but which were also easy to carry back. Since then, the gallery has continuously evolved and expanded dramatically in scope, now featuring primarily contemporary art. As an admirer described, ”What is great about your gallery is that you have contemporary pieces next to 300-year-old pieces. There isn’t really any timeline — it all just flows.”
Dealing with fine art for over twenty years has led Susan Calloway to develop a highly trained eye for designing beautiful, appropriate framing treatments for both contemporary and antique art. The gallery specializes in conservation framing, using archival-quality materials and techniques that Susan learned while taking courses with Hugh Phibbs, former head framer at the National Gallery of Art, and at the NYU Conservation Institute (where she was the only participant not sent by a museum!).
Christine Neptune is a curator of modern and contemporary works on paper collections. She is a trusted curator with the passion to educate and expand her clients’ vision of the art world. She has lectured on collecting works on paper, hosted printmaking demonstrations, supports printmaking institutions, and is a valued member of the IFPDA. Ms. Neptune advises clients on conservation and care of works on paper, framing options, assessing works for consignment, as well as providing accurate research analysis of works. With a knowledgeable background in auction sales, she guides individuals on purchasing quality prints and works on paper at public auctions.
She founded Neptune Fine Art in 2000 after twenty years of experience in auction houses, museums, fine art publishing, and galleries to exhibit modern and contemporary works as well as to publish new editions. Neptune Fine Art has placed editions in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Haggerty Museum, and the Sheldon Museum of Art, among others.