The third biennial Footprint International Exhibition 2012, showcasing more than 120 local, national and international artists, will open Sunday, June 10, with a reception at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 299 West Ave., in Mathews Park, Norwalk.
The reception will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m.
Every other year, this biennial exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to visit CCP and view the newest images, works that are culturally exciting and contemporary by artists working with the original print around the world.
This year's juror is Donald Sultan, a prominent contemporary still-life artist living and working in New York City. He produced the Mystery Print for subscribers of the Editions Club, in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, in 2007.
Sultan awarded Kristen Struebing-Beazley of Boston, the first prize of $500 for Untitled (Ars Amatoria Series) 1, 2011, a linoleum cut in red and black. Leslie Giuliani, of Weston, received second prize and $300 for Untitled (2), 2012, a mixed-media piece. Paula Pohli of Ireland was the third-prize winner, earning $200 for Dublin Apparition, 2012, a linoleum cut.
There were eight honorable mention awards recognizing the work of artists Frances B. Ashforth, of Ridgefield, and Eileen Tavolacci, of Redding, both CCP members; Courtney Johnson, of Willmington, N.C.; Melissa Howe, of Salisbury, Md.; Art Werger, of Athens, Ohio; Daemon Baldwin, of Vancouver, B.C.; Gerda Muhl, of Senden, Germany; and Yoshihisa Yasui, of Kyoto City, Japan.
Connecticut artists included in the exhibition are Marc Alvarez, of Milford; Donald Axleroad, of Stamford; Shirley Bernstein, of Hampton; Roxanne Faber Savage, of Fairfield; Mathew Hood, of Trumbull; Brenda Geigerich, of Westport; Catherine Lucia, of Redding); DeAnn L. Prosia, of Newtown; Heather Sandifer, of Greenwich); Anita Soos, of Guilford); and Emanuel Valerio, of Stamford.
Hood and Valerio are Norwalk Community College students who just completed their first printmaking class, Printmaking I, an NCC course offered in the spring semester at CCP. Hood also won one of four Best in Show Awards at this year's Stacy M. Israel Student Art, Architecture and Design Exhibition at NCC for another print made during the class.
Other artists in the exhibition hail from Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, and artists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, and Japan are also represented.
More than 300 entries were reviewed and processed, from 24 states nationally, and 14 other countries. Office manager Jacqueline Ackers manages entry intake, the return of unaccepted works and generates the labels for artwork on view. Associate printer Christopher Shore oversees the exhibition photography and, in conjunction with Master Printer Anthony Kirk, prepares the exhibition hall and hangs the entries.
Ackers characterizes the operation as a "well-honed routine" developed over the six years since CCP started the exhibition. The Biennial Footprint International Exhibition takes place in even-numbered years, alternating with the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, which is in odd-numbered years.
In conjunction with the Footprint International Exhibition, CCP will be displaying a selection of original prints by Pohli on view in the Lithography Studio. She is a linoprint artist who carves and prints all of her work by hand, and enjoys the impasto-like texture of the hand-printed impression. Most of her landscape motifs are from Ireland and northwestern Europe. Pohli was born in Dublin, and now lives in County Mayo, Ireland.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paperworks, book arts, and digital arts.