14th Annual California Centered: Printmaking



APRIL 18TH, 2020

Last year's show featured nearly 200 prints by 70 artists

The Merced County Arts Council is now accepting entries for its 14th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition. This will be held at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, which features multiple galleries for contemporary visual arts. This 28,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary fine arts and education facility is located in downtown Merced, California.

2019 Best of Show: Matthew Hopson Walker - Fresno, CA. "Universal Spectrum of Ignorance", "Plague Dog" & "Demagogue of the Highest Order", relief and screenprint

The purpose of this juried group show is to highlight and exhibit the best in recent California printmaking. The show is open to all printmakers residing in California. Work may be in any traditional printmaking media (excluding photography and digital prints) and must have been completed in the last three years.

2019 Best of Show: Toru Sugita - Albany, CA. "Dos Caminos 1", "Transient Moment(s)" & "Dos Caminos 2", etching and aquatint

Of the artists chosen to participate there will be three best in show awards given, recipients of which will each be given a solo show during next year’s exhibition.

2019 Best of Show: Ryan Harrison - Oakland, CA. "North Beach Days", "A Mile In Our Shoes" & "The Spaces In Between", woodcut
Matthew Hopson-Walker teaching printmaking. "A Man Among Vultures", screenprint

This year's juror is Matthew Hopson-Walker, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at California State University, Fresno. Born and raised in Fresno, Matthew grew up reading comic books and dystopian science fiction novels. During a formative age he was exposed to movies such as Mad Max, Total Recall, Escape From New York, Blade Runner, and The Omega Man and many themes within them show up in his work. After working as a janitor for several years he matriculated to the Kansas City Art Institute and received his BFA in Printmaking in 1998.

After graduating he and a friend opened their own gallery and screen printing business. The various jobs he held after graduating influenced his general misanthropic outlook on humanity and the images he made as an artist. In 2002 he completed his MA followed by his MFA in 2003, both from the University of Iowa.

In 2006 he was recipient of the prestigious James D. Phelan Award in Printmaking given by the San Francisco Foundation and administered by the KALA Institute. Matthew has been included in 222 juried or group exhibitions and 14 solo shows since 2006. His work is in both national and international collections, including the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan. He has twice been invited as an instructor at the nationally renowned Frogman’s Print and Paper Summer Workshop, first in Vermillion South Dakota and then Omaha Nebraska in the summer of 2017.

Matthew has been a visiting artist and lecturer at numerous academic institutions, giving demonstrations involving his knowledge of screen printing, lithography, intaglio, and prints that combine more then one technique. See more of Matthew's work here.


  • April 18th, extended entry deadline!
  • April 28th - May 9th, Work delivery
  • May 19th Exhibition opens
  • May 30th, Opening reception, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • July 3rd, Exhibition ends

For more information contact MAC Gallery curators, Louisa Benhissen and Benjamin Serpa at mcac.curator@gmail.com

Download and print the prospectus here

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