13th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition

Call for Entries

Entry Deadline: March 9th, 2019

Last year's show featured 165 prints by 60 artists
2018 Best in Show #1: Robert Rosenthal - Los Osos, CA, "Dreamworld-Aesop's Dream" & "Dreamworld-Piranesi's Dungeon", etching and aquatint

The Merced County Arts Council is now accepting entries for its 13th 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.

2018 Best in Show #2: Caroline Hanania - Bradley, CA, "Korean Lunch" & "Lunch at Yazu", aquatint etching

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.

2018 Best in Show #3: Dirk Hagner - San Juan Capistrano, CA, "American Totentantz No. 13" & "American Totentanz No. 14", woodcut on paper

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.

This year's juror, Joseph Tipay, on the right. On the left, "Freedom Letters", woodcut monotype

This year's juror is Joseph Tipay. Tipay was born and raised in Fresno, California. He is the current printmaking professor at Merced College. He also teaches at Madera Community College Center, West Hills College, Valley State Prison and Avenal Prison. He received an M.F.A. from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco in Fine Arts: Printmaking. His prints deal with the struggles of his family, and the beauty that comes with adversity. They are a reflection of the economic, cultural, political and social climate. Joseph currently works on large-scale woodcuts, which investigate the effects of incarceration. He is an award-winning artist and has been exhibited nationally. See more of his work here.

Important Dates:

  • March 9th, 2019 Entry Deadline
  • March 19th - April 5th, Work delivery
  • April 16th, Exhibition opens
  • May 4th Opening reception, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • June 1st, 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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