In September, 2014, the Arts Center of the Capitol Region in Troy, NY will be hosting the first ever East Coast National Screenprint Biennial. There is currently no screenprint biennial in the United States, and this exhibition will be an opportunity to begin a dialog that can expand the discipline of screenprinting and its place in the world of art. This exhibition will showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints, to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters. This invitational exhibition will in no way seek to act as a survey or “who’s-who” of screenprinting, but will assemble an exhibition that is consistent in showcasing artists who utilize adventurous, relevant, and passionate takes on the screenprinted medium. The East Coast National Screenprint Biennial is the curatorial project of Nathan Meltz, printmaker and lecturer in the Art Department of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
ADVENTUROUS. ad-ven-cher-uhs: Full of risk; requiring courage.
RELEVANT. rel-uh-vuhnt: Bearing upon or connected with the matter in hand.
PASSIONATE. pash-uh-nit: Having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling.
ART. ahrt: The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
The artists invited to show at the first East Coast National Screenprint Biennial represent a broad spectrum of creators utilizing the screenprinted medium, from installation artists to graphic designers, academics to street artists, and everything in-between.