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ISU College of Design to host ‘transformative’ postcard print exhibition Nov. 17-Dec. 5

November 12, 2014

"In Loving Memory of John L. &  Mary Doggett" (two-plate photo lithograph) by Alexis Dwyer, Columbia, Mo., graduate student in integrated visual arts at ISU.
"Untitled" (letterpress) by Lansing Cai, Athens, Ga.
"Untitled" (intaglio) by Chris Love, Australia.
"Protein Transformation" (silkscreen) by Kaitlyn Ziegert, Macomb, Ill.


AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Print Society will host "Transformation: 14th Annual International Postcard Print Exchange" exhibition and silent auction Nov. 17 through Dec. 5 at the ISU College of Design.

Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in Gallery 181, located on the first floor of the College of Design building on the west side of the Iowa State campus. (Please note: The gallery will be closed during the university's Thanksgiving break, Nov. 24-28.) Admission is free.

The show features original 4x6 prints by 398 artists from 39 U.S. states and 11 other countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Printmakers from around the world were invited to send 13 original, identical 4x6 prints in response to this year's theme, "Transformation." Artists could interpret the theme in any way they wished.

Eligible methods included any editionable printmaking technique (woodcuts, litho, intaglio, relief, photography, silkscreen, digital printmaking, etc.) Prints were to be stamped and mailed separately as postcards, so they would bear the markings of travel and the postal service.

Every artist who submitted prints received 12 different prints from other artists in return (hence the "exchange"). The University Print Society kept one print from each artist for its own collection. These are the prints that will be on display as a part of the exhibition and available for bid in the silent auction. Some prints from past exchanges also may be a part of the show.
Silent Auction
All prints on display as a part of this exhibition will be for sale through a bidding process, which will be described in the gallery. Bidding starts at $5 per print.

"This is a great opportunity for visitors to collect interesting pieces of art or to purchase unusual gifts for friends and family, and help a great cause," said April Katz, professor of art and visual culture and University Print Society faculty adviser. Proceeds help students attend national printmaking conferences, she said.
Bidding ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Winners will be notified by email and arrangements will be made for them to pick up their prints the following week.

April Katz, Art and Visual Culture, (515) 294-3363,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,