AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Print Society will host “A Recipe For…,” the 21st Annual International Postcard Print Exchange Exhibition and Silent Auction Dec. 20, 2021–Jan. 14, 2022 at the ISU College of Design.

Exhibition hours will be 8 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays, Dec. 20–22 and Jan. 3–14 in the college’s Gallery 181. The gallery is closed Dec. 23–31.

The show features 85 different prints by artists from 15 US states and six other countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, the Netherlands and South Korea.

The project began in late 2020 when printmakers from around the world were invited to send 13 original, identical, 4″x6″ prints in response to the theme, “A Recipe For…” Artists could interpret the theme any way they wished, and responses are both literal and metaphorical.

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.

Silent auction

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. Additional postcards from past exchanges will be on view as well.

Bidding will end with the exhibition at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Winners will be notified by email and arrangements will be made for them to pick up the prints. All prints must be picked up by Monday, Jan. 31.

Proceeds help fund student club activities, such as visiting artist lectures and print projects, as well as supplies for on-campus printmaking workshops.


Raluca Iancu, Art and Visual Culture (Printmaking), riancu@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, 515-294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu