Bridging Santa Cruz County: Spanning 50 Years of Printmaking
March 3 – April 11, 2014
Reception: Saturday, March 1, 5:30-7:00
Open House: Sunday, March 30, 1:00-5:00 – Cabrillo Gallery, Library #1002 & Cabrillo Print Studio, VAPA #2005
(Closed: March 31 – April 4)
The Cabrillo Gallery, in conjunction with the 42nd SGC International Printmaking Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area, hosts Bridging Santa Cruz: Spanning 50 Years of Printmaking, March 3 through April 11. Covering the decades from 1970 into the 2010’s more than 35 artists are included in this initial survey of the history of the print arts in Santa Cruz County.
For the first time in 42 years the Southern Graphics Council will hold the International Printmaking Conference on the West Coast, March 26-29, 2014. The San Francisco Bay Area was the selected City to host the conference titled Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism. For information about the conference - http://sgcisanfrancisco.org/
The Cabrillo Gallery has taken this opportunity to begin the extensive survey of the history of printmaking in Santa Cruz County. This history is partly formed with the beginning of print programs at Cabrillo College and UCSC. For decades both schools have introduced courses in a range of print media sustaining innovative programs that at one point were deemed by other colleges as obsolete, shortsightedly eliminating them. As these two colleges established their institutional printmaking programs independent printmaking studios were opening up. One of these, Garner Tullis’s International Institute of Experimental Printmaking, helped to fuel the cast paper movement beginning in 1972. The inception of this movement included the innovative artists John Babcock and Chuck Hilger. Since 1975 Gary Young has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press. And in 1977 Felicia Rice opened Moving Parts Press also creating and publishing limited edition artists' books, broadsides and prints. From the end of this decade and into the 1980’s and forward, the teaching, exhibiting, collecting, and extent of printmaking activity in Santa Cruz County, has helped to establish a reputation for preserving the age-old traditions as well as instigating technological and innovative advancements in this art form.
Tobin W. Keller