Nashville Print Revival finds the art scene’s ink brigade showing their colors

by Joe Nolan

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Touted as a central Tennessee printmaking symposium, Nashville Print Revival is already being called out by Nashville’s critical writing community as the arts event of the winter season. We cultural critic types try to predict the best shows, and this three-day printing event is the one that’s got everybody excited at the beginning of 2013. 

Nashville’s printmaking community is one of the most high-profile groups within the Nashville art scene as a whole, and it’s these artists, making work within the greater tradition of printing, that are currently most responsible for crafting Nashville’s visual identity. The Nashville Print Revival puts this community on display while simultaneously welcoming out-of-town artists to join in on the fun. The event is hosted by a group of regional printing stars including Mark Hosford, Brady Haston, Jessica Owings, and Lesley Patterson-Marx. Visiting artists include Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson of Midwest Pressed and Laura Berman whose colorful, geometric, abstract prints evoke moods I normally associate with looking at color field paintings. 

This Three-day event Features:

Modern Zombies Kirchnerpp

Tim Dooley and Aaron Wilson
of Midwest Pressed

Thursday, February 21 – A live printing event during the reception for Laura Berman’s exhibition at Belmont University’s Leu Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Friday, February 22 – Watkins College of Art, Design & Film hosts an open portfolio event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. A series of short talks by the visiting artists starts at 6 p.m. 

Saturday, February 23 – At a location TBA, the event will culminate with a print and poster show that has confirmed Isle of Printing, Hatch Show Print, Boss Construction, Sawtooth Printhouse, and Laura Baisden among its all-star lineup.

Go to www.orangebarrelindustries.com/nashvilleprintrevival for up-to-date information. 

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