Dan Welden is a master printmaker, painter, educator and author. He has been making prints and works on paper for over 50 years. His work has been shown in over 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and over 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. His work is in many public and private collections throughout the country including the Amity Art Foundation, Darien, CT; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Portland Museum of Art, OR; and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA;
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA among many others.
Dan is an innovator at the forefront of the alternative health and safety oriented movement of printmaking, and the originator of a technique called Solarplate.
He is the Co-Author with Pauline Muir of ‘Printmaking in the Sun’ published by Watson Guptill in 2001, the comprehensive manual of Solarplate methods. Dan also produced an instructional film in 2005 by the same name.
As a teacher, Dan continues to inspire students around the world in workshops where he demonstrates how to make Solarplates and print both intaglio and relief plates. He ran month-long summer workshops for 10 years at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy. He is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists. He has taught printmaking at several colleges in the New York area including Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College, Long Island University Southampton, and also taught at Central Connecticut State University. His demonstrations at the New York State Art Teacher’s Association Conferences, Southern Graphics Council and Mid America Print Council Conferences inspire teachers, students and artists to make prints using the safer and greener methods of Solarplate etching without the use of acids or other dangerous chemicals.
As the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, Long Island, he has collaborated with artists Robert Dash, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, James Brooks, Dan Flavin, Esteban Vicente, William King, Ibram Lassaw, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfonso Ossorio, Jane Freilicher, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Linda Benglis,
Jack Youngerman and many others.
Sponsored by Inspiration Plus, a non-profit Arts and Science educational organization, in conjunction with the Southampton Arts Center.
AWARDS JUROR - ERIC FISCHL
Eric Fischl,according to Dan Welden, is the most important and first internationally acclaimed American painter, sculptor and writer whose early, (1992) solar plate impressions were featured in the Smithsonian’s “American Art” and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. His artwork is represented in many distinguished worldwide museums and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
EXHIBITION JUROR - ALEX FERRONE
Director, Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY; independent Curator and Juror; exhibiting fine art photographic Artist; and commercial Aerial Photographer. Internationally published and collected.
EXHIBITION JUROR - LAURA G. EINSTEIN
Manager of The Mezzanine Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Former Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Einstein served as Interim Head and Assistant Curator of the Asian Art Department at Yale University Art Gallery.
EXHIBITION JUROR - RON POKRASSO
Exhibiting artist, printmaker and educator over 40 years and originator of the printmaking event “Monothon.” Conducts workshops throughout the U.S., Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Mexico and directs the Galisteo Street Studio, a Fine Art Printmaking facility in Santa Fe, NM.
STUDENT CATEGORY PRIZE
E L I G I B I L I T Y
The Solar Impressions Juried Exhibition is open to all original print work where 50% or more of the final image is produced by light sensitive polymer plates commonly referred to as solar plates. There is no size limitation, however, the majority of the image must use the genuine solar plate. Other traditional printmaking mediums such as woodcut, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, monotype, and digital printmaking along with drawing collage handmade papers and transfers may be included within the solar plate image. Not eligible would be reproductions of pre-existing drawings and paintings and other works of art.
P R E S E N T A T I O N
There is no size restriction on images. Each image selected for the Exhibition must be delivered to Inspiration Plus and framed with Plexiglas and wired for hanging. Artists with accepted work will be notified of shipment details and deadlines following
selection. Works arriving from foreign countries need not comply with framing. Accepted foreign works will be dealt with accordingly.
S U B M I S S I O N
Each artist may submit up to three images for $40.00. Submissions will be accepted through CaFE (www.callforentry.org). More information including a link is contained at www.inspirationplus.org. All selected work will be available for sale at prices set by the artist and the artist will receive 50% of the selling price, less taxes.
A R T W O R K D E S C R I P T I O N
Each selected work shall be delivered with (1) name of the work, (2) date of work, and (3) a full description of the materials used including the type and brand of inks, polymer plates, printing paper, transparencies and other important ingredients used
in the final work. Principal goals of the Exhibition are to share fine art with the public and to educate the public about the scientific and artistic print medium and its materials and processes.
E X H I B I T I O N
The Exhibition will be hosted at the exquisite Southampton Arts Center, in the heart of the Hamptons. This venue can accommodate over one hundred works. The exhibition will show the breadth of using the artistic and scientific process of solar plate and open the door to the educational theme of Science through Art. With international participants the exhibition will be a milestone for ‘Health and Safety’ in the art world. The show may travel in 2020. Venues to be announced. Music provided by Omar Haddad
Photo Credit: Rick Wenner
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