About

Sponsored by Inspiration Plus, a non-profit Arts and Science educational organization, in conjunction with the Southampton Arts Center.


Jurors


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.


Prizes


  • Alex Ferrone Juror’s Award – Exhibition opportunity at Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, New York (Valued at $1000)
  • Southampton Arts Center Two Week Work Residency Nov 2019 (Valued at $1200)
  • Making Art Safely, Santa Fe, NM Workshop (Valued at $1000)
  • Conrad Machine, Whitehall, MI – Gift Certificate towards any Conrad Machine products or towards any Dan Welden workshop (Valued at $400)
  • Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA – Workshop (Valued at $250)
  • Hampton Editions, Ltd., Sag Harbor, NY – Elaine de Kooning Stone Lithograph - (Valued at $2000)
  • Atlantic Paper – Gift Certificate for 100 sheets of Hahnemühle Copperplate Paper and Evelyn (Valued at $500)
  • Solo Exhibition at the Dan Welden Studio/Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY (Valued at $3000)
  • South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA – Workshop Gift Certificate (Valued at $250)
  • Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY – Studio Workshop/Rental (Valued at $300)
  • Highpoint, Minneapolis, MN – Gift Certificate towards a workshop at Highpoint Center for Printmaking (Valued at $250)
  • Castle Hill, Truro, MA – 50% Discount on a $300 - $500 Workshop
  • Expressions Graphics, Oak Park, IL – Free 1 Year Membership and 10 hours Press Time (Valued at $175)
  • Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph, OR – 1 Week Residency and Solo Exhibition (Valued at $2000)
  • Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket Island, MA – 2 Week Residency (Valued at $750)
  • Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology, Otis, OR – Gift Certificate (Valued at $100)
  • Two Rivers Printmaking Workshop, White River Junction, VT (Valued at $250)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR – Barbara Mason Residency (Valued at $2500)
  • Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT (Valued at $500)
  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD – Gift Certificate for a Letterpress Workshop (Valued at $160)
  • Frogman’s Print Workshops, Council Bluffs, IA – Free Summer Workshop (Valued at $800)
  • EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NY – Class, Rental Time, Membership (Valued at $100)
  • White Crow Paper, Fleetwood, PA – $200 worth of paper for best impression on White Crow Paper
  • Frontline Arts/ Print Council of NJ – 10 Hours of Free Studio Time (Valued at $150)
  • The Ink Shop Printmaking Center, Ithaca, NY – 2 Month Solo Exhibition (Valued at $600)
  • One person show in the exhibition gallery at The Firefly Artists in Northport, NY - Long Island (one month, value $1000)
  • Grand Marais Art Colony, MN – 5 Day Residency (Valued at $375)
  • Ron Pokrasso Juror’s Award – A full private day (Pamper and Production) in the Galisteo Studio in Santa Fe, NM with Ron Pokrasso (Valued at $600)
  • Nimbus Arts, Napa Valley, CA – Studio Residency with a 24x48 inch American French Tool Press, a Solo Show, and 6 Bottles of Napa Valley (Valued at $1800)
  • The Print Club of Rochester – Commemorative Prints, Choice of 1 of 3 (Valued at $300)
  • Catherine Traykovski – $2000 Purchase Prize
  • Hiromi Paper – 2 Gift Certificates (Each Valued at $100)
  • Legion Papers, New York, NY – Product Award (Valued at $500)
  • Rockaway Artists Alliance, Rockaway, NY – 4 week Studio
  • Residency with Exhibition in our Print Show (Valued at $800)
  • Dick Blick, Highland Park, IL – 1 Gift Certificate (Valued at $500)
  • Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT – Free Workshop (Valued at $500)
  • Graphic Chemical and Ink, Villa Park, Illinois Gift Certificate (Valued at $200)
  • Renaissance Graphic Arts, Warminster, PA $400 Gift
  • Certificate including $200 Cranfield Inks (Valued at $600)
  • Takach Press, Albuquerque, NM Gift Certificate (Valued at $125)


STUDENT CATEGORY PRIZE

  • Golden Eagle Art Supply, East Hampton, NY Student award gift certificate (Valued at $100)



Guidelines


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




CALENDAR
 
JUNE 30 - Entries due 
JULY 30 - Acceptance letters sent 
AUGUST 31 - Selected works due in Sag Harbor, NY 
SEPTEMBER 15 - Awards selected by Juror Eric Fischl


NOVEMBER – DECEMBER - Exhibition at the Southampton Arts Center

NOVEMBER 15 - VIP Opening at the Southampton Arts Center 6-8 PM
NOVEMBER 16 - Open Portfolio Session with Exhibition Artists
    Silent Auction begins 12:30 PM
    Demonstration by Juror Ron Pokrasso 2:00pm
    Panel discussion 5:00pm
    Community Reception 6-8pm
NOVEMBER 17 - Printmaking demo by Dan Welden followed by Gallery Talk and Panel discussion 12:30pm

Upcoming Solar Impressions Juried Exhibition

DANWELDEN

Photo Credit: Rick Wenner


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.