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Site visit to El Nopal Press during the Self Help Graphics & Art Inaugural Printmaking Summit in 2017 (courtesy Self Help Graphics & Art)

For centuries, printmaking has been an affordable and egalitarian method of reproducing and disseminating texts, knowledge, and artwork. Since its founding in 1970, Boyle Heights arts space Self Help Graphics & Art has been dedicated to the teaching, promotion, and exhibition of printmaking, especially by Latino and Chicano artists. This week, they’ll be hosting their second biennial Printmaking Summit, a three-day event geared towards a wide audience from students and novices, to emerging artists and experienced printmakers. “The goal is demystifying the field, making it more accessible,” Marvella Muro, the director of Artistic Programs and Education at Self Help Graphics & Art, told Hyperallergic.

Self Help Graphics & Art Inaugural Printmaking Summit in 2017 (courtesy Self Help Graphics & Art)

Highlights of the various workshops, talks, and demonstrations include a panel on new technologies in printmaking with representatives from El Nopal Press, Tamarind Press, and Gemini GEL on Thursday; a discussion of conservation and space with Madison Brockman, a paper conservator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), on Friday; and a panel on the career possibilities for printmakers on Saturday. Those interested can also apply to participate in a peer-to-peer Artist Exchange on Friday, or a Portfolio Review with faculty from various colleges on Saturday (although the deadline was April 11, there is still room).

Celebrated artist Alison Saar will give the keynote address on Thursday evening, and the summit’s closing event will be an opening reception for the exhibition Utopia/Dystopia, showcasing a portfolio of prints created by 26 artists modeled after a deck of 52 playing cards.

When: Thursday, April 18–Saturday, April 20 (3-Day Pass: General: $25 / Student: $15)
Where: Self Help Graphics & Art (1300 East 1st St., Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)

More info at Self Help Graphics & Art.

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