“Prizewinners” a Poetry Broadside Exhibition

January 8, 2022 – February 5, 2022
Sunrise Galleries

Poetry Reading of Works: Friday, February 4, at 7PM
Poster Printing Workshop: Saturday, February 5, 12-4PM

I’m getting very excited for two events coming up at the closing of my current solo show at Sunrise Galleries in Muscatine, Iowa. “Prizewinners” is a Poetry Broadside Exhibition on view until the evening of February 5, 2022. This show brings together the letterpress broadside work of Caveworks Press and features work made for the North American Review, a literary journal based out of The University of Northern Iowa. For the past seven years, I have been privileged to illustrate poetry of the James Hearst Poetry Prizewinners. It is interesting most of them have a strong justice message, whether it be racial justice, political or social justice. It ties in well with my recent printmaking work on these themes, and again, with my mission to encourage the activist voice in everyone with the Power of the Press IOWA project. The first poster printing took place at the event that I helped organize, the Iowa Covid Memorial. I had some great activist kids make small broadsides. Now I’m pretty jazzed to work with a class planned at Sunrise Galleries.

The weekend’s events start off with an Artist Reception and Poetry Reading of all the exhibition broadsides with brief introductions. Come join me Friday, February 4th at 7pm for a socially distanced and masked event. I will also make a live Zoom virtual event for those that are distant or staying home for safety. Details coming soon.

On Saturday February 5, 12-4pm, we will embark on a journey to find our activist voice and use it to create a small broadside in the workshop, Power of the Press IOWA. We will be using the portable proof press made by Provisional Press and type made by myself at our local Makerspace. Starting with a short talk on the history of protest and poster printing, we will brainstorm on topics important to us and come up with a message, then PRINT! Participants will have a small edition to take home. $20.00 registration. Accessible. Class is limited to 8. Sign up here.

Power of the Press IOWA is funded by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Poetry Broadsides in Exhibition
James Hearst Poetry Prizewinners:
“Iconostasis” by Rebecca Foust
“Black Boy” by Jordan Franklin
“Bread” by Alan Elyshevitz
“The Invention of Ether” by Katy Aisenberg
“Geneva Avenue” by Kirsten Abel
“How We Could Have Lived Or Died This Way” by Martin Espada
“Two Poems” by Aaron James McNally
“Sonnet 113” by Shakespeare
“Human Acquisitions” by Julie Russell-Steuart

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