Kent State University
Educators. Makers. Scholars. Kent State University is the historic home of one of the country's most robust and multi-faceted schools of art.
With a diverse permanent art collection, growing gallery system, and students, faculty, and staff from both Northeast Ohio and around the globe, the School of Art is poised to provide you with much to see, learn, and experience!
Our Keynote Speaker: Delita Martin
Texas based artist, Delita Martin, picked up her first drawing pencil at age five and discovered her love for creating stories with drawings. She pursued her passion throughout her childhood and began her formal art education at Texas Southern University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and continued her studies at Purdue University earning a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She is a former member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas and she currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press, in Huffman Texas. She is a printmaker that utilizes a multitude of mediums and layering techniques, exploring the power of the narrative.
Martin's process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collagen, and painting techniques lend to her creative portraits that fuse the real and the fantastic. In her work she combines signs and symbols to create a visual language that powerfully captures the identity, spirit, and narratives of women of color. She often looks to vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration. Each work uniquely speaks to the complexity of spirit, race, gender, beauty, and in some ways deals with empowering transformations, captivating and commanding attention.
Martin has become an internationally known artist appearing in several publications; images of her work have appeared on book covers and in mainstream movies. She has exhibited in nineteen solo shows and participated in over twenty group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. Her love for collaboration and her passion to continuously elevate her work has taken her abroad, working with artists to share and create new techniques. Most recently Martin's work was included in the State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now, an exhibition that included 101 artists from around the United States. She was also included in International Review of African American Art as one of 16 African American artists to watch who are gaining national and international attention in 2015.
Outstanding Printmaker Awardee: Amos Kennedy
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an American printer, book artist and papermaker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters.
In 2015, Kennedy was honored as a United States Artists Glasgow Fellow in Crafts. In 2012, he was the subject of the documentary "Proceed and Be Bold!" Kennedy currently owns and operates a print studio in Detroit, MI.
Remote Symposium Dates October 17-18
In lieu of a face-to-face conference this year, Kent State University and the Mid-America Print Council are co-hosting a remote symposium October 17-18, 2020.
Register for the Remote Symposium by October 1st!
Due to Covid-19, the traditional in-person biennial conference has been moved to 2022 at Kent State University. Dates will be forthcoming.
The mission of this conference is to leverage print media’s historical role in multiples, distributed art, protest art, and popular culture, to generate an event that is timely and broadly relevant both culturally and artistically. Print media is a flexible field that continues to evolve and to have powerful connections to everyday life from grassroots organizations to commercial industries and the highest cultural institutions. We will draw on this rich history and the present state of the field to showcase the diversity of the media, artists, and cultural producers involved in print media. Our goal is to especially engage youth, students, and emerging artists in this critical dialogue.
Power of Print:
Resistance and Revolution
Prints have cultural relevance. Prints hold the power to promote social change and create a timely commentary. As a medium, print is invested in the multiple, distribution, and popular culture; printmakers have a stake in politics, resistance, and social justice. Kent State University, the site of a watershed moment during the Vietnam War era, is both a significant and poetic site in which to host the 2020-22 Mid America Print Council Conference. This conference will take place just prior to the momentous 2020 Presidential election in November.
From Me Too to Black Lives Matter, our country is in another defining moment largely being led by our youth, who are invested with reinventing and reinvigorating the political landscape. Likewise, print media finds itself at a similar moment of transformation, from traditional to contemporary processes and concepts. Print media also enjoys a long and exuberant tradition in Northeast Ohio, led by both community printshops and many academic shops. These resources will be called upon and shared in tandem with the MAPC constituents to strategize over the Power of Print: How does print, and the region of Mid-America, shape culture nationally and globally? How can we work together to generate positive and sustainable change? How do we manifest Resistance and Revolution? The discourse of this conference will draw on print’s rich history to extrapolate its future.
Partners & Support
We extend a very special thank you to the following supporters of the 2020 symposium and 2022 conference:
Kent State University, Kent State University College of the Arts, Kent State University School of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art,
University of Akron Myers School of Art, and Oberlin College Art Department.
We also thank the John S. and James T. Knight Foundation for the support from the Knights Arts Challenge.