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: Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, sexual freedom and ecology. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, ideas, and cultural practices of the present, while confronting the wounds of the past.
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.
October 14-17, 2020
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 Mid America Print Council Conference. This conference will take place just prior to the momentous 2020 Presidential election in November.
From #metoo to #neveragain and #resist, 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.