The UMKC Gallery of Art presents a new exhibit, RE:Print by UMKC Hand Print Press, Sept. 5 through Oct. 18. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203 of the UMKC Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. Free parking will be available on levels five and six of the Cherry Street Parking Garage.
In 2019 Hand Print Press marks their quarter century partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and professional explorations in printmaking. To commemorate this anniversary, Hand Print Press decided to revisit and reflect on their artistic output and to use their collective past to start their future. For the exhibit RE:Prints, members both past and present were invited to search through HPP’s archived portfolios to find images to inspire new prints.
Whether it was to pay homage to, riff on or have a dialogue with the archived prints, members were given free rein to use any printmaking technique(s) to interpret their inspirational print. The result is a remarkable exhibit which shows the wide range of subject matter, unique processes and brilliant techniques that are under the big umbrella of printmaking.
Hand Print Press is unique in the region for its commitment to professionalism and its mission of mentoring young printmakers. Over the past 25 years, HPP has funded grants for UMKC printmaking students and the purchase of equipment and supplies for the printmaking studio.
Three national juried print exhibitions in the university’s gallery have been sponsored by HPP, providing UMKC students and the general public with exposure to a wide range of printmakers. Hand Print Press has partnered with UMKC to bring in visiting artists for workshops and lectures open to all UMKC students and the public. The artists of HPP have shown their works in the UMKC Gallery of Art, The Nerman Museum of Art and other venues around Kansas City and the region. HPP portfolios are in private and public collections throughout the region including, American Century Collections and the Spencer Museum of Art. In the past, HPP members have partnered with local writers to produce exhibitions highlighting both the strong literary and printmaking communities in the region. HPP members have presented and participated in community workshops and events to bolster and promote printmaking in the region.