Virtual Exhibition
October 09 – November 30, 2020
You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time. – Angela Davis
Shaun Slifer (b. 1979, lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Shaun Slifer (b. 1979, lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Shaun Slifer (b. 1979, lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
Ben Blount (b. 1972, lives and works in Evanston, IL, United States)
Ben Blount (b. 1972, lives and works in Evanston, IL, United States)
Ben Blount (b. 1972, lives and works in Evanston, IL, United States)
ADRIÁN R TIÓ (b.1951, lives in Dartmouth, MA, United States)
ADRIÁN R TIÓ (b.1951, lives in Dartmouth, MA, United States)
ADRIÁN R TIÓ (b.1951, lives in Dartmouth, MA, United States)
April Bleakney (b. 1985, lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
April Bleakney (b. 1985, lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
April Bleakney (b. 1985, lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Dan S. Wang (b. 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles, California)
Dan S. Wang (b. 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles, California)
Dan S. Wang (b. 1968, lives and works in Los Angeles, California)
Katherine J. Fries (lives and works in Indianapolis, In, United States)
Katherine J. Fries (lives and works in Indianapolis, In, United States)
Katherine J. Fries (lives and works in Indianapolis, In, United States)
Katherine J. Fries (lives and works in Indianapolis, In, United States)
Sarah Bryant (b. 1979, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Sarah Bryant (b. 1979, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Sarah Bryant (b. 1979, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Gregory Jackson Walters (b. 1953, lives and works in Piqua, Ohio)
Gregory Jackson Walters (b. 1953, lives and works in Piqua, Ohio)
Gregory Jackson Walters (b. 1953, lives and works in Piqua, Ohio)
Celene Aubry (b. 1970, lives and works in Nashville, TN, in the United States)
Celene Aubry (b. 1970, lives and works in Nashville, TN, in the United States)
Celene Aubry (b. 1970, lives and works in Nashville, TN, in the United States)
Vida Sačić (b. 1980, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Vida Sačić (b. 1980, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Vida Sačić (b. 1980, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Kyle Holland (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, United States)
Kyle Holland (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, United States)
Kyle Holland (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, United States)
Chandler O'Leary (b. 1981, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States) & Jessica Spring (b. 1964, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States)
Chandler O'Leary (b. 1981, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States) & Jessica Spring (b. 1964, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States)
Chandler O'Leary (b. 1981, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States) & Jessica Spring (b. 1964, lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, United States)
Beth Sheehan (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Beth Sheehan (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Beth Sheehan (b. 1990, lives and works in Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Juliette Thimmig (b.1994, lives and works in Cleveland, OH, United States)
Miranda Hall (b. 1975) and Andy Schwanbeck (b. 1983) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Miranda Hall (b. 1975) and Andy Schwanbeck (b. 1983) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Miranda Hall (b. 1975) and Andy Schwanbeck (b. 1983) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rebecca Gilbert (b. 1975 and works in Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Rebecca Gilbert (b. 1975 and works in Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Nisha K. Sethi (b. 1988, lives and works in Oakland, CA. United States)
Nisha K. Sethi (b. 1988, lives and works in Oakland, CA. United States)
Nisha K. Sethi (b. 1988, lives and works in Oakland, CA. United States)
Nisha K. Sethi (b. 1988, lives and works in Oakland, CA. United States)
Make Ready for the Revolution, a letterpress exhibition on a virtual display is embedded in a history of resistance that goes back half a century. While 2020 at Kent State on the 50th anniversary of May 4th Shootings would have been a powerful time to have the MAPC conference, the world-changing events of this year are certainly fertile ground for expression and revolution. With that in mind, we would like to gauge interest in hosting a virtual exhibition of letterpress work.

Makeready is the process of readying your press for printing. Letterpress printing instructions caution novice printers to remember the makeready before rushing into a print job. Some printers painstakingly plan every piece. Others consider reading a book or talking with a friend to be the necessary work that comes before pulling a print.

Make Ready for the Revolution asks letterpress artists to ready their presses for revolutions, uprisings, and upheavals big and small—whether that means reaching back into history, engaging with the present, or imagining more just futures.

What does the idea of makeready offer us when we are preparing for change? How can we look at our preparations for transforming the world as collective, long processes undertaken by people across millennia? With the rise of fascism around the world and climate crises devastating communities, we all face an existential threat. Our hearts are broken daily. Artists build and rebuild our infrastructure for ways of seeing, thinking, and being, and this is part of the work of making the path to another world.

Wendy Partridge, Erin Adair, and Bob Kelemen
Exhibition Curators and Letterpress Printers
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Zygote Press
Zygote Press is an artist workshop promoting contemporary fine-art printing. Through advocacy, exhibitions, community programs, and affordable, professional workspace, Zygote stimulates collective exchange. Here, artists create new work, audiences explore new ideas, and collaborations strengthen our community.
Partners & Exhibition Support
Wendy Partridge, Erin Adair, Bob Kelemen, and Taryn McMahon, M.F.A.
Kent State University's School of Art is one of Ohio's top schools in the visual arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art.
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.
Zygote Press is an artist workshop promoting contemporary fine-art printing. Through advocacy, exhibitions, community programs, and affordable, professional workspace, Zygote stimulates collective exchange.
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