National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) to support their Invitational Artist-in-Residence Program. The residencies, which will offer housing and all art-making expenses, will focus on the art of lithography, etching, silk screening, woodcut, and other print techniques. The project will include artists who are not well versed in printmaking, who will have the opportunity to create print editions in collaboration with master printers. The residency will include artist talks and other public programming. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Center for Contemporary Printmaking the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
Executive Director Laura G. Einstein commented, “I am thrilled to receive this fantastic news about our NEA grant to support the Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s artists’ residency program. This grant is presented to us on the heels of our 2016 renovation of the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage and the invigoration of our Artist-in-Residence Program that the Grace Ross Shanley Scholarship Fund has enabled us to enhance. The Center has already engaged artists from India, South Africa, and stateside to take part in this wonderful program that began in 2003. The Center is moving forward and we are grateful to the NEA for their invaluable support.”
Through the Invitational Artist-In-Residence Program, artists will create a new print edition, assisted as needed by the Center’s staff printers and other professional print collaborators. Artists will receive a number of prints from this edition, as will CCP. This program will enable CCP to further promote the work created through its gallery, among print collectors, and serve as a source of funding for future residencies.
During the one- and two-week Invitational Artist-In-Residence Program, artists will be encouraged to experiment with different techniques and transform their artistic vision into new forms. It is anticipated that their non-printmaking vision will allow a different approach to the original print, fostering creative approaches to achieve desirable outcomes. Invited artists also may be printmakers employing one technique who seek to enhance their work through the introduction of one or more other printmaking options. The Invitational Residency will include housing in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage and cover expenses directly related to the creation of new work.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the art of the print: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, paperworks, book arts, and digital arts. Housed in a 19th century stone carriage house, this 5,000 square-foot historical landmark is located at 299 West Avenue in Mathews Park, in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Grace Ross Shanley Gallery features acclaimed juried exhibitions throughout the year, and is handicapped accessible.
The CCP curriculum includes over 75 printmaking workshops per year. Artists who participate in the Artist-in-Residence Program have the opportunity to live and work in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage, adjacent to the main building. The CCP Master Printer and assistant printers on staff offer edition printing. For more information, please call 203-899- 7999 or visit www. contemprints.org. The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is a member of the statewide Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of 18 world-class museums and historic sites, www.arttrail.org and is also a member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, www.fcbuzz.org and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.
Contact: Steven Steele Cawman
Center for Contemporary Printmaking
299 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06897