Boise State Alumni Return for There's No Press Like Home 

Artists produce and donate prints to raise money for a new Takach etching press.

In the Fine Arts Gallery located on the second floor of the Student Union Building at Boise State University, more than a dozen identically framed prints in shades ranging from bright red and turquoise to muted grey and brown line the walls. The exhibit, titled There’s No Press Like Home, will run through Sunday, Nov. 5.

The works were created by Boise State alumni who were invited back to the university by Printmaking Department Head Professor Jill AnnieMargaret to work in the printmaking lab earlier this year. Although half of the artists lived outside of Boise, they all returned, were granted full access to the printmaking facilities and, in exchange, donated their work to the show. AnnieMargaret curated the exhibit both to showcase the work of her former students and to raise money.

click to enlarge A series of donated prints are on display at Boise State for the alumni exhibit There's No Press Like Home. - VERONICA LEMASTER
  • Veronica Lemaster
  • A series of donated prints are on display at Boise State for the alumni exhibit There's No Press Like Home.

“It was something I came up with a year ago, because I’ve been requesting a particularly large etching press for like 10 years, and we just don’t have the capital to purchase that press, [which would] expand what we can do with faculty research and student artwork in the printmaking facility,” said AnnieMargaret. She added that the program is accepting donations, and the goal of the exhibition is to raise $30,000 to fund a Takach etching press.

click to enlarge VERONICA LEMASTER
  • Veronica Lemaster

Artists were given freedom to choose their subject matter, which resulted in works on topics ranging from “social justice issues to introspection, faith and phenomenology to grief,” according to the There’s No Press Like Home webpage.

Artist Kirsten Furlong, the director of the Visual Arts Center galleries and a lecturer in the Art Department at Boise State, found inspiration in the 1971 Marvin Gaye song “Mercy, Mercy (The Ecology).” In the black and white print she titled "Mercy Me #2," A bird overlays the silhouette of a hand, which rests on a spiderweb-covered background.

Matt Bodett’s piece, “Seen,” is a reflection of his perspective on mental illness. In it, two male silhouettes stand side by side, one with the word “seen” scrawled across it, the other filled with a stylized image of a woman.

Geological time, mass extinction and what that could mean for future lifeforms was the subject of Jacob Diaz’s "Untitled," a bright blue and white pop art-style collection of extinct animals.

Odessa Leedy found inspiration in The Expanse, a space opera by James S.A. Corey. She incorporated “the never-changing divisions between humans” in a contemporary manner, reflecting the conflicts of today in shades of dark blue, yellow and pink in her piece “Nebula.”

AnnieMargaret combined There’s No Press Like Home with Watershed, an exhibit she curated two years ago, which included work by 39 different artists from throughout the western United States. In total, approximately 60 hand pulled prints are framed in the exhibition, all by artists who have donated their work.

The prints from both exhibits are offered as perks for people who contribute to the crowdfunding program, and the more money a person donates, the more prints they receive. 

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