Our goal is two-fold. We would like to raise money to cover the expenses related to shipping and presenting the print portfolio, Posada Presente, in locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Additionally, we seek to host Grabadolandia, an educational and interactive printmaking extravaganza for free of charge for those in attendance.
Who is IGC?
Instituto Grafico de Chicago (IGC) is a small, independent collective of artists that works to promote collaborations between printmakers, with an interest in preserving and advancing the socially conscious ideals that have historically underpinned Latino printmaking. At the same time, IGC strives to demonstrate the importance, relevance, and value of printmaking to the community at large and to create printmaking opportunities for all involved.
Posada Presente (Portfolio Exchange)
In honor of the 100th anniversary of one of Mexico's most respected printmakers, Jose Guadalupe Posada, IGC is administering a print portfolio exchange with 32 national and international artists. All artists were invited to contribute a hand-pulled print inspired by the work of the renown illustrator. A prolific printer during the Porfiriato, Posada produced images that captured the quotidian and popular interests of his time—a period that witnessed an attempt by Mexican leaders to coalesce an industrial and progressive nation. By capturing the day to day interests of the popular classes, Posada’s work reached an audience beyond the insulated sphere of intelligentsia and wealth that controlled Mexico. The Posada Presente print portfolio exchange consists of work that expands upon Jose Guadalupe Posada’s legacy, focusing on contemporary issues of social justice, politics, or popular culture.
Antonio Pazaran - Chicago, IL
Art Sáenz - Chicago, IL
Carlos Barbarena - Chicago, IL
Carlos Bautista - Oaxaca, MEX
Daniel Amora - Baja California Sur, MEX
Daniel Berman - Oaxaca, MEX
Daniel Gonzalez - Los Angeles, CA
Edith Chavez - Oaxaca, MEX
Elise Robbins - Bosie, ID
Epifanio Monarrez - Chicago, IL
Eric J. Garcia - Albuquerque, NM
Ester Hernandez - San Francisco, CA
Francisco Delgado - El Paso, TX
Gabriel Villa - Chicago, IL
Humberto Valdez - Mexico City, MEX
Irving Herrera - Oaxaca, MEX
Ivan Bautista - Oaxaca, MEX
Jose Luis Guiterrez - Chicago, IL
Juan Chawuk - Chiapas, MEX
Juan Fuentes - San Francisco, CA
Judithe Hernandez - Los Angeles, CA
Manuel Guerra - El Paso, TX
Oscar Moya - El Paso, TX
Paul Valadez - Edinburg, TX
Pedro Calamagno - Oaxaca, MEX
Poli Marichal - Los Angeles, CA
Ramiro Rodriguez - South Bend, IN
Rene Arceo - Chicago, IL
Ricardo X. Serment - Chicago, IL
Salvador Andrade - Chicago, IL
Salvador Jimenez - Chicago, IL
Vanessa Sanchez - Chicago, IL
Grabadolandia- Printmaking Extravaganza!
In addition to the print portfolio exchange, IGC will host Grabadolandia - a printmaking extravaganza! This one-day event will take place on Nov. 2, 2013 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, a partner of IGC. Our goal is for this event to be free and allow the community to learn more about printmaking through hands-on art activities, demonstrations, and an exhibition featuring the work of the participating artists and other collectives. Participants will be able to print their own relief prints, make buttons, and learn about Jose Guadalupe Posada... all for FREE!
We are hopeful that with your generous contributions we will be able to obtain our goal of conducting this festival entirely free of charge to those in attendance. Funding will also cover expenses related to shipping that will enable the portfolio exchange to travel to locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Risks and challenges
-Venues are not all secured and confirmed.
-Volunteers might not all show up during the printmaking festival.
-If funding is not secured, the event and where this portfolio can go will be limited and smaller.
-Participating artists could over commit and drop out of the portfolio exchange.
Possible Solutions to Risks/Challenges
- We have already secured 3 of the 6 proposed locations and will continue to work towards confirming the others.
- We will call upon friends and family to help during the printmaking festival. Also, a few members of IGC can count on a few teacher friends to volunteer their students.
- Depending on what our budget ends up being, we will change the scope of the project and scale the event down.
- We will follow through with at least a minimum of 30 artists participating in the portfolio exchange. We will do our best to be accommodating and provide a solution that will enable them to participate.
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