Janet Turner Print Museum

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": A Juried Exhibition of Socially Engaged Printmaking

February 14 - April 9, 2022

This juried exhibition explores the compelling work of activist and socially-engaged contemporary printmakers.

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Socially Engaged Printmaking

February 14 - April 9, 2022

Generously sponsored by David Hopper and Shari Maxson Hopper

Gallery open Monday-Saturday from Noon–4 p.m. (masks required for all indoor spaces on campus). The gallery will be closed from March 14-18.

  • Events

    Juror Talk: "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Socially Engaged Printmaking"

    Thursdsay, February 17, 5:30 p.m. | Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building, followed by a visit to the Turner Museum to view the exhibition

    Face masks required

    Juror Printmaking Demo: Hybrid Techniques in Etching

    Thursday, February 17, 11:30 a.m. 

    Juror Artist Talk

    Friday, February 18, 3:00 p.m. | Arts and Humanities Building 111

    Face masks required

    Jacob Meders, “Too Many Capitalists Not Enough Indians: Indigenous Adjustments in the Western Narrative"

    Co-sponsored by the Book in Common and the Janet Turner Print Museum 

    Thursdsay, February 24, 5:00 p.m. | Zoom

    Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu) is an Assistant Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Science at Arizona State University. He received a BFA in painting with a minor in printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. In 2011 Meders established WarBird Press, a fine art printmaking studio that he operates as the Master Printmaker in Phoenix, AZ.
    Meders has exhibited his work in Divided Lines at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM, Agents of Change: An Exhibition of Artist’ Books with a Social Conscience in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran, Washington DC, Something Old, Something New: Nothing Borrowed Recent Acquisitions from the Heard Museum Collection at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, Transcending Traditions at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, AZ,  ‘Akkum Belle:Afterwards at Jackie Headley Art Gallery, Chico State, Chico CA, First Americans: Honoring Indigenous Resilience and Creativity at Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands, and Mini WiconiGoldsmith, University of London. 
    Meders' work focuses on altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of indigenous people. This work often ties into current issues faced in Indigenous communities. His work touches many interdisciplinary approaches and repeatedly plays with the boundaries of social engagement practices. His work continues to reexamine varied documentations of Native Americans through printing processes that hold onto stereotypical ideas and how they have affected the culture of the native people. Often using book forms and prints as a symbol of western knowledge and the linear mind, he deploys them as a vehicle to challenge new perceptions of Native Americans.
  • About the Juror

    Aaron S. Coleman

    Aaron S. Coleman is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2013 and BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. As a teenager and young adult Aaron was active in the local Hip-Hop and Graffiti scene in Indianapolis and both remain as major influences in his fine art studio practice and philosophy. As the son of mixed-race parents, Aaron’s life experiences have instilled in him an interest in sociopolitical engagement and social justice work. These experiences are the guiding forces behind the work he creates.

    Aaron has exhibited internationally and received numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships for his work in lithography and mezzotint. His work can be found in the collections of The Janet Turner Print Museum, The University of Colorado, Wichita State University, the Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan, The Yekaterinburg Museum of Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Ewing Gallery Collection, and The Artist Printmaker and Photographer Research Archive among many other public and private collections.

    Juror Coleman

tran print

Thuong Tran | Family's First Arrival | Lithography, Screenprint | 2020

 wall print

M. Robyn Wall | Process of Migration | Screenprint | 2019

hermelyn di silvestro print

Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro | Sit Like a Lady 1 | Monotype | 2021

york print

Cameron York | Hot Chips | Intaglio | 2019

wylde print

Nanette Wylde | Milagros for Times Like These VI | Lithograph, Screenprint | 2021

turner print

Lisa Turner | Future Memory #1 | Screenprint | 2021

torgerson print

Tonja Torgerson | Rat Race | Screenprint | 2021

tillman print

R.L Tillman | If You Can Keep It | Risograph | 2020

smith print

Robynn Smith | 16mm | Solarplate Etching | 2019

smith print 2

Robynn Smith | August #15 | Linocut, Collage, Chine-collé | 2020

sipling print

Sarah Sipling | Protest (Print) 20 | Screenprint, Lithography, Collage | 2021

schupbach print

Terry Schupbach-Gordon | My Feet in Water | Intaglio, Woodcut, Collage | 2021

sanders print

Blake Sanders | Keep Up/Keep Out Protest Flags | Screenprint on Repurposed Fabrics with Appliqué and Reverse Appliqué Stitching | 2019

pozos print

Aaron Pozos | Love(d) | Quilted Woodcut | 2021

pietrykowski print

Nathan Pietrykowski | The Distance Between Similarities | Screenprint | 2021

meltz print

Nathan Meltz | Elon, Take Me With You! | Screenprint | 2021

McMillan print

Karina McMillan | Stroytelling | Intaglio, Chine-collé | 2021

lyons print

Beauvais Lyons | United States Congress of Trump Impersonators | Lithograph | 2020

ly print

Nguyen Ly | Altered Faces 1 | Drypoint, Collage | 2021

lopez print

Eddy Lopez | Afghanistan II | Screenprint, Digital Print | 2021

leto print

Veronica Leto | If Fat Suits + Fupas | Screenprint | 2021

lee print

Amanda Lee | Accretion of Knowledge, Wilhelmina, They Found the Children | Screenprint | 2021

kang print

Christina Kang | The Ripest Parts of Me | Photo-Lithograph | 2019

humberto print

Humberto Saenz | Limpiador de Ventanas | Lithograph, Screenprint | 2018

heartsonredding print

Angelea Heartsong-Redding | State of Affairs Pt. 3 | Screenprint | 2021

gray print

Cameron Gray | President’s Day | Screenprint | 2018

fisher print

Craig Fisher | Pale Blue Passage | Aquatint, Sugar Lift, and Chine-Colle | 2020

estrada hernandez print

Juana Estrada Hernandez | Nopalaso en nombre de Nuestras Familias | Lithograph | 2021

diggle print

Justin Diggle | Invasive Aquatic Surveillance Bio-Drone (Genetically Enhanced) | Photo-Etching | 2019

curtis print

Dadisi Curtis | Convenient Propaganda | Screenprint | 2021

cole print

Teresa Cole | Complicit | Screenprint, Puff Ink, Velvet | 2019

cai print

Danqi Cai | Everything is Fine | Screenprint | 2020

burgess print

Rachel Burgess | The Bridge at Night (Piece #73 for 100 Views of the Piscataqua) | Monotype | 2021

ariza print

Nancy Ariza | Human Rights Won't Break the Bank | Screenprint | 2020

alicia print

Juana Alícia | Requiem for Elijah | Screenprint | 2020

lukas print 5

Alex Lukas | Keep Written Names #8: Names Written in Soot on the Ceiling of Gothic Avenue, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky | Risograph Publication | 2020

lukas pring 4

Alex Lukas | Written Names #7: Names Carved into Aspen Trees by Sheepherders, Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho | Risograph Publication | 2020

lukas print 3

Alex Lukas | Written Names #5: Petroglyphs and Names Written in Stone Dateland, Arizona | Risograph Publication | 2020

lukas print 2

Alex Lukas | Written Names #4: Initials Carved into Cacti on Enchanted Rock, Llano County, Texas | Risograph Publication | 2020

lukas print 1

Alex Lukas | Written Names #3: Names and Dates Carved into Bamboo, San Marino, California | Risograph Publication | 2020