Each year, Plains Art Museum’s Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio has the honor of hosting a print exchange including artists from seven different regional universities. During the print exchanges, artists agree to create an edition for an exhibition and in return, they receive a portfolio including several of the other participating artist’s prints. There is an element of surprise for the participating artists as well as the visitors to the exhibition. This element of surprise is coupled with an equal amount of generous spirit in the form of the free sharing of creativity and ideas.
Due to Covid-19, the print exchange this year has been canceled. Instead, keeping in line with this tradition, the Museum’s Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio Manager Amanda Heidt has selected prints from every previous exchange that has taken place. The selection of prints highlights the variety of image-making that is possible within the fine art of printmaking. In each of our print exchanges, participating artists reflect on diverse interpretations of a theme. Included in Along the Way: Selections from the Print Exchange Archive are themes from: Quad (2011), Oil and Water (2013), Community (2015), Matrix (2016), Seven (2017), Home – Then and Now (2018), Interruption of Dreams (2019), and a Zine Exchange (2020).
Each participating artist creates an edition using both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes such as lithography, screen printing, relief, and intaglio. Artists involved are faculty and students from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, North Dakota State University, Minot State University, University of Manitoba, Valley City State University, and University of North Dakota.