Divergent INK: Black & White International Print Show, Autumn 2017

Rubber City Prints

Entry Deadline: Sep. 10

467 W. Market St.
Akron, OH 44303
Phone 330-269-9837


We are excited to announce our first in house print show at our new location – Divergent INK: Black & White International Print Exhibition. This show is inspired by the original members show in November of 2014 when Rubber City Prints first opened its doors to educating the public in the fine art of printmaking and sharing our studio services with Akron, Ohio.

In the northern hemisphere nature’s color continues to fade as the world goes to sleep during our transition from autumn to winter. To prepare our minds for the absence of color and the beginning of winter solstice the world of color becomes secondary as we prepare for a blanket of white to cover the north. During this time, we see nature preparing itself with the idea that we must occupy ourselves inside our dwellings during the long winter months ahead. Conceptual creation becomes one of highest importance during this time and in this show we hope to gather a divergent collection of fine art prints that display the highest quality of imagery using only black & white ink.

This autumn we encourage national and international artists to join together and give the Akron, Ohio community a show that displays diversity, contrast, and individuality. Divergent INK will capture harmony and uniformity within the relative degrees of black and white ink. We hope to link our world of contrast with the subtleties of printmaking in the absence of color. Everyday at RCP we strive for a future that will inspire artists to keep creating fine art and to stand out among others as an individual artist and commit to growing their niche in the artworld. By entering this show you will support the growth of a non-profit, artist-based printmaking community and future residencies and internships for local students.

Divergent INK will be on view October 13th – December 7th; This will be a Juried show, with limited acceptance. Deadline for entries is September 10th by 5pm through email or Google Docs.

Erica Criss holds her MFA from Kent State University and has been a practicing printmaker for the past 10 years. Erica has been working in the non-profit sector of the arts for the past 7 years and is currently managing a printmaking studio in New York City, the Manhattan Graphics Center. Here, Erica works with a diverse group of artists and runs the New York International Miniature Print Exhibition and Competition. She has seen and handled prints from all over the world and has partnered with many NY instituions such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and The Whitney Museum NY.

Submissions Deadline: Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Acceptance Notification: Friday, September 15th, 2017
Accepted Prints Deadline: Monday, October 9th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th from 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 13th- December 7th Autumn 2017

Prints must display an excellent use of printmaking processes and techniques.
Prints must display only Black & White Ink with gray values accepted.
Selected prints will encompass artistic diversity in size, orientation and location throughout the world.
Maximum size of prints is 29”x41” Below this size anything is acceptable and there is no size or orientation requirement.
All prints must have been created within one year of our submission deadline on Sunday September 10th 2017.
Only original fine art prints are eligible; reproductions of other artwork in the form of digital prints are not acceptable.

$45 for first 3 entries
$10 for each additional entry under 20X30 paper size
$15 for each additional entry over 20X30 paper size.

*All RCP members receive one discounted $10 entry- Become a member today!

All accepted entries will be listed in an online exhibition catalog.
1st Place – Best of Show: A solo exhibition at Rubber City Prints, print supplies gift basket, $250 voucher towards RCP workshops.
Second Place – Distinction Award: 2 Free future entries, $100 voucher to RCP workshops.
Third Place – Merit Award: $50 workshop voucher at RCP.
Honorable Mentions (2): $25 workshop voucher at RCP.\

Online via Pay Pal through the links above.
In person at our shop any Sunday before September 10th, 11am-5pm. Credit card, cash, or check accepted.
Checks made payable to Rubber City Prints. Send to 467 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44303.

*All checks and forms of payment must be received by September 10th.

Title the document file: Last,First Name.doc, please submit a word doc. or send this information via Google Docs to [email protected].

Name each image as follows: artist’s last name_first name_title_number of entry. For example: Bryce_Brenna_Presence_Moment_01
Must be clear, accurately displaying the work and done in a professional manner.
Image resolution at 72 dpi and in jpeg format, the largest dimension at 1000 pixels.

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