Self Help Graphics & Art

Fund: $40,000

Self Help Graphics & Art will present the Chicana/o and Latinx Print Summit Portfolio & Atelier. For forty-five years, Self Help Graphics has been an organization dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latinx artists. The Print Summit Portfolio and Atelier program, which brings together master printers and apprentices to work alongside one another, is at the cornerstone of this mission. The upcoming atelier includes multiple generations of the Chicana/o and Latinx printmaking community, representing seasoned local, regional, and national artists, such as Sonia Romero, Dewey Tafoya, Poli Marichal, Francesco Siqueiros, and Pepe Coronado; alongside Sandra C. Fernández, Malaquias Montoya, Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantez of Dignidad Rebelde, Rogelio Gutierrez, and Humberto Saenz. The summit places an emphasis on fostering a creative workforce pipeline that includes mentorship, training and knowledge sharing practice within the Chicana/o and Latinx community, allowing for expertise expansion in printmaking techniques and best practices, that are passed on to the next generation of printmakers-of-color. This atelier of renowned printmakers will culminate in the production of the publication of a Print Summit Portfolio, which will include an edition of collaborative prints produced by each artist and public workshops in 2018. The Print Summit Portfolio editions will then be featured in the Annual Print Fair & Exhibition in 2019.