The Screenprint Biennial
The Screenprint Biennial is an exhibition and organization that seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, posters, and more. The exhibition does not seek to act as a survey or “who’s-who” of screenprinting, but to assemble a show that is consistent in highlighting artists who utilize adventurous, relevant, and passionate takes on the screenprinted medium.
Since the first biennial premiered in upstate New York in the fall of 2014, it has continued to flourish every two years, exhibiting in non-profit galleries in upstate New York, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, and the Opalka Gallery at the Sage College of Albany. Each exhibit has been accompanied by a symposium, consisting of a range of artistic and scholarly activities, from keynote lectures to open portfolio sessions. The 2020 Screenprint Biennial is scheduled to have a “Biennial South” component, exhibiting at Middle Tennessee University, traveling to Buffalo, NY for “Biennial North”, where it will be hosted by Mirabo Press and the University of Buffalo.
The Screenprint Biennial was founded as the curatorial project of Nathan Meltz, printmaker and lecturer in the Art Department of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In 2019 the Screenprint Biennial became an organization of artists under the umbrella of the Screenprint Biennial Steering Committee, consisting of artists, curators, and academics coordinating the planning of the next biennial.