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Printmaking - Then & Now

February 2, 2018

Centennial Art Center spotlights the versatility of printmaking with an expansive exhibit incorporating relief prints, historic woodcuts, print on clay and mixed media art. 


Nashville, TN - Metro Park's Centennial Art Center (CAC) explores printmaking in Tennessee, February 23 - April 12, 2018.  For many centuries, printmaking has been used to create both fine art and commercial images. Printmaking Then & Now showcases both aspects of this ancient art form, from historic woodcut prints depicting Jack Daniel's Distillery to current fine art prints, as well as ceramic pieces decorated using printing techniques and mixed-media painting.

Woodcut Print

The exhibit opens with an artist reception, Friday, February 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. In a partner program with Metro Parks, Hatch Show Print will be on hand with a mini-sign press. Gallery guests will have the opportunity to hand-ink and print a preset design to take away as a keepsake from the exhibit. Guests will also have an opportunity to sign up for an Alphablock workshop that Hatch Show Print will offer at our center this April.

The Carrillo Collection provides historical context for the exhibit by depicting life in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The collection, created by artist Dan Quest (1929-1995) also contains prints of the Jack Daniel's Distillery. From 1972 to 1982, guests who visited Jack Daniel’s Distillery would receive a woodcut print as a commemorative gift. The woodcut prints were instrumental in communicating the Jack Daniel’s brand and the distillery’s commercial identity. The rustic woodblock prints fit the subject perfectly and the images carried with them the association of an artist working with his hands – using careful manual labor to produce a well-made product.

linoleum printLocal printmaking artists William Arthur, Mar Augelli, and Julie Sola (Fat Crow Press) will display relief prints. William produces block prints of landscapes that reflect his time in the wilderness of Ontario. The color of the skies, the water, the hills, the wind, the weather, the lakes were printed indelibly upon the artist’s mind over the many summers spent paddling a canoe through the immense landscape. These horizons, impressions born of joy, pleasure, weariness and solitude, are printed in small, limited editions of no more than seven.

Mar's prints are createwoodcut block printd using various printmaking techniques, from mono, stencil, collage, wood and linoleum block printing to silk screen printing. She graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, with a concentration in printmaking.

Julie carves linoleum blocks to create images that are sometimes playful and often complex. Animals often assume human characteristics in her work, and she strives to create open-ended narratives that allow viewers to create their own story. In addition to her work as a fine artist, Julie is the author of two locally successful children’s books, Run Fast Milo and Possum Dreams. For her, the children’s books are a wonderful challenge, pushing her to look at her work from a fresh perspective.

slip decorated pottery

In addition to her own prints, printmaker Julie Sola has collaborated with ceramic artist Audra Ladd to create a collection of printed ceramic artwork especially for this exhibit. The clay is relief printed with beautiful designs inspired by nature and vintage textiles. The artists use a variety of printmaking techniques with hand-carved stamps and colored slip to create platters and other types of functional ware.  Once the slabs of clay are “printed” with the collaborative designs, the artists use them to create colorful, playful platters, plates, bowls and cups of simple beauty.

Aside from the collaborative work, Audra Ladd will also show her own slip decorated pottery. Audra throws pots and alters them in interesting ways. Audra is inspired by nature, weathered objects, and vintage textiles and quilts. She incorporates these elements into the shapes and surfaces of her pots. She does most of the surface work at the leather-hard stage adding colored slips, carving images into the clay, and painting with underglazes to finish her pieces. 

Ryan Wagner’s painting series, Mashups, combines beautifully painted images with various techniques and applications, contrary materials and styles, and subject matters. Ryan’s work explores how images can be layered and/or collaged together into one unified composition.

Fascinated by nature andpainting animals, Ryan incorporates a natural element into nearly every piece. His narratives speak of time and place; printmaking elements are almost always evident in his work, whether actually printed on or used in collage. This is natural for Ryan, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in both Graphic Design and Printmaking. Even though he loved the craftsmanship of printmaking, after graduation he migrated over to painting in 2005. Ryan explores new ways to blend ideas and various materials together, and is always trying to push his skills a little further to achieve new results.  More information on printmaking techniques>>

Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open February 23 – April 12, 2018. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit them online at or find them on facebook.