CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – There’s no need to drive more than 200 miles to Austin for high-caliber art. The Full Court Press (FCP) North American Juried Print Exhibition will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Islander Art Gallery in the Hamlin Shopping Center as a part of the FCP Printmaking Symposium. The exhibition and symposium celebrate printmaking, an art form that creates multiple reproductions of a unique image, usually hand-printed on paper from matrices including plates, wood blocks, stones and silkscreens.
FCP, led by Ryan O’Malley, Associate Professor of Art, begun in 2014 as an extension of the Printmaking Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The FCP North American Juried Print Exhibition is a hallmark event and includes a juror’s lecture immediately followed by an opening reception featuring dozens of pieces of original art.
“The FCP Print Symposium, which runs Wednesday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 7, is four days celebrating the diversity and connectivity of print media,” said O’Malley. “People attending exhibition and symposium can look forward to a wide range of images and artists demonstrating mastery of various printmaking techniques.”
Jurors include the talented Margaret Simpson and Tom Druecker of Slugfest Printmaking Workshop and Gallery in Austin. Afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the judges, printmaking enthusiasts, and many of the artists themselves who can describe their works to the viewing audience.
“This kind of exhibition is extremely valuable for our Island students and our community,” said O’Malley. “Instead of exposing viewers to the work of one artist, there will be numerous artists’ works to view. The variety of techniques and ideas presented create a more diverse and inspiring learning experience.”
The 70 works of art were selected for the FCP North American Juried Print Exhibition were narrowed from 170 applicants who submitted a total of 500 images from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The jurors will select the top three prints for cash awards totaling $1,500, with numerous other honors and material awards donated by various sponsors.
One of the included artists is Silas Breaux, the Building Manager for the Center of the Arts and the Woodshop Technician for the Art Department at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
“It’s my first time exhibiting in Corpus Christi, and I’m excited to share a venue with some of the biggest names in North American printmaking,” said Breaux.
For Breaux, his inspiration stemmed from visits to his paternal grandfather’s childhood home, where he realized that the home wasn’t the grand vision he built in his head.
“My experience led me to consider how selective we are when remembering our history and how we focus on the more noble and, often, embellished aspects of those memories,” said Breaux. “The goal of my piece in the show is to physically represent that idea by distilling these images of abandoned homes down to appealing geometric forms.”
Also making the top 70 finalists are Islander alumni Lars Roeder and Stephanie Alaniz.
This free and public exhibit will run from Thursday, Oct. 5, through Wednesday, Nov. 1. The FCP hosts numerous events and gives Islander students opportunities to work with local and international professional artists. For more information on the many FCP Print Symposium events, like the Ink Slinger’s Ball held at the House of Rock, click here.