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Printfest Exhibition

Top Left: Jeremy Millard, Top Right: Aubrey Hedrick, Bottom Left: Shannon Bourne, Second from Bottom Right: September Krueger
Top Left: Jeremy Millard, Top Right: Aubrey Hedrick, Bottom Left: Shannon Bourne, Second from Bottom Right: September Krueger

The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is pleased to feature "UNCW Printfest Exhibition."

Join us on Friday, March 24 from 6-9pm for the Opening Reception and Friday, April 28 from 6-9pm for the Closing Reception of "UNCW Printfest Exhibition," which is part of the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Meet artist and UNCW professor Shannon Bourne and student artists, view this striking work, and enjoy wine and light refreshments with WHQR staff. Join us in the the MC Erny Gallery for this exciting Fourth Friday event!

About Printfest:
Since 2015, UNCW’s Art & Art History Department has hosted a biennial event called “PRINTFEST”. The event is a daylong public printmaking showcase held outside of the Cultural Arts building.

Using a construction paving roller and an unlikely press bed - the front parking lot of the Cultural Arts Building - a team of artists and volunteers work collaboratively to print large-scale woodcuts throughout the day.

For each of the PRINTFEST EVENTS, dozens of independent artists and students from multiple colleges across North Carolina have carved designs into 4’ x 6’ wood, which were then inked and printed on muslin before a live audience.

The theme of the woodcut designs each year is based on the work of local non-profits in the hopes of introducing these groups to UNCW students and the local community. In the past, the non-profits chosen have included Cape Fear River Watch, Fully Belly Project, Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem, and Plastic Ocean Project.

The large, unique prints are available for purchase during the event and a portion of the sale amount is given to the non-profit. Each individual block is printed in a limited edition of three.

The prints in this exhibition are just a small sample of what has been created during past PRINTFEST events.

Participating artists include:

Aubrey Hedrick

Jeremy Millard

Stephen Bode

Danny Thomas

Shannon Bourne

September Kruger

Jacob Parker

Ben Billingsly

Tyler Wolf

Topher Alexander

Scott Ludwig

Nathan Verway

The next UNCW PRINTFEST is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in UNCW's Cultural Arts Building parking lot.

Read more about UNCW Printfest by clicking the PDF below:

Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.