The LAPS National Print Exhibition celebrated it's 20th anniversary in 2010. Since 1973, when the first LAPS National Print Exhibition was held at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, the organization has been presenting a comprehensive biennial exhibition of the artist print. Over the years, many talented and committed artists have volunteered their time to organize the exhibits in conjunction with notable jurors to create an exhibition of interest to the general public. Each National is accompanied with the production of a catalog that documents the participating artists and artwork in the exhibition along with statement from the juror that is unique to each National since 1973.
Since 1973, LAPS has sponsored a National Print Exhibition every two years. The LAPS National includes recent work from any of the participating Fine Art presses, many which have been prominent in Los Angeles since the 1960's, encouraging a more thorough dialogue for the state of the contemporary print. Artists of international stature exhibit alongside local and national artists, all of whom have been juried into the show. Many generous donors, corporations, organizations and private collectors have supported the National Exhibition with cash awards and purchase prizes that help support the LAPS Foundation Scholarship awards as well as selected artists of all background and ages selected from the show.
Over the years, jurors have included artists and curators such as Archana Horsting, Ruth Weisberg, Ed Ruscha, Nathan Oliveira, Ynez Johnston, Laddie John Dill, Henry Hopkins, Bruce Davis, Kevin Salantino and Gordon Fuglie to name a few.
Each National Exhibition includes the production of a comprehensive catalog of the exhibition, including photos of exhibited work and information regarding the participating artists. These catalogs are an excellent reference for the artist, curator and print enthusiast.
Since 2003 the National has included a special side exhibition that highlights the career of a notable artist in the field of Printmaking. These honorees have included June Wayne, Ynez Johnston and Robert Blackburn. These special honoree exhibitions add greatly to the interest and breadth of what are often thought of as merely "group shows". The dynamic created is inspiring and raises an awareness of the many connections within the world of the fine art print.
Exhibition venues since the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery are also prominent in the Arts community of southern California. The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA hosted the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth National exhibitions. The Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University and the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts have hosted multiple Nationals. The 19th National was hosted by the Riverside Art Museum in 2007 and for the 20th anniversary the National returned to where it all began at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2009/2010, to overwhelming acclaim. Find more about the LAPS 20th National here.
Since it's founding in 1963, the local LAPS group has expanded and now is an international society of well over 600 artist/printmakers from all across the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, Korea and Egypt.
New artist members are juried in each year by distinguished jurors during the National exhibitions, fellow artists, curators, educators and collectors during the twice yearly membership jury in Spring and Winter. In addition, LAPS offers Associate, Student, and Patron memberships.
Anyone interested in purchasing a catalog from one of the past Nationals is encouraged to state the specific number or year of the exhibition and place your request here.