The INK Shop/ Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press
Postmark deadline July 18!

Opening Reception Fri, Sep. 2, 5-8pm
Sep. 2 - Sep. 28

This exhibition is a reflection and a statement about current social justice issues and events on a local, national, and international level. The topics of social justice are vast: racism, classicism, sexuality, poverty, etc. Submitted work may be any technique of printmaking: narrative, abstraction, figurative, and conceptual. This art serves to educate and sensitize the viewer to various issues while conveying an underlying philosophy to the commitment to social justice, humanism, and collective responsibility. Expressions of strength, pain, humor, as well as defiance used by the artist reflect not only their diverse personal views and opinions, but also are used to facilitate awareness and promote dialogue.  Daumier, Kathe Kollwitz, Goya, Sue Coe, ASARO, The Beehive Collective, John Hitchcock, and Eric Avery serve as good examples of artists whose work continues in the long tradition of social justice advocacy. We encourage submissions using all forms of printmaking techniques.

Submission Guidelines
• CD (Digital Slide): Artists may submit up to 3 images. Digital images must be high resolution: 300 dpi at 6” longest length and should be in jpeg (JPG) format. The name of each file must begin with the artist’s last name followed by the image number and correspond to the submission form.
Example: Herbig1classicism.jpg

To submit electronically:
email :,

  1. attach submission form PDF
  2. attach up to 3 jpegs

Mail Submissions to:
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center
RE: Social Justice
330 E. MLK/State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

In person deliveries can be made to the address above.   

Timeline (postmark deadline)
Submission Deadline July 18, 2011
Notification August 5
Artwork Delivery August 25 (must arrive by 8/25!)
Opening Reception September 2
Exhibition duration September 2- 28
Pick up/ Return works by October 8

Rules & Important Information
• Entry fee is $30 per artist for up to 3 submissions.
• Exhibition is open to artists nationally, 18 years or older, submitting any form or style of printmaking (no photography or painting)
• $200 cash prize for 1st place.
• Prints must be ready for gallery display, matted
and framed with Plexiglas only please.  Please provide specific instructions for any non-standard display method.
• Insurance for all artwork in transport is the responsibility of the artist.
• Shipping costs to and from exhibit are the responsibility of the artist. Enclose return postage in your package.
• Please provide a SASE if you would like submission materials returned.

Juror’s Statement:
First, I would like to thank the committee at the Ink Shop, for inviting me to select work for this exhibition. Social Justice is a particularly poignant subject for the title of a national exhibition in today’s complicated sociopolitical climate. Given the constant tide of fresh and recurring subject matter for activist artists to explore, the opportunity to select work for this exhibition should be a diagrammatic experience of current issues.

During a recent lecture by a prominent social activist, I was empowered, hearing references and explanations to the term stability, and instability on numerous occasions. This terminology describing subtle interpretation of foreign policy, and its definitions, resonated with me and will certainly find its way into future creative research and academic expectations.

This recent experience and my invitation to jury this exhibition were serendipitous and rejuvenated the rigor in my activist/artistic practice.  With fresh perspective about what sociopolitical priorities might be, I look forward to seeing what the artists of 2011 have to say about our world, both good and bad.

Dusty Herbig is an Assistant Professor of Art, and the Director of Lake Effect Editions at Syracuse University, where he teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, digital printmaking, letterpress, and all levels of advanced and graduate print courses. Herbig earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, and his BFA from Fort Hays State University, in Hays, KS in 1996.

Herbig exhibits nationally, participating in juried exhibitions from Los Angeles to Miami to New York City, and internationally, including shows in Canada, Spain, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, China, Argentina, Japan, and Poland. His socially provocative work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, KUMU: The Art Museum of Estonia, Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon, NJ The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC, among others. He currently lives and works in Syracuse, NY.                  View Herbig’s work.