International Miniature Prints take center stage

Lynn Shaler’s etching Le Sejour will be part of the exhibition.

Lynn Shaler’s etching Le Sejour will be part of the exhibition.

The Greenwich Arts Council (GAC) will prove bigger isn’t always better when they will display The International Miniature Print Exhibition — a collaboration between the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk and the GAC.

The exhibition, which had its opening ceremony Dec. 12,  is a biennial project which receives entries from all across the world with artists from more than 30 countries participating. The concept is to invite artists to submit actual original prints for exhibition consideration which measure no more than four inches square. Any hand printmaking is acceptable, and often artists use a combination of methods to produce compelling works.

The exhibit will be open through Feb. 9, 2014.

Approximately 900 prints were submitted this year, making this the largest exhibition of its kind to-date. Juror for the show was Jan Howard, curator of prints, drawings and photography at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, who selected 300 prints for the exhibition. The result is an eclectic grouping of miniature prints — all showing a variety of techniques, styles and subjects — which describes little worlds and concepts.

From the simple to the complex this unique format allows artists from different cultures to interpret the challenge of the “miniature” in their art work. The format also forces the artist to focus on the bare essentials of an image or concept. The range of media includes all aspects of both traditional and experimental printmaking.

The Greenwich Arts Council is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue. Admission is free and the galleries are handicapped accessible.

For more information call 203-862-6750 or visit Greenwichartscouncil.org.

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