Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
901 South College Street
Auburn, AL 36849
P: 334.844.1484

Date: February 23rd - June 16th, 2019

Following the end of WWII, printmaking experienced a surge in technological and stylistic innovation. With the G.I. Bill allowing an entire generation access to higher education, young printmakers found the nurturing setting of academia an ideal place to expand and redefine an ancient artistic tradition. As print design increased in affordability and popularity, these artists were able to reach wider audiences and experiment with new methods. Into the current century, this renaissance in traditional forms of printmaking, including lithography, serigraphy, intaglio and woodcut—along with new arrivals like digital—has inspired a collegial atmosphere in which printmakers privately trade examples of their work in order to assemble personal collections. The Catfish Press Exchange is one of these collections, representing the collaborative efforts of a group of printmakers from across the nation. Presented as gifts from expert printmaker Joe Sanders and his wife, award-winning graphic designer Julie Sanders, Catfish Press Exchange contains thirty-seven unique prints from the artists invited to contribute to this “exchange folio.” The exhibition of these images at the Jule Collins Smith of Fine Art is a rare opportunity to view examples of distinctive, contemporary printmaking never intended for commercial release.