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Soap Box Prints 2:

Prints, Politics & Democracy

Soap Box 1. A carton or crate used for holding soap.

2. A temporary platform like a shipping crate on which one stands while making a spontaneous and often impassioned public speech or call for action.

The American Print Alliance has organized a traveling exhibition of prints by artists who are 2008 subscribers to Contemporary Impressions or members of our allied councils. Our first venue will be at SCAD-Atlanta during our Print Dialogue Days, September 25 - 27, 2008.

The theme was interpreted broadly to include the principles, rights and responsibilities of democracy and how prints inspire people to choose democracy, defend freedoms (of speech and the press, religion, etc.), serve in elected office, vote, demonstrate for fair governance and otherwise take part in political life. Work was not rejected for being controversial or not reflecting the views and opinions of the Alliance's director and board of representatives. Political discourse is speech protected by the U.S. Constitution and First Amendment. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Alliance may not campaign for or against candidates for elected office, and we encouraged artists to choose subjects that look beyond the U.S. elections in November.

Twenty-eight prints were selected based on interpretation of the theme and quality of the work. No attempt was made to balance artists from different parts of the country, various techniques, or liberal or conservative ideas. Works were chosen to create an exhibition that is visually exciting with multiple viewpoints that are thought provoking and even confrontational. Some prints include text, but text that complements the imagery, not to carry a disproportionate emotional charge. The exhibit itself demonstrates that prints can be an influential part of the democratic process.

Please help our grassroots effort to encourage artists to take part in the political process, and help us find venues for this exhibition. Ask curators, art space directors and others with potential venues to contact director -at- printalliance.org (please retype the address, we're trying to limit spam). Schools, museums and galleries may schedule the exhibition at a nominal fee.

The American Print Alliance is proud that Soap Box Prints 2: Prints, Politics & Democracy opened as part of the Art of Democracy, a national coalition of art exhibitions.

Travel Schedule

September 24 - October 2, 2008

Concurrent with Print Dialogue Days, September 25 - 27, 2008

SCAD-Atlanta (Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta campus)

1600 Peachtree Street NW

Atlanta, Georgia

September 21 - December 11, 2009

Wayne & Lynn Hamersly Library

Western Oregon University

Monmouth, Oregon

January 11 - February 8, 2010

University Art Gallery
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, Michigan

October 25 - November 7, 2010

Concurrent with Print Dialogue Day, November 6, 2010

Visual Arts Building
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia

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Aline Feldman

Protect (Demonstration near White House

and Treasury Dept.), 2008.

White line woodcut, 13.25 x 14".

Franklynn Peterson

Stop Those Alaskan Pipelines, 2005.

Digitally enhanced and printed

photograph, 6 x 18".


Rebecca McCannell

The Beast, 2008.

Screenprint, 8 x 10".

Michael Barnes

A Race to the End, 2007.

Lithograph, 15 x 12".


Sarah Hauser

Weapons of Mass Delusion, 2008.

Photopolymer etching and metallic

paint and mica, 7 x 9.5".

Antonio Serna

Good Morning Baghdad No. 1:

Sizzling Summer, 2008.

Inkjet pigment inks, 10.5 x 12".


Stephen A. Fredericks

American Police State I, 2008.

Digitally reworked and montaged

photography-based print, 10 x 8".

Rebecca McCannell

Patriot Act, 2007.

Photopolymer intaglio, 9 x 12".


Jean Cencig

Also Victims, 2008.

Copper plate etching and

aquatint, 12 x 6".

Nancy R. Davison

American Snapshot, 2007.

Linocut, 16 x 9.5".



Art Hazelwood

Oil Flag, 2008.

Linocut, 9.5 x 3.5".

Bob Tomolillo

bout da Monét, 2007.

Lithograph, 4 x 4".


Jonathon Nicklow

One Nation, 2008. Hand colored linocut on fabric with machine stitching, 10.75 x 16.5".

Philip Laber

Electoral Banquet, 2008.

Engraving on pigmented inkjet

print, 9.875 x 15.75".


Pieter Myers

And every time he told a lie ..., 2006.

Copper photogravure with chine collé

and collage, 14 x 12".

Kim Fink

Legacy Wallpaper, 2008.

Woodcut and linocut, 16 x 20".


Brian Borlaug

Torture Speech, 2008.

Copper etching, 7 x 5".

Brian H. Jones

Another Consequence, 2008.

Aquatint with relief, 15.5 x 11.75".


Jonas Angelet

Interrogation, 2008.

Digital print and collage, 17 x 11".

Cecilia Rossey

Shining Path I, 2008.

Photopolymer intaglio, 10 x 8".


Denise Kasof

Bernini's Garden - End Global

Violation of Women, 2008.

Stone lithograph, 5 x 6".

Jean McComas

Liberty Taken, 2008. Etching,

aquatint and screenprint, 17 x 13".



Franklynn Peterson

Liberty Denied, 1968, 2007.

Digitally enhanced and printed

photograph, 18 x 14".

Margi Weir

Good Fences Make, 2008.

Digital print, 7.5 x 5.5".


Margi Weir

Homeland (color study), 2005.

Digital print, 7 x 6".

Bob Tomolillo

China Moon, 2008. Lithograph with

digital print background, 4 x 4".


Bill Ronalds

Escape, 2007. Etching

and intaglio, 12 x 12".

Kerri Cushman

Sea of Democracy, 2007.

Handmade recycled ticket paper,

letterpress embossed, 14 x 11".


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