UMKC Hand Print Press · 15 Years

Hand Print Press has been a force for promoting printmaking in the Kansas City area for the past 15 years. Throughout its history, the Hand Print Press has produced nine portfolios.

Each portfolio demonstrates the diversity of artistic expression of member artists, as well as the broad range of processes used by printmakers working today. Traditional etching, woodcut, lithography and combined techniques are all represented within the portfolios, along with newer processes such as photo etching and digital imaging. The images on view range from the whimsical to the philosophical and from traditional to experimental.

Artist Merlynn Lazorow uses the Giclee process to produce prints of lush luminosity on silk, while Lloyd duPont’s and Lynn Manos’ monoprints provide examples of the traditionally close relationship between painting and printmaking. Jane Vorhees uses a combination of grease and varnish to etch copper plates to produce evocative landscapes that are rich in texture and atmosphere. Michael Schonhoff and Lois Thompson combine ink-jet printing, paper punching and graphite to push the medium’s possibilities.

The images in the Nerman exhibit also run the gamut of subject matter. Featuring works by 21 participating artists, the exhibition draws from the group’s past and current portfolios. Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum, curated this anniversary show which brings together works chosen from the organization’s 15-year history. A full-color catalog accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by art historian James Martin.

Current and Past Hand Print Press Artists Included
Maryanna Adelman Merlyn Lazarow Robert Quackenbush
Joe Alburty Susi Lulaki Michael Schonhoff
Margaret Chaney Mary Kay McGinty Bridget Stewart
Sara Curran Christina McPhee Craig Allen Subler
Lloyd Dupont Art McSweeny Lois Thompson
Edward Muskoghee Hogan Lynn Manos Jane Vorhees
Gesine Janzen David Poindexter John Wilson