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Story Contact: Catherine Sullivan, 530.898.4476, csullivan@csuchico.edu

Stop Date: January 26, 2010
For Immediate Release

8th Janet Turner National Print Competition Presented Jan. 26-Feb. 19 at CSU, Chico

Exciting, cutting edge works by independent printmakers — both established and new — will be on display at CSU, Chico during the 8th Janet Turner National Print Competition, January 26-February 19. Exhibition sites include the Turner (located in the Meriam Library), and the University Art Gallery (located in Taylor Hall).

More than 200 printmakers from coast to coast entered 600 plus prints. Submissions were reviewed by distinguished juror Ruth Weisberg from the University of Southern California. Weisberg selected about sixty prints for exhibition, three of which will be awarded purchase prizes and become part of the Turner permanent collection.

“I think Janet Turner, the mentor and professor, would applaud the National Print Competition,” says Turner curator Catherine Sullivan. “After all, Janet Turner used her collection of fine art prints — 3,476 in total — as a teaching tool to both inspire and instruct her students about different approaches to printmaking.” Referring to her collection, Turner herself writes, “I bought as many styles and techniques as possible, regardless of the reputation of the artist, because, in teaching and printmaking, every new technique is interesting.”

Juror Ruth Weisberg is dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. An established artist, Weisberg’s work — primarily painting, drawing and printmaking — is widely exhibited nationally and internationally at the Getty, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University, Biblioteca Nazionale d’Italia (Rome), and Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris). Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italia.

The Janet Turner National Print Competition is a bi-annual event that takes a full year to produce. Past jurors have included print museum curators, print publishers and printmaking instructors. Some exhibition prints will be for sale.

Weisberg will talk about her art and printmaking at a public lecture January 28th, followed by a reception from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Turner. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact Sullivan, at 898-4476 or email csullivan@excahnge.csuchico.edu.

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