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Looks Good On Paper, National Paper Arts Exhibition





This juried exhibition will showcase diverse practices and concepts in paper arts including trends and advances in the art of hand papermaking, politics of paper/papermaking, and explorations of the materiality of paper itself.


Work will be exhibited in Pyramid Atlantic's Helen C. Frederick Gallery, August 19-October 2, 2022.


Cindy Cheng, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, Gretchen Schermerhorn

Cindy Cheng lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Ranch Artist Residency and in 2020 was set to participate in the Joan Mitchell Center Residency but that has been postponed until 2022/23. She is a recipient of a 2018 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and in 2017 she won the Sondheim Artscape Award.

Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary and a Working Artist Project Fellow with The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. She is also an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College.

Gretchen Schermerhorn is currently the Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. She is currently part of the adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches Printmaking and Book Arts.


2D and 3D works on/in paper, where the paper is an important conceptual or technical aspect of the work. Prints, drawings, alternative photo processes on paper, pulp paintings and pulp sculptures, sculptural techniques in paper, recycled paper, folded, cut, pierced, or otherwise manipulated paper, and mixed media paper pieces are all eligible for entry.


Three jurors prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on August 19.


Pyramid retains a 40% commission on sold works. We prefer to exhibit works that are for sale and will aim for 90% of the works in this exhibition to be available for purchase. Please make sure that 50% or more of the works you submit are for sale and indicate their prices in the work description.


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Denbo Fellowship





This Fellowship is designed to offer artists, from a range of artistic disciplines, an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice, and provides a unique opportunity to complete a new body of work at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.


Selected artists will receive:

Up to one month of access to the printshop, typeshop, paper studio and/or bindery 

Key to studios and 24-hour access

Ten hours of one-on-one technical assistance 

A stipend for travel, materials, housing, etc. ($250 two weeks, $350 three weeks, or $500 one month)

Storage space and flat file for tools and materials

Use of standard shop supplies



Each applicant will be judged on the artistic merit of his/her work, interest and potential in printmaking, paper arts and book arts (or a combination thereof), as well as the quality and clarity of his/her plan for the residency. Although previous experience in a Pyramid Atlantic discipline may be helpful to a successful applicant, such experience is not necessary or expected. Artists are also asked to give an artist talk during their residency.


Residency Length: 

Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 1 month (specify the amount of time in the application)


Selection Process: 

A panel of professionals including artists, curators, and arts administrators will jury each round of applications.

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Keyholder Residency





Pyramid Atlantic Art Center's Keyholder Residency is a competitive opportunity for emerging artists who want to have unlimited access to the studios in exchange for working 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic. The residency is awarded to artists who hope to gain more knowledge and improve their skills in the printmaking, papermaking or book arts studios. Two artists are selected per season by the Pyramid Atlantic artistic staff. Keyholders work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists, and are expected to abide by all studio policies. Housing does not come with Keyholder Residency. 

Fall Residency Dates: September 3 –December 6, 2019
Selected Artists will receive: 

24-hour studio access (up to 30 hours a week) 

Flat file & storage space

Promotion in Pyramid Atlantic newsletter and social media

Keyholder residents are asked to:

Work 4 hours a week for Pyramid Atlantic (Perform daily operational tasks including but not limited to ordering supplies, receiving and unpacking orders, responding to organizational inquiries, and working at the reception desk) 

Care for studio equipment and tools

Bring consumable supplies (paper, ink, newsprint, etc.)

Present one artist talk or public demonstration

Share studio with other artists and Pyramid Atlantic programming


Project description-a letter of intent explaining why would you like to participate in the Keyholder Program, how this opportunity will affect your career goals, and what studios/equipment you plan on using. 


10 images of recent work 

$25 Application Fee

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BIG INK at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD



BIG INK, a nationally recognized print arts organization, is coming to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in 2019.  Maryland Hall has invited BIG INK to host a two-day event where prints will be pulled from large-scale woodblock plates carved ahead of time by sixteen artists.  We are seeking image proposals from emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists who would like to carve a woodblock, at least 24" x 36" in dimension, to print at the event.  No prior printmaking experience is required. Any artist that has an interest in print media and wants to achieve a deeper understanding of woodblock carving is welcome to apply.

Upon completing the application and being accepted, artists will have a minimum of two months prior to the event to carve their design into a piece of plywood.  We've assembled the most invaluable technical observations, made by both BIG INK's directors and the artists we've worked with in the past, into how-to videos that guide participants through the carving process.  The artists' sole responsibility will be to bring a fully carved and ready to print woodblock on their assigned printing day.  All consumable materials including paper, ink, cleaning supplies and equipment usage are included with participation. 

The event itself will be an excellent way to network with other participants, plug into our growing creative community, and produce high-quality work that can be used later for sale and exhibition purposes.

About BIG INK:

BIG INK's mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and extend its practice.  Founded in 2012, BIG INK was originally the brainchild of Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet.  Castonguay, whose personal woodblock work is often monumental in scale, was seeking to organize a community of large-scale woodblock artists.  Castonguay and Burnet began to host a series of informal get togethers at print studios around their local area.  These happenings gradually became more formal and eventually evolved into the collaborative working model BIG INK utilizes today.  BIG INK works by establishing a temporary print shop on site at affiliate organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected, either by personal invitation or through a call-for-entry process, to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.

About Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts:

Dedicated to Art for All, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong, accessible  engagement in the arts.  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is Maryland’s leading arts campus, actively engaging the community in innovative, creative endeavors in arts education and the performing and visual arts.  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was founded in 1979 by a group of artistic visionaries who believed the former Annapolis High School could best be re-used as a community arts center.  Today, our historic landmark building is the community's gathering place for the arts.  Through year-round classes, performances, exhibits, tours, workshops and demonstrations people of all ages discover the transformative power of the arts.  Each day, Maryland Hall nurtures inspiration, cultivates originality and fosters the imaginations of the children, families, students and adults who come through our doors.

Participant Benefits:

Events are a constructive way to collaborate with the BIG INK team in a creatively inspiring space while gaining an in-depth knowledge of how to create a large-scale woodblock print. The program is designed for printmakers who understand basic woodblock principles but want to expand their expertise and working scale. The program is also designed for those not yet trained in woodblock but whose visual aesthetic would lend itself to the medium. This includes illustrators, sculptors, designers, and painters who use bold contrast, strong outlines, and patterning. Participating in an event often inspires artists to incorporate more print work in their studio practice.

BIG INK's role is to make the production of a large-scale woodblock accessible and easy to understand. We hope to make the experience rewarding and informative by imparting our knowledge of preferred materials and techniques. We do so through a PDF materials guide and series of step-by-step videos that walk participants through the carving process. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed. At the conclusion of the event BIG INK photographs each participant's finished woodblock print. We add this digital image to the online archive. These images are later used to help curate BIG INK themed exhibits at national and international art venues.

How Many Prints Are Produced?

BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's woodblock.  Although BIG INK events typically happen in a community setting we pride ourselves on producing high-quality impressions.  Work is printed using oil-based inks on archival paper and the quality is comparable to what you would receive working with a master printer at a private studio.

What happens to the prints produced at the event?

In order for us to photograph your work and use it for curatorial projects, we request ownership of one print for our archive.  At some point, we hope to donate these works to a museum.  Currently, the archive consists of over 150 prints and growing.  The artist keeps the other two prints produced at the event.

What do I submit with my image proposal?

We ask for basic contact info, a short artist statement/bio, anticipated dimensions of your woodblock and most importantly a JPEG or JPG that represents what you intend to carve.  You are welcome to submit an existing image from your portfolio or an entirely new image.  For best results, upload your image in black & white as a JPG via the application on our apply page.  Please note your proposal image doesn't have to be completed on a large scale.  It's primarily to give a sense of what you'd like to carve as a woodblock.  This can be drafted in your preferred medium.  We've found that sharpie, pen & ink, and dark pencil gives us the clearest impression of your concept when jurying.  When creating your concept image try to keep everything black & white and avoid the use of gray tones if possible.  Please refer to this Flickr album of past accepted proposals for inspiration and reference when drafting your design.  Images must be solely created by the applicant.

What material should I use to carve my woodblock?

Artists are responsible for securing their own 1/2” thick birch ply, 1/2" cherry ply, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina.  The plywood or MDF must be 1/2” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".

How big can I work?

Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.


It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $300 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, equipment usage and photography of the finished work.  All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships at this time.

Other Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?   A: Yes, list both names on the application.

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?  A: Yes

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?  A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?  A: Your proposal image can be small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your woodblock.

Q: Are we expected to attend both printing days?  A: No, but you’re welcome to attend.

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?  A: Three, one of which is archived in the BIG INK portfolio

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  Therefore there isn't enough time to print more than three impressions of your woodblock at the event.

Q: What type of paper do we use?  A: Masa

Q: What type of ink do we use?  A: Oil-based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work clothes.

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?  A: No

Q: Can we print in color?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  Therefore there isn't enough time and space for color printing.

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?  A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work.

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?  A: We use Airbnb most frequently and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?  A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Q: Can I create an edition of prints in my own time from the same woodblock after the event?  A: Yes

Q: Can BIG INK create an edition of prints for me after the event?  A: Yes, for a fee.

Q: Can I cut the block in half to facilitate transport to and from the venue?  A: Yes, we recommend it for images over 6' in length. We will simply abut the pieces together on the press during printing.

Artist Testimonials:

"Being a professional sculptor, carving a woodcut was something that appealed to my sensibilities but was also something I'd never done.  BIG INK's step by step videos was helpful in guiding me through the process. BIG INK answered my technical questions quickly and gave me feedback on my image when I emailed photos.  I'm now taking what I learned as a BIG INK participant and integrating it back into my 3-D work." Kerry O. Furlani

"BIG INK encouraged all the participants to work together to execute their prints. The event inspired me to continue exploring scale and surface in my practice and opened up a new channel of communication with a great group of artists."  Enrique Figueredo

Deadline to submit a proposal: Midnight, Jan 21, 2019

Event Location: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Event Date(s): March 30 & 31, 2019

Event Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Public Time: 11 am - 4 pm

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Fee Detail: 
Free to apply; $300 if accepted

Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD



BIG INK at Maryland Hall

If you're interested in creating a large woodcut for this event please visit The deadline to apply is May 29th, 2017.

BIG INK is partnering with Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for an event that fosters appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. On August 4th & 5th, 2017 BIG INK will bring a 48” x 96” mobile printmaking press to Maryland Hall. BIG INK volunteers will help pre selected participating artists print woodcuts en plein air. The finished prints will be hung in a highly visible area, creating a viewing gallery for all to enjoy.

The participating artists, selected by Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, will bring giant carved wood blocks measuring at least 24" x 36" in size. Visitors will witness woodcuts being printed in an open forum. Handouts will explain the process, its history, and context in contemporary art. In addition, the artists who created the work will be in attendance to network and answer questions. The prints created at BIG INK events are exhibited in university galleries, art centers, and museums, such as a recent show in Seoul, Korea.

Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $275 if selected to participate
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