2023 Platemark Interview
In Platemark s3e29, host Ann Shafer speaks with April Vollmer, an artist working in mokuhanga (Japanese color woodblock printing), who also wrote the indispensable guide to that form: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop (Berkeley: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2015).

Platemark Interview

2023 Animation Collaboration with Susan Rostow
A collaborative stop motion animation created at Pioneer Works, Second Sunday, April 9, 2023, held in conjunction with On the Waterfront: A View from the Coast (Line), a CENTRAL BOOKING exhibition in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society.

Susan Rostow collaborative stop action

2023 Gurshtein, Ksenya, “Artist Talk: April Vollmer | Looking Forward: The Continuing Relevance of Japanese Printmaking,” Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, April 4, 2023

Powerpoint opening image
phone capture of talk at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

2022 Zadorozny, André, “April Vollmer – Printmaker: The Balance of Paste, Water, and Colour,” (podcast) Interview with April Vollmer about her history with mokuhanga. The Unfinished Print, Popular Wheat Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 3, 2022

2022 Crites, Alison, Manager of Exhibitions, “Mokuhanga Stories, Four Artists,” The World Between the Block and the Paper Exhibition (video documentation), Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT, February 25, 2022

2022 Four Artists at Southern Vermont Art Center

2021 Kiggell, Ralph, Acting Chair, “The Evolution of Mokuhanga Since 2015 Publication of Book,” (conference presentation) Sumi Fusion, Fourth International Mokuhanga Conference, Nara, Japan, Dec 3, 2021

April Vollmer presentation 2021 IMC Nara

2019 Hiratsuke, Yuji, Art Professor, “Visiting Artist Lecture: April Vollmer,” (videotaped talk), Oregon State Visiting Artists and Scholars Series, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, January 24, 2019

2017 Morinoue, Hiroki and Setsuke, Chairs, “Bridge-Building, Mokuhanga goes International, Mokuhanga Programs of Keiko Kadota,” (conference presentation) Beauty of Mokuhanga, Discipline and Sensibility, Third International Mokuhanga Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI, Sept 30, 2017

2019 Mary Hood organizer, with Melanie Mowinski and April Vollmer, “Slowness Portfolio,” SLOW, a Symposium in Praxis & Theory MASS MoCA. Presentation about my woodcut print The Architecture of Desire, North Adams, MA, November 1, 2019 (not recorded)

Vollmer Mass MOCA presentation
Architecture of Desire introductory image for presentation at Mass MOCA 2019

Past Conferences and Classes

The Fourth International Mokuhanga Conference, Nara and online with documentation on the International Mokuhanga Conference Youtube channel
December 1-3, 2021

Southern Graphics Council International, Madison, WI
March 16-19, 2022 – Our Shared Future

Southern Graphics Council International, Las Vegas, Nevada
April 4 to 7, 2018 – Altered Landscapes
Themed Portfolio of woodcuts:  Sustained Ingrain from East To West

IMPACT 9, ENCUENTRO Santander, Spain
September 1 to 9, 2018

The Third International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC2017) Hawaii
U. Manoa, Honalulu and Donkey Mill Art Center
September 28 to October 1, 2017
Photos of the conference, with ninety-nine participants from sixteen countries are here.

The First International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC2011)
Kyoto and Awaji, Japan

the First Internatinoal Mokuhanga Conference
the First International Mokuhanga Conference













New Book: Living on the Edge

Just published: Living on the Edge, Black Bird/White Bird at the Cliffs, a new book based on April Vollmer’s recent bird photography.

Book: Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge is a collection of photographs of black and white birds taken along the northern California Pacific shore during the winter of 2020. The white birds are great egrets and snowy egrets, the black birds are crows and ravens. These are all common birds, managing along a thin edge of possibility. They are common because they are so adaptable, living along the cliffs at the edge of the ocean, and at the margins of human activity. They are experts at calculating exactly how much energy to spend avoiding close contact with humans.

Blurb Book Distribution and Preview


Presentation at Mass MOCA

MASS MoCA talk about my woodcut print The Architecture of Desire at SLOW, a Symposium in Praxis & Theory with artists Mary Hood and Melanie Mowinski…so fun to present a talk about the slow development of one of my woodcut prints at this great museum.

Vollmer Mass MOCA presentation
Architecture of Desire presentation at Mass MOCA 2019

artists at Mass MOCA
Melanie Mowinski, April Vollmer and Mary Hood

Full pdf of Architecture of Desire talk

2017 ‘Pests of Public Importance’ at International Print Center New York

on view at IPCNY’s New Prints 2017 Winter exhibition

Pests of Public Importance, 2017, edition 126
3 x 2.25 inch woodcut and letterpress boustrophedon accordion book
April Vollmer: woodcut
Esther K. Smith: concept, book structure, design
Dikko Faust: letterpress, typesetting
Publisher: Purgatory Pie Press
With an eponymous poem by Georgia Luna Smith Faust
available from Purgatory Pie Press
Dikko Printing on his Vandercook
Also available uncut as a flat print in an edition of 40

Mosquitos carry zika, yellow fever, dengue, malaria and more. The importance of these pests has increased with the combination of transcontinental travel and global warming. Mosquito species evolved for every ecological niche in our interconnected world. Their power is in their numbers and their power of replication, reflected in the woodcut print with its rhythm of insects framed with a repeating classical palmette frieze.

2016 Japanese Art Society of America Lecture

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 pm
Japanese Art Society of America at The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets, New York
Mokuhanga in Translation: Printing, Writing and Teaching: the World of Japanese Woodcuts

Join us for a lecture by April Vollmer, a New York–based artist and printmaker who specializes in mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut printmaking. Ms. Vollmer received an MFA from Hunter College, has exhibited her work internationally and has taught workshops across the U.S. Awards include fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts,and the Nagasawa Art Park program in Japan. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Contemporary Impressions and Art in Print. She was on the board of the First and Second International Mokuhanga Conferences in Japan and her book, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, was released by Watson-Guptill in 2015. Reservations are required: please visit JASA Calendar of Events.
April Vollmer, Three of Hearts, 12 x 12 inches, mokuhanga and gold leaf