2013 Material Muse: Japanese Paper Inspiring Print Exchange Portfolio

2013 Vessel, mokuhanga and digital on washi, from portfolio Material Muse, organzied by Japanese Paper Place, Toronto

Southern Graphics Council International Conference, March 20-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, WisconsinHosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA)Portfolio Exhibition: Material Muse: Japanese Paper Inspiring Print organized by Sigrid Blohm, the Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, Canada

The twelve artists included in this portfolio each work differently, but all have decided to use Japanese paper because its unique characteristics enhance their own prints in some way. In choosing to print on washi – paper made by many caring hands – each artist’s work becomes a merging of creative processes, those of printmaker and papermaker, and the results are richer for it.

Elizabeth D’Agostino, Brian Curling, Catherine Farish, Karen Kunc, Kristen Martincic, Emma Nishimura, Deb Oden, Loree Ovens, Liz Parkinson, Julia Prime, April Vollmer, Erik Waterkotte



2012 Kentler International Drawing Space: Prints Uncovered

Breathing In, 2004, mokuhanga and silkscreen on washi, 21.5 x 21.5 inches

Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, Sallie Mize, curator

June 8 – July 22, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 8, 6-8pm

Tomie Arai, Barbara Bondy, Hedwig Brouckaert, Ken Buhler, Andrea Callard, Beth Caspar, Philip Chen, Aaron Drew, Georg Ettl, Jessie Nebraska Gifford, Charles Hancock, John Himmelfarb, Leslie Kerby, Jiri Kornatovsky, Karen Kunc, Simon Lewandowski, Luce, Stephen Maine, Karen Helga Maurstig, Florence Neal, Debra Pearlman, Andra Samelson, Susan Schwalb, Robert Sestok, Kiki Smith, Christine Staehelin, Mary Ting, April Vollmer, Ruth Wetzel

2012 Southern Graphics Council New Orleans

New Orleans Conference – March 14 to 17, 2012

Delta, 2012, mokuhanga woodcut, 18 x 18 inches

For the conference “Navigating Currents” Johntimothy Pizzuto and John Driesbach organized this portfolio interpreting the theme as navigating life.

“The Print Booked” exhibition at the conference included a variety of artist books curated by artist Maddy Rosenberg from gallery artists from her gallery Central Booking in New York City.

SGCI Website: sginternational.org

2012-April Vollmer SGC New Orleans Photos






2012 Gallery Onetwentyeight: February Group Exhibition

Torso #5, 2011, 24 x 16, digital mounted on wood panel

Gallery Onetwentyeight
February 1 – 26, 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, February 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
128 Rivington Street, on New York’s lower east side, between Essex and Norfolk Streets
Gallery Onetwentyeight is one of the oldest galleries in the neighborhood, managed by artist Kazuko Miyamoto. The gallery shows a mix of international and local artists, and has provided space for many lower east side artists since the 1980’s when the neighborhood was much different.

Website: galleryonetwentyeight.org

2011 First International Mokuhanga Conference, Japan


IMC 2011 Conference Photos by April Vollmer

Post-Conference Papermaking at Awagami Paper Factory

The First International Mokuhanga Conference took place in Japan, June 7-12, 2011 in Kyoto and Awaji. The conference was a unique opportunity to meet artists from Japan and around the world who work with Japanese woodblock. This event was designed to generate a renewed interest in mokuhanga, preserving technical skills and bringing them into contemporary use. The conference brought together professional print artists, art educators and scholars in the field of woodblock printmaking to exchange current research information and experiences with Japanese traditional craftspeople including printmakers, tool makers, papermakers and other suppliers.

In addition to talks and demonstrations, the Mokuhanga Conference included an exhibition of the Board Members, an international mokuhanga exhibition, an artist’s print book exhibition, and a portfolio show. Other related events and woodblock print exhibitions in Kyoto during the conference are listed on the conference website.

Protectors, 2005, woodblock, 24 x 24 inch

More details of the conference are available at www.mokuhanga.jp

Protector, 2005, a mokuhanga woodblock was created at the Nagasawa Art Park, Japan was exhibited at the Nagasawa Art Park exhibition at the Kyoto Art Center at the First International Mokuhanga Conference.


2011 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Residency

April Vollmer at the Anderson Ranch print studio, 2011

The Ranch sponsors 14 artists ten-week residencies each winter, in ceramics, woodworking, digital art, painting and printmaking.  I shared the generous printmaking studio with artist Johanna Mueller. I made new digital prints on Gozen Japanese washi in the digital studio to print with woodblock. I have also worked in their woodworking shop to create new work on panels. April Vollmer Ranch residency photos

2010 Boston Printmakers in Guanajuato

IMG_1694August 7-14, 2010
Boston Printmakers: Forum on Creativity, Guanajuato, Mexico
Karen Kunc lead the group making a book of woodblocks inspired by the trip.
Carol Summers demonstrated his technique and contributed to the portfolio.
Guanajuato Woodblock Forum Photos

The Boston Printmakers hosted an educational tour and studio workshop exploring the passion and creativity that has grown in central Mexico. Emeritus member of the Boston Printmakers and resident of Guanajuato, Carol Summers was host. As a world traveler and avid collector of regional Mexican Folk Art, Carol will provided insight on Guanajuato and demonstrated his unique method of printing colorful woodcuts. His award-winning bed-and-breakfast inn, La Casa despiritus Alegres, houses a collection of folk art from every state in Mexico.

At the nearby Piramidal Grafica print studio, Boston Printmaker member Karen Kunc provided a mentored workshop in response to the culture and beauty of Mexican Folk Art and to our surroundings. Her 3-day, self-directed concentration on printmaking will awaken the possibilities of the woodcut with contemporary, creative methods that can be spontaneous, simple and direct, leading to editionable and monoprint approaches.

Mexican Printmaker Hugo Anaya, manager of La Casa de Espiritus Alegres and co-owner the Piramidal Grafica studio has planned a full itinerary of visits to local arts neighborhoods, meals, studio time, and a gala reception for the final evening. Highlights include: el Centro Guanajuato, an excursion through the Pottery Trail to San Miguel de Allende, and a visit to the print studio in Salamanca.



2010 International Print Center: NEW PRINTS 2010/Autumn Show

Migrating Gyre #6, 2008, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches
Migrating Gyre #6, 2008, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches

NEW PRINTS 2010/Autumn, International Print Center New York

508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, NYC
October 21 to November 20, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 21, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
IPCNY Autumn Press Release

New Prints 2010/Autumn

Opening Reception: October 21, 2010, 6 – 8 pm
On View: October 21 – November 20, 2010

Illustrated Checklist available here.

International Print Center New York presents New Prints 2010/Autumn in its gallery at 508 West 26th Street, Room 5A, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea. On view from October 21 – November 20, the show consists of forty-three pieces by forty-three emerging to established artists, selected from a pool of some 1,500 submissions. A reception with the artists will be held at IPCNY on Thursday, October 21, from 6-8 pm.

The Selections Committee for New Print 2010/Autumn included Jennifer McGregor, curator, Wave Hill; Katie Michel, The Grenfell Press, printer and collector;John Newman, artist; and Martina Yamin, paper conservator.

New Prints 2010/Autumn is the thirty-seventh presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series ofjuried exhibitions organized by IPCNY four times each year, featuring prints made within the past twelve months by artists at all stages of their careers.  The Exhibition represents a cross-section of some of the most exceptional printmaking today while continuing IPCNY’s commitment to provide an ongoing exhibition venue for contemporary prints and a major source of information about artists working in the medium.

The complete artists list: Jebah Baum, Joell Baxter, Jarrod Beck, Anne Beresford, Håkan Berg, Derek Boshier, Lisa Bulawsky, Victoria Burge, Walter Buttrick, Onyedika Chuke, Ann Conner, Michael Dal Cerro, Bruce Davenport, Jr., Donna Diamond, Sara Eichner, Sara Farrell Okamura, Gary Groves, Kevin Haas, Takuji Hamanaka, Mary Hood, Anita S. Hunt, Isaiah King, Michael Loderstedt, Nichole Maury, Frederick Mershimer, Mitch Mitchell, Carol Montgomery, Sean P. Morrissey, James Mustin III, Lisa Nankivil, Alice O’Neill,  Ryan Parker, Sarah Plimpton, William Powhida, Ross Racine, Jimena NoemíRamos García, Scott Reeds, John-Mark Schlink, Shino Soma, Fulvio Tomasi, April Vollmer, Carolyn Webb, and Judy Youngblood.

Highlights of New Prints 2010/Autumn include: Jebah Baum’s Prime I / Blue Orb, a bold woodblock of graphic, circular forms in an overlapping pattern; Frederick Mershimer’s Moonlight, a masterful mezzotint that depicts the reflections of the moon over the ocean; Brewster, a nine-color reduction linoleum cut of a staring, blue-eyed creature, by Walter Buttrick; Bruce Davenport, Jr.’s Crusaders, a lithograph of a New Orleans junior high school marching band in formation; and an intricate mapping of constellations in Montana Night, made with photopolymer intaglio by Victoria Burge.

In addition to the many independent artists included in this show, the presses, publishers  and printshops represented are: Flowers Gallery, London; The Grenfell Press; Groveland Editions; Lower East Side Printshop; Print (vb.n.), London; Protophorm Press; Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; and Streetside Editions