Image Credit: Delita Martin working in her studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

We are honored to announce Delita Martin as our Juror for this year’s iteration of The Contemporary Print! Delita is a Texas-based artist and printmaker, and owner of Black Box Press Studio. We invite you to learn more about Delita, her work, and how you can support her initiative, the Art As Activism Fund, below.

Her Work

Delita Martin’s work combines printmaking with drawing, painting, hand-stitching, and collage to create a visual language that offers insight into the marginalization of Black women. Her vibrant and powerful works are nationally and internationally recognized, having appeared in several publications, book covers, and in mainstream movies. Formerly a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Delita has exhibited her work in State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now, and was named one of sixteen African American artists to watch by the International Review of African American Art. She is also set to be the Keynote Speaker at the Mid America Print Council Conference Power of Print: Resistance & Revolution at Kent State University later this fall.

Art As Activism Fund

Through Black Box Press Studio, Delita founded the initiative Art As Activism Fund, whose mission is to support artists in the production of an exhibition that brings together the creative energy of the arts to move us emotionally with the strategic planning of activism necessary to bring about social change. The fund is a targeted initiative to bring focus to how art can be used as a captivating means of shifting perspectives, changing mindsets, and evoking powerful emotions, which can have a broad effect on the landscape and discourse around social justice in the world. Black Box Press Studio offers limited edition prints and other merch as a means to support this fund.

About The Contemporary Print: 5×5

This year’s iteration of our 8th annual international juried exhibition, The Contemporary Print: 5×5, will feature five artists who will be selected based on their collective submission of five works. Works will be judged on traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. The Contemporary Print: 5×5 is presented in collaboration with Big Medium and will be juried by Delita Martin. This exhibition will exist as a virtual platform, including in-depth Artist Features and online programming, from January 15 through February 19, 2021.

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (CST).