2020 Exhibitions

The Inaugural International FPG Print Exhibition – Catharsis
Virtual Online Show Due to Covid-19
Show Dates: July 11, 2020 – Aug. 8, 2020


Entry Deadline: June 1, 2020

Show Dates: July 11, 2020 – August 8, 2020

Show Description:

The Fresno Print Guild is a printmaking group out of Fresno, California whose purpose is to advance the art of fine printmaking through the study and practice of printmaking arts and to provide public education and public showings of the works of its members and others. This is the inaugural open call juried show for the FPG. 

The theme of the show is “Catharsis – the releasing of emotions such as fear, sadness, anxiety, anger, etc. through art, and thereby providing relief”. 

Show Dates: July 11, 2020 – Aug. 8, 2020

Entry Instructions:

Eligibility & Fee:

As of June 16, submission period is closed.

This show is open to artists internationally who are eighteen years of age or older. The work must have been made using any traditional printmaking techniques, including screen-printing, lithography, etching, collagraph, monotype, electro-etching, woodcut, photopolymer, etc. We also encourage artists to use non-toxic techniques.  No drawings, photographs, or direct reproductions are eligible. In addition, digital prints are not accepted.  

Entry Fees: $25 for up to 3 images maximum. (All Entry Fees are Non-refundable).

Submission Guidelines:

Number of Entries: You are allowed 3 separate entries. (Please do not include multiple pics of the same work unless you feel they are needed for jurying one particular work).

Images: All images should accurately reflect the work submitted and be in JPEG format, with maximum dimensions of 2000 pixels in either direction (width or height). 

File Names: Include your name and the title of the artwork in the following format: “Lastname_Firstname_Title.jpg”

Each entry should use the following format: Title, medium, size (height x width x depth), and date created.

Awards: The jurors will select winners.

  • Cash awards: $150 – 1st place / $50 – 2nd place
  • Non-Cash Award: Honorable Mention

Jurors: (3) = Stephanie Ryan, Matt Hopson-Walker, Patti Calvert

About the Jurors:

Stephanie J. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1990, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  She served as a screenprinter’s apprentice for 4 years at Handprints in St. Louis, and later was awarded an assistantship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO in 1997. Ryan served as Assistant Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO where she taught undergraduate courses in all levels (and areas) in printmaking, as well as drawing and figure drawing. Currently, Ryan is a Professor of Art in Drawing/Painting at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches all levels of drawing and painting, including graduate seminars. She is a full professor and has served at Fresno State since 2000.

Ryan is a figurative representational artist interested in exploring the behaviors that spring from the experience of the human family system (in various forms and definitions), as the composite structure in the psyche that informs and motivates human behavior, both conscious and unconscious. Ryan’s main visual strategy is the use of disrupted narratives to create a space for investigation of the complexities of interpersonal relationships through the resulting visual tension visible in the work. Ryan references dreams, memory, and found photographs, interwoven with images appropriated from popular culture, fairy tales, alchemical treatises, medical textbooks, and other sources. Ryan has exhibited her work in numerous national and international venues, and is included in many public and private art collections. 

Specialties: Oil and Acrylic Painting, Traditional and Contemporary Drawing, Figure Drawing with emphasis on human anatomy, use of mixed-media and alternative drawing approaches, use of low-tech and non-toxic printmaking techniques, as well as all major printmaking processes (intaglio, relief, lithography, and silkscreen).

Matt Hopson-Walker earned a BFA in printmaking from Kansas City Art Institute and holds both a MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. His works are held in over 47 collections worldwide and Hopson-Walker has an extensive international and national show history spanning over 13 years. Hopson-Walker’s works have been recognized in numerous publications and he has collaborated as a visiting artist with over a dozen universities/colleges nationally. Throughout the years, Hopson-Walker has been selected for the Ox-Bow Fellowship as well as residencies at the Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Arts and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  Hopson-Walker’s most recent awards include Best of Show in the Arts Visalia National Juried Exhibition, receiving the Juror’s Selection for Print Zero Studios in Chicago, an Honorable Mention in the Maryland Federation of Art’s 30th Annual Art on Paper Circle Gallery and Best of Show in the Merced Annual California Centered Printmaking Exhibition.  Currently, Hopson-Walker works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Fresno State University.

Hopson-Walker’s art is inspired by the complexities of adulthood as filtered through the moralizing and exaggerated emotions of childhood entertainment: video games, the Three Stooges, heavy metal, and comic books like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These works of fiction use over-the-top or exaggerated emotion to belabor a point. Beyond reinforcing a narrative, the action in these stories reflects negative emotions that are often sublimated in social situations where maintaining harmony is prized over honest expression. He is very interested in the consequences of having conflicting thoughts or engaging in behavior that contradicts personal, social, or moral responsibility when those animal motives that are said to lurk beneath human ones run rampant as selfish disregard, wonton laziness, and willful ignorance.

Fables, mythology, and folk tales have often explored similar territory to explain detrimental elements of the human character with graphic detail. Like release valves of posturing, these seemingly random stories often unmasking of the selfish intent laying within altruism or revealing the brute behind the human intellect. His images document personal experience, social hierarchies he’s navigated, and people as darkly psychological beings. With his images; printmaking, collage, and drawing techniques and materials are employed in a way that he relates metaphorically to the function of memory and experience. The process of how his images are made is an important part of the existential quandary his work is grappling with.

Patti Calvert

I considered myself as an artist at age 4 when I won my first art contest on the radio show Big John and Sparky. Yes I’m that old! It was for ages 4-12 and won a lifetime supply of Golden Books. I have been drawing, painting, sculpting, sign painting, printmaking ever since. I started selling my work in high school & was awarded a Bank of America award scholarship for art senior year of high school. I studied fine art at CSUF by taking almost all the art classes that were offered which led to careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Sign Painting and Stained Glass. I joined the Lahaina Art Society when living in Maui from 1978-1983 and showed stain glass bird portraits under the banyon tree every Sunday as well as doing craft fairs and commissioned work. I returned to Fresno in 1993 and was introduced to Printmaking by way of Leon Osborne at Fresno City College in 1995 where I joined the printmaking group for several years. I am a Graphic Designer by profession and have been a member of the Fresno Printmakers’ Guild for 23 years. Operated stain glass & sign businesses in California and Hawaii from 1974 to 1983 (Gallery 1, Calvert Glass & Sign). Taught Woodcut in Monterey County, CA to 3rd to 6th graders under the Professional Artists in Schools project headed by the California Arts Council (1989 – 1990). I was commissioned to paint one of the re hydrants in the tower district in 2013. In 2014 I had the pleasure of painting on the Largest Painted Mural Stamp with FranCisco Vargas. My area is the Secqoias in the “O”. I have juried several shows and also gallery sit, curate & perform other artist services.

My approach to art is with spontaneity and a lack of inhibition. After experimenting with lithograph, etching and other printmaking methods I found that the Monotype process could produce the color and design in a less tedious manner. The luminosity and transparency of the printed color are unlike any painted surface. The beauty of printmaking is that one never knows until the final stage of pulling the print what image you will get. Some of the prints will have additional mixed media added such as gold leaf, graphite or gouache. I haven’t dropped any of the mediums but keep adding to the art exploration. I prefer to show with groups and usually avoid competition between fellow artists believing the art will stand on its own merit.