International Madonna Print Exchange includes all traditional printmaking media, including letter press, monoprint, digital/photography-based, stencil or any combination of print processes. In 2012, Teresa J Parker, Director of Ochosi Editions, a Illinois print publisher, sponsored a an international call for artists to make an original print suite. The suite theme pertained to the Madonna, Virgin Mother, and expanded to include Yemaya, and other cultures’ mother images. The response was tremendous, having 74 artists participate from the US, Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico and Poland. The suite was exhibited in Illinois, Mexico, and Guatemala.
K Carlton Johnson- Ochosi Editions
In 2013, Ochosi Editions decided to repeat its call for entries and the 2nd Madonna International Print Exchange resulted in 26 artists from the US, Australia, Puerto Rico and Germany. Currently, the exhibit is on display at Benedictine University (IL) and will travel to El Salvador and New Mexico.
A combination of the 1st and 2nd print suites will be shown at the Branigan Cultural Center, in Las Cruces, NM, from May 2 – June 28, 2014. Ms. Parker will give a talk about the print suite and the Madonna theme during the exhibit’s opening reception.
The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.