Madison has long been a center of progressive printmaking, and this day opens some of the inner sanctuaries to the public. Madison College will showcase its brand new state-of-the-art printing lab on the Truax campus from 1 to 4 p.m. with demonstrations, souvenir letterpress printing, and the opportunity to screen print a t-shirt. Polka Press, 2132 Fordem Ave., will be open from 7-9 p.m. for a member exhibit and to show off its letterpress, screen, acid-free etching, relief, monoprint, and Risograph equipment. These events are held in conjunction with the Southern Graphics Council International’s annual conference, March 16-19, hosted this year by the UW-Madison Department of Art and School of Education; there are also art shows happening all over Madison, including the Chazen, which is hosting a reception from 5-7 p.m. on March 18 for its Squeeze innovation exposure. Find all the exhibitions and other events open to the public in the conference calendar on sgcinternational.org.


press release: Polka Press Members Exhibition and Open Studio Friday March 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Polka Press, 2132 Fordem Ave, Madison, WI

Please join us at Polka Press for member exposure and an open studio. Polka is Madison’s Community Printworks, a place where new and experienced printmakers alike have affordable access to letterpress, screen printing, acid-free etching, relief, monoprint and risograph equipment. Live printing, collaborative art creation and refreshments will complement the work of members Sarah O’Farrell [MFA ’17]Sarah Morton, James McKiernan [BS-Art ’75]Benjamin Pollock, Sam Johnson, Christina Theobald and Bernie Witzak.