The Hullabaloo Press at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating its four-year anniversary with an exhibition of contemporary letterpress printers and bookmakers, January 21 through February 7, 2020 at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery. On Monday, January 27, there was a receptions where viewers printed their own posters, viewed the work on display and saw a lecture by museum assistant director, Stephanie Carpenter, about Hamilton and her printing process. Stephanie says of her time at the reception, "It is inspiring to see classrooms where Hamilton type is still being used. It was great to see so many people from the university and Indianapolis community come out to get inky and have a hands-on printing experience."
The New Impressions 2019 exhibition is included in this show. It was the fifth year of the New Impressions exhibition and features 42 works on display from artists in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the United States. New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition put on by the museum to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing. Find out more about the work in the New Impressions 2019 exhibition in the digital catalog.
For the entire Hullabaloo exhibition printers from around the United States were invited to display their letterpress work. Exhibitors were selected for their Indiana connections, preservation of historical practices, contemporary innovations, or unique practices we wish to showcase on campus, explained event organizer Katherine Fries, assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design. Katherine said she hopes the exhibit and reception will build awareness about the printmaking studio at the University of Indianapolis and that “letterpress is for everyone.” Learn more about their program in this short video.