September 20 – October 16, 2016
In celebration of Normal Editions Workshop’s 40th anniversary, University Galleries will present Beyond the Norm: An International Juried Print Exhibition organized by N.E.W. The exhibition features 54 artists from the United States and Canada who were selected from an international pool of applicants by juror Susan Tallman, a critic, author, and art historian who teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition highlights contemporary printmaking practices, which include a range of mediums from lithography and intaglio to video and site-specific installation.
A Juror's Choice Award winner will collaborate with N.E.W. to produce an edition of prints, and a Curators' Choice Award winner will have a one-person exhibition in University Galleries' project space during the 2017-2018 academic year. Richard Finch (Professor Emeritus of Art and former Director of N.E.W.) and James Butler (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art, Illinois State University) will select four Honorable Mention award winners, who will each receive a copy of Marks from the Matrix, a book published on the occasion of N.E.W.’s 30th anniversary. Juror Susan Tallman will also select six artists to receive $100 gift certificates from the following three sponsors: Hiromi Paper, Inc.; Renaissance Graphic Arts, Inc.; and Takach Press Corporation.
Beyond the Norm will run concurrently with four other local exhibitions—at the McLean County Arts Center, Jan Brandt Gallery, and Transpace Gallery—organized to celebrate N.E.W.'s anniversary. These exhibitions will feature prints from Illinois State University staff, students, and alumni, as well as prints produced at N.E.W.
Since 1976, Normal Editions Workshop has brought more than 125 artists to Illinois State University to collaborate in the production of print editions, including such notables as Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, Phyllis Bramson, Richard Rezac, Judy Glantzman, John Himmelfarb, and Dennis Oppenheim.