Opening reception for the inaugural exhibition at the new 511 Gallery at the new campus flagship, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, PNCA is pleased to present Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the first retrospective exhibition of this print cooperative that produces graphics for activist organizations around events or actions. Many Justseeds artist on hand. Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. The Cooperative produces collective portfolios, contributes graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, builds large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpastes on the streets. The exhibition will feature work by all 30 members from all over North America as well as a series of topical print portfolios issued by the group. The first of these will be Resourced, which focuses on resource extraction and climate issues, and includes 26 artist prints. The exhibition will also incorporate PNCA’s alumni-run Creative Activism Lab which will be putting Justseeds methods into practice locally with groups like the immigration rights group, VOZ. The Creative Activism Lab, led by Carmen Denison, Lauren Heagerty, and Danny Mackin, will set up a small print studio in the 511 Gallery and run workshops with students throughout the course of the exhibition.
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