On November 1-3. 2012, the little college town of Cape Girardeau, in southeastern Missouri, will be host to a whole bunch of artists with inked up hands as the Mid America Print Council (MAPC) Biennial Conference takes place. MAPC is heading back to its small college town roots to the River Campus at Missouri at Southeast Missouri State University, the only public institution in Missouri to have its own separate arts campus. Very cool, indeed.
Cape Girardeau is centrally located two hours south of St. Louis and three hours north of Memphis. It's neighbor is the great Mississippi River and the drive is quite breath-taking in the fall.
There will be the usual range of activities, panel discussions, demonstrations by some of the best printmakers around, exhibitions and exchanges of some mighty fine prints, and a special lecture, exhibition and award ceremony for MAPC's Outstanding Printmaker James D. Butler, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University. I am proud to say he was my professor in graduate school, and this is a well-deserved honor for a devoted teacher and artist/innovator in the field of printmaking.
James D. Butler drawing on a litho stoneSo, my inked up friends, now is the time to get registered for the conference, grab a few printmakers and caravan down to Cape Girardeau. It's rumored that there are special activities, (although camel rides like the one pictured below may not be on the sanctioned list), one never knows what a group of printmakers on the loose can conjure up, but there is some pretty stiff competition expected for the conference favorite Bowling Night.
You can see all the conference information and details at http://www.midamericaprintcouncil.org/. Please contact Kristin Powers Nowlin, Conference Director, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org