The 13th annual “California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition” opened this week at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced. The show will run through June 1. An artists’ reception is planned for May 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the main gallery of the MAC.
This is a statewide, juried exhibition of recent work by printmakers across California, featuring 70 artists and over 100 original prints. Founded in 2006, the purpose of the exhibition is to bring the best of California printmaking to Merced. Original prints will be for sale.
This year’s juror is Joseph Tipay, printmaking instructor at Merced College, who also teaches at Madera Community College Center, West Hills College, Valley State Prison and Avenal Prison. He received an M.F.A. from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco in Fine Arts: Printmaking.
Tipay’s prints deal with the struggles of his family and the beauty that comes with adversity. They are a reflection of the economic, cultural, political and social climate. He is an award-winning artist and has been exhibited nationally.
Accompanying the juried work downstairs are solo exhibitions in the upstairs galleries from the 2018 Best of Show winners; Rosey Rosenthal (Los Osos) and Dirk Hagner (Walnut).
The MAC Gallery, located at 645 W. Main St. in downtown Merced, is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. All exhibitions and receptions are free, open to all ages and wheelchair accessible.