Past Exhibits

Through the Screen

Screen Prints by Bill Davison, Steve Poleskie, Minna Resnick, Kadie Salfi, Christa Wolf

September 3 - September 24 |  Opening Reception Friday Sept. 3., 5-8 PM

Screen printing is currently regarded as one of the newest forms of printmaking, but it evolved out of the oldest known techniques of stenciling. These methods of stenciling were developed in China and Japan between 500 and 1000 A.D. The Japanese used fine silk threads and strands of human hair to hold floating stencils in place. The whole stencil was then varnished and flattened, which formed something not unlike the modern screen. Artists then applied color to open areas using a stiff brush, creating continuous patterns of almost unlimited complexity. These patterns were used to create fine art forms such as stencil pictures, screens, and fabrics. The medium was developed in the west using framed screens and squegees to press the ink throiugh. It became the medium for all kinds of professional printing and is often used to decorate T shirts.

In the 1960s, screen printing proved an ideal medium for the aesthetic movement of the time. In his 1967 article,"Silkscreen Printing"  in Artists Proof, the Annual of Prints and Printmaking"  Steve Poleskie, founder of the Chiron Press, called screenprinting "the medium of now," saying that "...the new artists attracted to this field, naive about what can or cannot be done, about what is or is not a print, have completely revolutionized the graphic arts."  At Chiron Press Poleskie worked with most of the well-known artists of that time such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claus Oldenburg,  Larry Rivers, Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol.  A professor emeritus at Cornell, Poleskie's work is in the collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Other artists showcased include Bill Davison, who taught screen printing and etching at the University of Vermont for thirty-five years and produced his own screen prints until 2000, when he switched to making water based monotypes. Kadie Salfi, his daughter, also works primarily in screen printing, often with sculptural material. Kadie was awarded the Peter Kahn Family Fellowship in 2009/10 and has a solo show at the Ink Shop Gallery. Minna Resnick is well known nationally and internationally for her work that centers on womens' themes. She often combines screen printing with lithography. Christa Wolf’s pieces deal with the layering of memory. She studied screen printing with Steve Poleskie at Cornell and is a co-founder of the Ink Shop


Peter Kahn Fellows: 2000-2010

July 2 - August 24 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, July 2, 5-8pm

This exhibit celebrates ten years of printmaking and books from the Peter Kahn Family Fellowship recipients. Artists Samantha Couture, Jennifer Savran, Jae Sullivan, Ella Sadza-Loinaz, Jenny Pope, Caleb R. Thomas, Jamie Ellen Davis, and Kadie Salfi are showcased.

The Kahn Family Fellowship is a key element in our programming, furthering the legacy of Peter Kahn’s life and art, drawing together artists and writers in collaborative projects of the kind that were so important to him. In memory of our colleague, this fellowship is designed to offer opportunities to artists seeking further experience and professional development in printmaking and book arts

10 Years of the Ink Shop | Prints and Books

May 7 - June 22 | Gallery Night Reception Friday May 7, 5-8pm

The Ink Show celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year! We started out in the Airplane Factory, generously supported the first year by John Novarr, then moved to the Handwork building on State Street. After the big fire of 2008, we relocated to the second floor of the Community School of Music and Art, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

We mount six shows each year which highlight almost every printmaking technique. The Ink Shop has developed a solid reputation for providing professionally curated exhibitions. We have shown artists/printmakers from all over the world and have been invited to show our work nationally and internationally, as far away as Japan.  Our popular classes include intaglio, etching, lithography, bookbinding, wood cut and screen printing.

The 10th Anniversary exhibit is the first in a series celebrating our first decade. The May show features Ink Shop artists plus printmakers country-wide who have shown with us.  In July and August we will display the work of our Peter Kahn Fellows from 2000-2010 and the Ink Shop poster graphics of Craig Mains.  In the Fall, we will hold the Black & White Ball fundraiser and an exchange portfolio.  Ithaca and the people of the region have magnanimously supported our efforts to keep the art wheel turning.  

Please CLICK HERE to read Arthur Whitman's review of this exhibit, published online on IthacaPost.
Come May 7- June 22 and explore our exhibit of over forty artists in all three galleries at the Community School of Music and Art.

Exchanges: Ithaca / Osaka

March 5 - April 30 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, March 5, 5-8pm

Prints and drawings from Gallery Ami & Kanoko in Osaka, Japan. Exhibited as part of an exchange. Ink Shop prints have been featured in Gallery Ami & Kanoko twice.

Pat Hunsinger: Changes

March 5 - April 30 | Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 5-8pm

In creating her art, Patricia pulls from her plethora of experiences, from her family, and from the universal questions all humanity faces. She lives along Skaneateles Lake, and her immersion in the natural world is a running motif in her artwork. She is often able to turn sketches, photographs, and found items from her backyard into layered prints that draw from nature while commenting on human life and the choices we make. Other major influences on her art include her children, Allison and Elliot. With her daughter, she was able to explore the cycles of nature in terms of budding womanhood; with her son, she was able to explore his increasing sexuality and the effects of the external world on his maturation. In both bodies of artwork, she chose to present the awkward transition of pre-adolescence and adolescence into adulthood.

Patricia L. Hunsinger is a Central New York printmaker. She received her B.A. From the State University of New York at Cortland in Studio Art and went on to earn her M.F.A in Printmaking from Ohio University. She has taught at a variety of schools, including Long Island University at C.W. Post and Ithaca College, and most recently, Parsons New School for Design and Cazenovia College. As a teacher, Patricia devotes herself to the classroom in order to create a shared student-teacher experience, a “life world experience,” as writer David Abrams explains it. She works to build student technical knowledge, but also to incite a love of learning and creating. While she enjoys teaching students the techniques of creating art and helping them grow into accomplished artists, much of her life is entirely devoted to making prints.


Natural History: Critical Condition

January 22 - February 26 | Gallery Night Reception Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm


Artists include Lynne Allen, Dale Clifford, Carmon Colangelo and Ashley Colangelo, Syd Cross, Georgia Deal, Maggie Denk, Bill Fisher, Diane Fox, Adele Henderson, Pat Hunsinger, Anita Jung, Cima Katz, Kumi Korf, Robert Lazuka, Pam Longobardi, Angela Oates, Dennis O’Neil, Cynthia Osborne, Andy Rubin, Joe Sanders, Jewel Shaw, Aaron Wilson, and Anderson Wrangle.

Portfolio Organizer: Syd Cross                     above image   Endagered by Lynne Allen             


Results: from Ink Shop Instruction

January 22 - February 26 | Gallery Night Reception: Friday, February 5, 5-8 pm



Opening Reception Friday, November 6, 5-8pm


The idea of the Diptych/Triptych exhibition is to show prints consisting of two or three parts that closely relate to each other. This concept was popular in  the Renaissance  when artists worked for churches or secular patrons. To relate two or three themes with each other to explore the inner story of an artwork is still a challenge today.

In art, a diptych is a painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels that may be closed like a book. A triptych is picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece, or any  set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.



Zevi Blum: Retrospective

Opening Reception, Friday, September  4, 5-8 pm &
Friday October 2, 5-8 pm (with artist present)

Talk Print with Zevi Blum, Oct. 5, 6-8 pm


See Zevi Blum's website here.

See the review written by Wylie Schwartz about this exhibit:

Before moving to his new home in California, Zevi Blum lived and taught in Ithaca for nearly fifty years. He was born in Paris in 1933 and received a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University in 1957. Since earning his degree Blum has taught at both Ithaca College and Cornell. Blum has also exhibited throughout the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. His Retrospective will be on display at the Ink Shop from September 4 through October 27, with an opening reception held on Friday, September 4. A month later Blum will be joining the Ink Shop in person for Gallery Night on Friday, October 2. On the following Monday, October 2, Blum will discuss his work at the Ink Shop. Blum’s line etchings deal with the strange and the unusual. Each piece is made up of incredible detail; every mark on the plate is given the same painstaking attention. Human ingenuity gone amiss is a prevalent theme in his work. James Hall, from Rochester’s Oxford Gallery, said of Blum’s etchings,”[His] compositions present us a delightful panoply of characters. They belong to no age and to every age. They are both fanciful anachronisms and universals in the comédie humaine.

Exquisite Corpse: an Installation Mixed & Matched

July 3 - August 8, 2009
Opening Reception Friday July 3, 5-8 pm (Gallery Night)


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