Cultural Arts Gallery Newsletter

UNCW 2019 Printfest

Students working on priint carvingUNCW 2019 Printfest takes place April 13, 2019.

Over the past several years, UNCW’s Art & Art History Department has hosted a biennial event called “Printfest.” The event is a daylong, public printmaking showcase presented outside of the Cultural Arts building on the campus of UNCW. Using a two-ton construction paving roller and an unlikely press bed – the parking lot of the Cultural Arts building – a team of artists and volunteers work collaboratively to print large-scale woodcuts throughout the day. 

For each of the Printfest events held during 2014, 2015 & 2017, dozens of independent artists and multiple colleges from across North Carolina have carved designs into 4’ x 6’ wood, which were then inked and printed on muslin before a live audience. The theme of the woodcut designs each year is based on the work of local non-profits in the hopes of introducing these groups to UNCW students and the local community. In the past, the non-profits chosen have included Cape Fear River Watch, Full-Belly Project, and Cape Fear Guardian Ad Litem. 

The large, unique prints are available for purchase during the event, and a portion of the sale amount are given to the non-profit. Each artist’s block is printed in a limited edition of three.

The next UNCW Printfest event will be held on April 13, 2019 and the non-profit chosen for this year’s event is The Plastic Ocean Project. Five North Carolina colleges and seven independent artists will be carving blocks created specifically for the event.