History

The LAPS story

In 1962, Los Angeles artists Connor Everts and Paul Darrow began discussing ways to improve the perception of printmaking as an art form. They decided that the best method to accomplish this goal would be to improve exhibition opportunities, educate the public, and popularize printmaking as an art form. They received support and encouragement from Ken Ross, of the newly formed Los Angeles Arts Commission, and Ebria Feinblatt of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They were joined by artists Leonard Edmondson, June Wayne, Ynez Johnston, Emerson Woelffer, Guy Maccoy, Dick Swift, Tom Fricano and others to form the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.

Within a year, by-laws were drawn up and LAPS was incorporated as a non-profit organization. The organization began with thirty invited members. In the early years LAPS was fortunate to have the support of a wonderful artist and patron, Esther Lewis, who generously donated studio and gallery space on the second and third floors at 818 Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. At that time LAPS was a small cooperative organization providing various services, including gallery and studio space to its members.

Over the years, the local LAPS group has expanded and now is an international society of well over 400 artist/printmakers from all across the USA, including members in Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea and Egypt. New applicants are juried in every other year by distinguished jurors during the LAPS National exhibitions and by fellow members twice a year. LAPS members include artists, curators, educators and collectors. LAPS offers Associate, Student, and Patron memberships and encourages participation of all members in membership and exchange exhibitions, symposia and print related journalism.

In 1973 the first "LAPS National Print Exhibition" was held at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park. James Brown, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, juried it. One hundred and eleven works were selected from 800 entries. The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA hosted the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth National exhibitions.

Since 1973, LAPS has sponsored a National Print Exhibition approximately every two years with the 20th National in 2009 returning to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery once again. Unlike many other print exhibitions, LAPS includes recent work from the major presses that are so prominent in Los Angeles, encouraging a thorough dialogue of the contemporary print. Artists of international stature exhibit alongside local and national artists juried into the show. Many generous vendors, corporations, organizations and private collectors have been supporters of the National Exhibition, donating cash awards and purchase prizes.

Over the years, jurors have included Peter Frank, Archana Horsting, Ruth Weisberg, Kevin Salatino, Ed Ruscha, Nathan Oliveira, Ynez Johnston, Laddie John Dill, Henry Hopkins, Elizabeth Smith, Bruce Davis to name a few. In 1995, LAPS began organizing with a consortium of galleries in Los Angeles to exhibit prints and print related exhibitions in conjunction with the National Exhibition.

Besides the National, LAPS sponsors many member exhibitions and exchange shows. Exhibitions have been held not only in Los Angeles, but also in Ireland, South Korea, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway among the locations.

LAPS publishes a newsletter called Interleaf and a journal, Newsprint. The organization continues in its educational role by sponsoring symposia, student portfolio critiques, and offering low-cost student memberships.

From the initial conversation between two artists in 1962, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society has grown and enriched the art of printmaking and created an active community beyond its founder’s expectations.

LAPS logo created by Connor Everts circa 1963:

LAPS logo created by Connor Everts circa 1963.

Valentina Mogilevskaya Quezada was born in Odessa, Ukraine and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives.  Valentina earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from UCLA in 2012, where she also minored in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She is a practicing artist and educator working throughout the greater Los Angeles area in organizations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hollywood Bowl, and Barnsdall Arts. She is currently the Youth and Family Programs Specialist at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Valentina’s artistic practice is influenced by her heritage, soviet history, and Surrealism. Her art explores themes of female aesthetics, Eastern and Western binaries, and familial lineage. She works in multiple mediums including collage, intaglio printmaking, drawing, and painting in her Koreatown studio.
Cynthia Back is a printmaker and painter who has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, D.C. in 2017 and 2016, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA in 2015, Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA in 2014, Galerie Pascal, Suchitoto, El Salvador in 2012, the Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA, in 2011 and at Abington Art Center, Abington, PA in 2010.Ms. Back is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation in 2009 and 2005, Puffin Foundation in 2003, Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1996; residencies to The Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway in 2016, Women’s Studio Workshop in 2014, Blue Mountain Center in 2013, Acadia National Park in 2009; and fellowships to The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1997 and 1999, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain in 2000, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 2000, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland in 1999, and The MacDowell Colony in 1994. Her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and The New-York Historical Society.
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ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.


The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!
This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!

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