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.

Born in Pampa, Texas, Andis Applewhite lives and works in Houston. She is known for her screen and wood relief prints that tend toward the abstract expressionist or mini-malist styles. After graduating San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, with a degree in graphic arts, Applewhite soon found her voice in printmaking. She is an elected Member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, California Society of Printmakers and PrintMatters Houston. Her print “No Other” is included in the CSP Centennial Book in honor of their 100th anniversary and was asked to be donated to the Library of Congress. Her work is being archived in the Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Museum of TexasTech University, Lubbock, TX. Applewhite is a founding and key board member of PrintMatters and PrintHouston.
Born in Redlands, California, Karen is a painter and printmaker who has worked in Los Angeles since l959. Educated at Stanford (BA 1957), Otis (MFA 1959), and UCLA (Painting 1960), her early exhibitions include “Directorʼs Choice” at the Pasadena Art Museum, selected by Thomas Leavitt; “LA and Vicinity,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art; “Current Concerns” at LAICA, curated by Walter Hopps; “Imagination” at LAICA, curated by Llyn Foulkes; “Assemblage and Collage” at LAICA, curated by Hal Glicksman; Grandview Gallery at the Womenʼs Building and “Expo/International” at the Museo del Inah, Oaxaca, Mexico. She has exhibited at the LouWe Gallery, The Brand Library, Boston University, Cal Tech, Cal State Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, The Berkeley Art Center, Occidental College, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, The Armory Center for the Arts, the Platt Gallery, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and many others. In Spring of 2012, she exhibited monotypes with Linda Lyke in a two person exhibit at Century Books, Pasadena, CA. From l977 to 1997 Karen was Artist-in-Residence (CA Arts Council) and Faculty at Pacific Oaks College where she created the Childrenʼs Art Studio, a multidisciplinary teaching studio for 200 children and student-teachers. Over the years, Karen initiated and developed art programs on several campuses, including Westridge School, and Pasadena Alternative School. Among the art spaces she created, “The Art Studio” at Pacific Oaks is documented in Design Over Time (Stine 1994). Karen was included in the 2010 encyclopedia, L.A. Rising: SoCal Art before1980 (Kienholz 2010). 
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Linda attended Pomona College in Claremont, Calfornia where she received her BA in studio art. She studied printmaking at Santa Monica City College as well as the UCLA Extension. As a member of a serigraph workshop in Pacific Palisades she produced limited edition silkscreen prints for several years. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area she joined the Lafayette Printmaking Workshop where she started experimenting with water-soluble inks to create monotype/collage prints. Linda now works on her own etching press in her studio in San Ramon. 
Bob began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston and at the Printshop in Amsterdam Netherlands. He earned a B.F.A. from University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. from Syracuse University.  A faculty member at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. and member of The Boston Printmakers since 1986, his lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of The Dayton Peace Museums International Peace Prize for The Arts. He participated in the London Liberal Arts College, "Year of Subversion Exhibition” in 2013. His essays have appeared in the Print Alliance Journal,"Prints and Politics", Visual Overture Magazine, and the Bangalore Review. Other writing has appeared in Literal Minded, Orange Alert, Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Creative Writing Now, Blinking Cursor, Bap Q, Lunarosity, Icelandic Review, Writers Billboard, First Writers Magazine, Milspeak, Subterranean Journal, South Jersey Underground, Cavalier Magazine, Yellow Mama, Visual Overture, Vox Poetica, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Red Fez, Forum Magazine, and Spilling Ink Anthology.
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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 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

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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