Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society

MAPS: Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society

In March of 2016, Space Gallery in Portland, Maine will host MAPS (Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society), an exhibition of prints by artists from Maine and Aomori, Japan, presented by Friends of Aomori. MAPS is a multi-tiered exchange project developed to share art, exhibitions, and artist residencies between Maine and Aomori on an ongoing basis. The first phase of MAPS was an exhibition at the Aomori Municipal Art Pavilion in Japan by ten artists from Maine in October 2015. See pictures of that show here.
Reiko Kudo, Wisteria Trellis in Snow

 Coinciding with the exhibition, Pickwick Independent Press -- an independent print studio located above the galleries in the Space Studios -- will host four Japanese printmakers for a week-long printmaking residency in Portland. This visit is supported by a grant from the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston, which recently honored Friends of Aomori with the Foreign Minister's Award. The artists will create work in the studio, visit local galleries and museums, and visit printmaking classes at Maine College of Art to deliver workshops and critiques. The group will be led by Jiro Ono, Director of the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum in Aomori.

 The fascinating relationship between these two states has been in place for 20 years, but the connection goes back to the shipwreck of the Cheseborough in 1889. As part of the ongoing project of MAPS, both Friends of Aomori and the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum will build two matching collections of MAPS prints in Maine and Japan for future exhibitions of local contemporary artists to support education about the sister-state relationship. The long term goal of MAPS is a regular exchange of art exhibitions, exchanges, and residencies between the US and Japan.
Colleen Kinsella, Leviathan I

 This project was initiated by Jeff Badger – Friends of Aomori board member and Director of Tetra Projects – and developed in collaboration with Jiro Ono. The exhibition will feature prints by Judith Allen, Kyle Bryant, Clint Fulkerson, Colleen Kinsella, Kazuhiko Kojima, Reiko Kudo, Michael MarksPilar Nadal, Mitsuo Ohsaka, Lisa Pixley, Carrie Scanga, Emiko Seki, Carter Shappy, Nobuko Shimazu, Yoshiko Takebayashi, Kouji Tazawa, Yoshimasa Tsujii, David Wolfe, Seizoh Yagihashi, and Koya Yamada. The show will also feature a display of nebuta parade floats, a handmade illustrated book about the Cheseborough by Jeff Badger, and artifacts from the collaborative picture book Hello from the Other Side of the World by Scott Nash and Toshiki Sawada. Director Ono will coordinate the group and meet with Maine museum directors and curators during his visit.

 The show opens with a public reception attended by the visiting Japanese delegation on Friday, March 18th from 5-7pm, and is on view through April 1st, closing after the First Friday Art Walk. Check the Space website for additional programming and events during the exhibition.

MAPS needs your support! Please use the Paypal button below to donate to Friends of Aomori to support our project. In-kind donations are also welcome. Friends of Aomori is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation may be tax-deductible.

$15 will buy lunch for a visiting Japanese artist*
$25 will buy art supplies for printmaking projects
$40 will buy a dinner for a visiting Japanese artist*
$60 will pay a translator for educational programming
*donors of meals will be recognized on a card at the place-setting for each artist
Emiko Seki, Nebuta Dancer Shouts