Prints for Protest™ consists of a diverse group of artists and activists who share the belief that art can be used as a tool for political activism and resistance. The initial Prints for Protest™ campaign was established as a reaction to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election and offered participating artists an opportunity to confront the political landscape. This 2016 campaign raised $7,529 USD and expressed reflections and rejections and on the

socio-political obstacles we continue to navigate.

Profits are divided equally between collectively identified organizations who protect civil rights.

ARTISTS & ORGANIZERS

Kate Aitchison

Artist

Kate Aitchison is an artist whose interests focus around contemporary landscapes. Working primarily within the media of print and handmade paper, she combines pulp painting with local sourced plant materials and printed imagery to celebrate landscapes affected by human interventions. She is currently a visiting faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design and Colorado College.

Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin

Artist and Lead Organizer

Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin is a Philadelphia-based artist, working primarily in handmade paper, printmaking, drawing and paper cutting. Her ritualistic practice allows her to perform persisting and evolving actions, learning and making meaning from them. She received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 and her B.A. in Fine Arts and Education from Haverford College in 2013.

Daniel Benjamin

Poet

Daniel Benjamin is a PhD candidate in English at UC Berkeley. His poems have recently appeared in The Tiny, Berkeley Poetry Review, and OVERSOUND. With Eric Sneathen, he edited The Bigness of Things: New Narrative and Visual Culture (Wolfman Books, 2017), and with Claire Marie Stancek, Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba/Giramondo, 2016).

Allyson Church

Artist and Exhibitions Assistant

Allyson Church is a printmaker, quilt enthusiast, and flower farmhand based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Trenton, NJ and raised in Central MA, she received a BFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited her work across the United States and in Italy. Allyson draws inspiration from dreams, strange and fantastic stories, and traditional crafting. Her love of making things is matched only by her love of gardening.

Nick Costantino

Artist

Human, Artist, Printmaker. Nick received his BA in Environmental Studies from Hamilton College, completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in Studio Art at Brandeis University, and received his MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work explores the relationship of simplicity and complexity with an interest in the discovery of pattern development.

Audrey Danze Blood

Artist

Audrey is an Austin, Texas based artist who received her BA from Bowdoin College, and her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She makes work that centers around slow processes and malleable materials. Her work is currently focused on the ways in which we conceptualize selfhood in relation to time, material, temperature, and landscape.

Sara K. Dunn

Artist

Sara K Dunn is an illustrator, printmaker, and gardener based out of Providence, RI. She recently received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now has her own art practice. Sara is continuously inspired by the natural world, strangers, and timeless architecture. She has created a world of her own in her artwork while still considering the contemporary world that surrounds her.

Camila Escobar Velez

Artist

Camila Escobar recently received her MFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of design. Her work explores the patriarchal impact of Catholicism on family structures from a personal, nuanced and complex perspective, specifically addressing pressure on Colombian women throughout history and in the present moment.

Henry Ferreira

Artist

Henry Ferreira's work is built on a deep respect for craft. Acquired skills absorbed through years of practice are used as methods of exploration to execute content driven pieces. His work has always begun from observation and grown through process. His later work is more direct, process driven and less pre-visualized. In his newer work he plays with printmaking to build through matrix and repeat. Coming to the work with an idea it takes shape in the making. The medium, and materials, help shape the piece.

 

He has headed the Printmaking Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and served as President of RISD’s Faculty Association/Union.

Enrique Figueredo

Artist

 

Enrique Figueredo is a Venezuelan-American artist who immigrated to the United States at an early age. Figueredo’s work looks closely at the forces and issues affecting today’s world—economy, religion, immigration, power—and relates those incidents to the visual history of ancient civilizations, the colonization of the Americas, and mythology. Figueredo studied at Purchase College (SUNY) earning a BFA in 2004, with a printmaking concentration, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2019.

Megan Foster

Artist

Megan Foster earned her BFA from RISD and her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China; and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, among other venues.

 

Foster’s work suggests a narrative by presenting a frozen moment in time. She aims to preserve and give authority to the everyday experience through a mix of art, architecture, design and science. Using appropriated images, film stills, magazine clippings and staged photographs as a starting point, she depicts banal scenes that have the potential to be spectacular and fantastic. She portrays often-overinflated expectations of the way we live and how we try to better ourselves from previous generations.

 

Before joining the faculty at RISD, Foster taught at The City College of New York where she was the head of Printmaking and director of the MFA program. She was also master printer at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies and is co-founder of Moonlight Editions.

Nabil Gonzalez

Artist

Nabil Gonzalez holds a double BFA degree in Printmaking and Graphic Design from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a studio artist, Gonzalez’s works have been focused on social and political views affecting the borderland area of the United States and Mexico. In her work Gonzalez explores the erasure and reestablishing of identity through the repetition and layering of images, marks, and materials. Through her work Gonzalez tries to shake and bring awareness to a society that has become numb and unresponsive to the brutal acts of violence towards minority groups. But most importantly she wants to be a voice for the countless murdered, disappeared victims of social and political injustice. Gonzalez works have been shown throughout the United State, Mexico, Colombia and China. Her artist books and prints are included in museum collections and library special collections in the United States.

Veronica Hanssens

Artist

Veronica Hanssens was born in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia, where she currently lives and works. She studied printmaking in the certificate program at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Veronica's prints, sculptures, and animations are steeped in narrative and marked by subversive humor.

Lois Harada

Artist

Lois Harada is a printmaker bridging fine art and commercial printing in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work utilizes commercial production techniques and equipment to create printed editions that are meant to be affordable and accessible to a wide audience. Print editions are often responses to mass produced print material created by governments, corporations or newspapers.

Valeria Rachel Herrera

Artist

 

Valeria Rachel Herrera is an artist and designer who works in a variety of media and across a spectrum of creative disciplines including print media, sculpture, drawing and architectural explorations. Valeria holds an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from the Syracuse University School of Architecture where she was awarded the Britton Medal for Outstanding Thesis. Her work has been exhibited at the RISD Museum, Print Austin, Florence, Italy at the Il Bisonte Annual show and in numerous galleries across the US and is held in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum and the Fleet Library. Valeria is a full-time Assistant Teaching Professor at the Syracuse University, School of Architecture where she teaches required drawing courses and design studios in the professional degree program.

 

Valeria's practice, VRH INK. , is based in her print, sculpture and media studio at the Delavan Art Center in Syracuse, NY. Her work combines a conceptual interest in illusory, environmental and architectural space, place and time - both imagined and real - that records superimposed conditions of memory. Her interest in materiality and technique pushes her work to explore the expanding capacity of print media. Her oeuvre builds a multi-layered narrative from a personal biography where select fragments of content are made distinct and magnified, while others fall into obscurity, chaos and disjunction leaving the viewer in a state of instability - challenging one’s ability to comfortably navigate the work.

Leekyung Kang

Artist

Leekyung Kang creates spatial illusions by capturing unseen architectural spaces between the second and third dimensions. Influenced by Kang’s training as a painter and printmaker, the work focuses on the materiality of each medium. She utilizes diverse perspectives within architectural contexts that challenge the perception of space. In her exploration of the processes of mechanical reproduction, Kang often inserts errors or glitches from digital processes into her video works and prints. Kang earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and BFA from Seoul National University. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, and Idaho State University. She has participated in several residencies internationally including the Fountainhead fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and the Vermont Studio Center. Kang’s work has been exhibited in South Korea, Doha, Qatar and throughout the U.S.

Viktoria Lindback

Campaign Manager

Viktoria Lindback is a project manager based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Sweden, she is passionate about cultural exchange and politics. In fact, she majored in Political Science at Haverford College and dreams about a future career in politics which makes her uniquely qualified to run operations at Prints For Protest . Her project management expertise doesn't hurt either! In her spare time, you will probably find her on the golf course.

Anna McNeary

Artist

 

Anna McNeary is a multi-media artist based in Providence, RI, where she is currently finishing her MFA in Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design. She has produced work in print shops in Northampton and Amherst, MA, Asheville, NC, Puebla, Mexico, San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Her work bridges textiles, sculpture, print and installation.

Michael Menchaca

Artist 

Michael Menchaca has a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He exhibits his work nationally and has participated in artist residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Segura Arts Studio (IN), and the Serie Project (TX). His work has been featured at a number of museums and institutions including: The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; The Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR; Gilcrease Museum; Tulsa, OK; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; and the International Print Center New York, New York, NY. Fellowships include the Fine Arts Work Center (’15-16), and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute (‘18).

Kelly Taylor Mitchell

Artist

Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an installation, book, and print artist currently based in Richmond, Virginia. Mitchell’s work recontextualizes oral histories in order to navigate a decolonial landscape. Kelly earned her BFA from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2015 and an MFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. She is currently teaching in the Art Foundations Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nistasha

Artist

Nistasha is a multimedia artist and art consultant in Colorado. She finds inspiration in the convergence of ideas, identities, and materials. Nistasha has a BA in Media Arts from the Art Institute of Colorado and an MA in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University. Using her communications background, Nistasha helps other artists market and sell their work.

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Padma Rajendran

Artist

Padma Rajendran was born in Klang, Malaysia. She studied at Bryn Mawr College and received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Whitespace Gallery (Atlanta), Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn), and INDEX (Los Angeles). She lives in New York and teaches printmaking at SUNY Purchase. Her work has been recently featured in New American Paintings and Maake Magazine.

Vanessa Nieto Romero

Artist

Vanessa Nieto is currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. She explores different media to address the borders between body and politics, such as installation, sculpture,drawing and printmaking. However, there is a central interest about the physicality and materiality involved in printmaking for addressing the act of leaving marks and its relation to violence; particularly from her home country, Colombia.

 

Vanessa earned her MFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017, and a BFA in Visual Arts at the National University of Colombia in 2012. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship. In 2014, she co-founded Taller Circular, a printmaking studio located in Bogotá. Currently she is an associate teacher in the Visual Arts Department at Pontificial Xaverian University.

K. Sarrantonio

Artist

K. Sarrantonio is an artist based in New York City. They received an M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.F.A. from Hampshire College. In their work they use silkscreen in conjunction with video installation. K. also develops projects to teach silkscreen printing to activists and youth groups for which they received consecutive graduate studies grants from Rhode Island School of design in 2017 and 2018 as well as a Maharam Fellowship in 2018.

Andrea Santos

Artist

Andrea Santos is an interdisciplinary artist living in Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design, and her BFA also in printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Andrea has exhibited throughout the east coast and is an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Currently Andrea is participating in the apprenticeship program at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and working as an edition printer for a faculty project at Princeton University. Andrea’s work is rooted in printmaking practices and applied in forms of painting, sculpture and installation.

Catherine Stack

Artist

Catherine Stack is a Brooklyn based artist and educator. She received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her BFA in printmaking from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Presently, she is a technical advisor, contract printer and educator for the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City. She also assists in animal drawing classes at the American Museum of Natural History. Her prints and fiber-based work have exhibited in group shows across the country.

Dan Wood

Artist

Dan Wood is an artist, printer, and founder of DWRI Letterpress in Providence, Rhode Island. After briefly studying history at McGill University in Montreal, he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 in printmaking. He continued his printing education as an offset press operator, working in commercial print shops up and down the East Coast, while printing letterpress and offset lithographic projects as Garbaszawa Press. In 2002, he re-inaugurated his shop as DWRI Letterpress, and has been working collaboratively with artists, designers, individuals, and others ever since.

 

A critic at the Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking, he continues to make and show his own work, represented in collections including Wheaton College, The New York Public Library, and the RISD Museum of Art, as well as working with local non-profit and social justice organizations to share the knowledge and possibilities of letterpress printing with as broad a population as possible.

Abigail Zug

Artist 

Abigail Zug is a UX and graphic designer in Philadelphia, who explores screenprinting with simple colors and a focus on strong typography and lettering. She finds inspiration in modern lettering artists, illustrators, and vintage posters and ephemera, and loves the play of bold lettering against simple backgrounds, textures, and photographs.

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