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 on and rejections of the
socio-political obstacles we continue to navigate.
Profits are divided equally between collectively identified organizations who protect civil rights.
ARTISTS & ORGANIZERS
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.
Chaitra Bangalore is an artist and middle school arts educator in Sacramento, CA. She has her BA in Graphic Design from UC Davis and her MA in Arts Education from RISD. Her work focuses on South Asian identity, body hair, and the different definitions of female beauty. She works in a variety of mediums, focusing on oil painting and printmaking. As an educator, she wishes to empower students to become strong visual thinkers who can use their talents to express their own identities and invoke positive social change.
Breslin Bell is a New England-based artist who focuses technically in printmaking and conceptually on contemporary feminist art. Her practice conjoins printmaker, art historian, and museum professional. Bell earned her Bachelor’s degree—double major in art history and studio art—at Wellesley College graduating with honors and a thesis in printmaking. Now an MFA candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design, class of 2021, Bell has participated in various group exhibitions and portfolios in New York City, Greater Boston, and Japan.
Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin
Artist & Lead Organizer
Born and raised in New York City, Anna Hendrick Karpatkin Benjamin currently lives and works out of her home studio in Philadelphia, PA. Beginning her arts education at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, she continued at Haverford College where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts (Printmaking) and Education (2013). After teaching in museums, schools and community art centers in the Philadelphia area, Benjamin went on to receive an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2017). In 2018 she was the inaugural recipient of the West Bay View Foundation Fellowship at Dieu Donné Papermill in Brooklyn, New York, and a Studio Workspace Resident in papermaking at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York in 2019. She utilizes paper, print, drawing and hand cut papers to construct spaces through pattern, repetition and ritual. In addition to her personal practice, Benjamin is the lead organizer of Prints for Protest, a collaborative portfolio project raising funds for communities at risk. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Haverford College and Kutztown University. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio and Japan.
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).
Audrey Danze Blood
Audrey is an artist based in Austin, Tx. who’s work centers around slow processes and malleable materials. She received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018 and her B.A. in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College in 2013. She is an instructor and Printmaking Lab Technician in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
Cecilia Caldiera is a Brooklyn based artist, working primarily with printmaking, painting and collage. She uses elements of relief printmaking in her paintings to create dense textured environments. She has been a monitor at Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop in NYC since 2013. Cecilia’s work has been exhibited internationally, including shows in NYC, Boston, Los Angeles, New Zealand, London, and most recently a solo show in Barcelona.
Artist & 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.
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.
Sara K. Dunn
Sara K Dunn is an illustrator, printmaker, and gardener based out of Providence, RI. Sara has been continuously inspired by the natural world, people, and haunting architecture. She has created a world of her own in her artwork while still considering the contemporary world that surrounds her.
Camila Escobar Velez
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'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 is a Venezuelan-American artist who immigrated from South America at a young 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. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at The Re Institute (At the Edge of Lawlessness), group shows at International Print Center New York (Multilayered), ARTag Gallery (The Happiness Index) in Helsinki, and a site-specific installation on 14th Street in NYC for Art In Odd Places 2017: SENSE. Figueredo is the recipient of the VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship in Painting and Printmaking (2019-2020), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Award (2019), and the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (2019). 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, where his work is in the Zimmerli Art Museum collection.
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.
J. Leigh Garcia
J. Leigh Garcia is an artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. Garcia received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from The University of North Texas. Garcia is currently a Print Media and Photography Professor at Kent State University in Kent, OH.
Nabil Gonzalez holds a double BFA degree in Printmaking and Graphic Design from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA degree 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 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 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 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
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 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 is a Marketing Manager with a Political Science degree based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Sweden, she is passionate about cultural exchange and politics which she channels into running operations at Prints For Protest alongside her marketing career.
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 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).
Vanessa Nieto Romero
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.
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.
Kelly Taylor Mitchell
Kelly Taylor Mitchell (she/her, b. 1994.) is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary and a Working Artist Project Fellow with The Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College. Kelly’s multidisciplinary practice centers oral history and ancestral memory woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, in order to present speculative futures, specifically related to concepts of community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity. Utilizing printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, and textiles her work manifests as immersive installations, performative objects, and partnered artists books offering a venue for the sensorial –specifically smell- to connect to, convey, and reimagine rituals and rites of autonomous kin, collectives, and individuals of the Africana Diaspora.
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.
Mariana Ramos Ortiz
Mariana Ramos Ortiz is an artist from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico currently working in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras and is currently a second-year MFA student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Through her practice, she revises colonialism and understanding it as an ongoing structure that shifts and redefines itself according to its subjects. Through an interdisciplinary practice, she questions how the operating practices of colonialism persist today and how we can push forward narratives that can further dismantle colonialist structures.
Anthony Rasonsky is a registered nurse that works and resides in the SF/Oakland Bay Area. Anthony first started printmaking in 2010, and after initially working on intaglio, has spent the last couple years focused on relief work. Anthony feels strongly that printmaking is a powerful tool that can bring attention to important social issues facing all people.
Sam studied at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University. She has a BA in Fine Arts and MS in Arts Administration, respectively. Sam is a printmaker and has most recently spent time experimenting with mark making and painting techniques. She is currently the Visual Arts Department Chair at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE. Her work is driven by the daily opportunities to watch her daughter see the world from new, fresh perspectives and philosophical discussions with her wife.
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.
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.
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.
Kaleena Stasiak is an interdisciplinary artist who uses an assortment of haptic media such as printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and wood furniture to explore methods of the consumption of history. Her material investigations question the way individual, regional, and national identities are constructed in order to understand the formulation of collective myths, their relevance to the present, and ways to productively disrupt them. Recent shows include Ancient Art Objects curated by Katie Geha at Whitespace in Atlanta, GA, Give Them the Slip curated by Wendy Vogel and presented by Regina Rex at bitforms Gallery in New York, NY, and Identity Measures curated by Jordan Amirkhani at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA. Stasiak received her BFA in Printmaking from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario in 2008 and her MFA in Printmaking & Book Arts from the University of Georgia in 2018. Currently she is Lecturer in Printmaking & Foundations at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
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 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.