[Local events] FWD: 5/1 deadline, call for broadsides

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Wed Apr 18 15:00:27 PDT 2012

*Call for Artists:*/
The Broadside Spirit/

August 2012 Juried Group Show
at Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

Multnomah Arts Center invites experienced and emerging artists living in 
Oregon or Washington (in the vicinity of Portland) to submit artwork for 
a juried group show, "The Broadside Spirit," to be shown in the Center 
Gallery August 3 -- September 5, 2012.

The jurors seek individual or collaborative work in any media, inspired 
by the format and spirit of the broadside. (For a definition of the term 
"broadside," see the accompanying short history.)

Please submit artists' statements, resumes, 3 jpgs of existing work or 3 
jpgs of artwork by participating artists with a proposal.Include 
dimensions, materials used and any other helpful descriptive information.

Email to: jaye.campbell at portlandoregon.gov 
<mailto:jaye.campbell at portlandoregon.gov>.
Mail withSASE to: MAC, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR97219.

For more information about MAC and the Center Gallery please go to 
www.multnomahartscenter.org <http://www.multnomahartscenter.org/> or 
call 503-823-2787.

*Submission deadline:May 1, 2012*

*Capsule History of the Broadside*

/David Abel/

The term "broadside" usually refers to a single sheet of paper, printed 
on one side only, often featuring a combination of text and 
illustration. Broadsides (also known as broadsheets) were among the the 
most common printed materials from the sixteenth through the eighteenth 
centuries, especially in Britain, Ireland, and North America, and their 
content ranged from official proclamations and news to scandalous 
stories and popular ballads.

Because the broadside in its early days was a quick and cheap way to 
circulate timely information (often selling for just a penny), it has 
often been compared to whatever form of instant communication is 
current; today, the email blast or tweet might be likened to the 
broadside. Often posted on a wall or other surface, the broadside soon 
gave rise to the poster, whose role in art and advertising was supreme 
in the nineteenth century.

The broadside has always been a vehicle for the unofficial story: 
rumors, ballads, lurid crime reports, political messages thinly 
disguised. In the 1960s, /Broadside/ magazine, a major influence in the 
urban folk music revival, drew on those associations with its name, and 
provided an outlet for scores of protest composers to share their songs.

The revival of fine printing and book arts in the United States in the 
past fifty years has seen the return of the broadside as a significant 
and honored format, in which the crafts of poet and printer (and often 
illustrator) are collaboratively applied. From 1975--90, /Fine Print/ 
magazine included a "broadside roundup" in almost every issue, and there 
were frequent exhibitions and published portfolios of broadsides. Most 
contemporary letterpress printers and publishers continue to issue 
broadsides as well as books; after nearly five hundred years, it seems 
that the broadside is still alive and kicking.

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