Monday, February 23, 2009

Pardon Johnny Cash: 2009 Flower Pickin' Festival Poster Design Competition

2009 Poster Competition Call for Entries
Deadline: Entries must be Postmarked by June 12, 2009
The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival is an annual event that takes place in Starkville, Mississippi where Johnny Cash was inspired to write the song "Starkville City Jail". The event honors the spirit of redemption, the depth, and humanity of Johnny Cash's life and music.

The Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival "pardon committee" requests submissions for the 2009 poster design competition. Designs will be judged by a panel of artists and professionals. The poster will be distributed both locally and regionally to promote the event, and may be used as the design for festival T-shirts.

Artwork should include the following:
• A reference to Johnny Cash and Starkville, Mississippi
• Festival dates: October 16–18, 2009

The artist of the winning design will be awarded $300 and will receive 3 posters signed by the event's headliners. All submissions become the property of the Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival. All entries should be original work and contain no copyrighted material. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Submission Requirements:
• Submit a hard copy of the artwork that is sized proportional to 16” x 20”. Artwork should be full-color, any medium.
• Submit a PDF of the artwork on a CD marked with the applicant's name.
• Provide contact information including e-mail, mailing address, & phone number
• Entry Fee: Student fee: $5.00 per entry (must include a photocopy of current ID to be accepted); Professional fee: $20.00 per entry.

View previous winning entries at the festival shop at

Submission packet contents should be properly packaged and shipped to:
Johnny Cash Flower Pickin' Festival
Poster Competition
P.O. Box 6284
Mississippi State, MS 39762
For more information, visit the Pardon Johnny Cash website or contact Robbie Ward at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Atlanta Printmakers' Studio: Paste Paper Workshop

Instructor Rory Golden
Saturday, March 21, 2009 10am-4pm
$75 APS members / $85 non-members

Paste papers developed in 18th Century Germany, have much potential beyond their traditional use as decorative patterned papers for book and box covers and end sheets. The term “paste paper” refers to a method of decorating the surface of paper with acrylic or tempera paint mixed in a “paste” medium and applied in various methods resulting in patterned papers. In this workshop we will learn basic techniques for patterned, and pulled papers. We will then learn to make a “tabletop monotype” paste paper and will create two-sided papers using kozo, handmade mulberry paper. All paste papers may be used in subsequent projects, such as a book cover or as a background layer for a relief print, silkscreen or letterpress printing.

Rory Golden teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, which he directed from 2000 – 2004, the San Francisco Center for the Book, the Long Beach Museum of Art and numerous colleges and universities around the country. He holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Yaddo. His artwork is in public and private collections around the country.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Printmakers' Studio website and click on the "Classes" link.

Monday, February 16, 2009

SABA Workshop Conference and Juried Exhibition

Southeast Association for Book Arts (SABA)
The University of South Carolina will hold its 3rd Biennial SABA Workshop Conference and Juried Exhibition May 11 – 14, 2009, with evening reception May 10. For more information about both the conference and exhibition, see the SABA website at

FEBRUARY 20: Deadline for submissions
MARCH 5: Email notification of accepted entries
APRIL 14-28: Artwork Due at McMaster Gallery
MAY 5: Exhibition Opens
MAY 12: Exhibition Reception, 5-7pm
MAY 29: Exhibition closes and all artwork will be returned