BIG INK Exhibition at Maryland Hall | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

BIG INK Exhibition at Maryland Hall

Martino Gallery, 2nd floor

The public is invited to see artists print large-scale woodblocks on BIG INK's giant mobile printmaking press at Maryland Hall on March 30 and 31 from 11 am - 4 pm.

                     BIG INK printing, work by Janie Kinnane at Dedee Shattuck Gallery                  

Never has the saying "Print Isn't Dead" been more poignant than in the case of an ongoing partnership between local arts organization Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and BIG INK. To mark the occasion Maryland Hall is hosting a two-day event, March 30 & 31, 2019, celebrating works on paper at their gallery located at 801 Chase St in Annapolis. There will be hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to witness the printing of monumental woodblock prints carved by artists from throughout the region.

An exhibition of archived BIG INK prints, as well as those printed at Maryland Hall in March, 2019 event will be on exhibit at Maryland Hall in the Martino Gallery and other areas of the building from March 7 - April 26 .

BIG INK is assembling a giant portable printing press at Maryland Hall for the sole purpose of helping artists print these woodblocks, some of which can reach nearly 4 x 8 feet in dimension. A massive press of this scale is rare. And it's precisely the reason that the New Hampshire woodblock printmaking advocacy and education organization BIG INK partnered with Maryland Hall to host this Saturday and Sunday event.

                                                                                            BIG INK print by Andrew Stearns at Dedee Shattuck Gallery

“It's very unusual to have a press this size that artists can come and use,” says Lyell Castonguay, BIG INK co-director and woodblock printer and teacher. Castonguay says there's very few community accessible presses of this size in the country. “It's hard to find.” This is the second time Maryland Hall will host BIG INK at their gallery. The event will feature artists based across the mid-Atlantic. The event is free and open to the public.

Castonguay founded BIG INK in 2012 with his partner to facilitate large-scale woodblock printing events across the country for artists who may not be able to work on this scale with their own resources. BIG INK also partners with galleries and museums, as well as universities to help facilitate students studying printmaking. Their core mission is to spread the practice of woodblock printing to artists and the public alike.


(left) BIG INK Directors Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet with the Big Tuna Press (middle) print byJenya Damsky at 3S Artspace, (right) print by Jacoub Reyes at Atlanta Printmakers Studio