First Edition opens with Artisphere, Greenville's signature visual, performing, and culinary arts celebration. First Edition is a juried exhibition of original prints created by undergraduates currently studying beginning printmaking in Southeastern colleges. The prints represent many traditional printmaking methods, such as linoleum cut, woodcut, etching, and screen printing. The images themselves are contemporary, vibrant, and fresh. 18 students and 24 prints were chosen from a field of 34 students submitting 74 prints. The exhibition offers an entertaining and informative study of beginning printmaking today. The student entrants demonstrate promise for continued growth as thoughtful artists rooted in the fine craft of printmaking.

Andrew Blanchard, Associate Professor of Printmaking and Photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, served as this year's juror. Blanchard's own prints are in collections throughout the US and in Europe and Asia. He was designated by the Oxford American in 2011 as a New Superstar of Southern Art and was shortlisted for the 701 CCA Prize in Columbia, SC in 2014. Blanchard remarks, "In this First Edition viewing, I tried to include a balance of b/w and multicolor prints, as I was quite pleased to see such successful attempts at layering color, all the while learning a new process. As a professional artist and a printmaking educator, I remember these naive times in my own printmaking - the nervousness, as well as the excitement of seeing a project come to fruition..." He also invites us to "Enjoy my selections, you print lovers, and feel free to purchase these fine examples of beginning printmaking, for you never know who may end up a major player in the coming years!" 
RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College.  The gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. 

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Manager                    
RIVERWORKS Gallery                          
(864) 271-0679 or email                      
or visit www.gvltec.edu/vpa/