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SHY RABBIT Print National 2, call for entries

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce a call for entries for the “SHY RABBIT Print National 2: A National Juried Exhibition,” Sept. 4 – Oct. 31

The juror is Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of art, Oregon State University.

The inaugural “SHY RABBIT Print National” exhibition ’09 was very successful, drawing in large numbers of enthusiastic local and out-of-town visitors, and serving as an invaluable introduction to the world of fine art printmaking for many.

As Michael D. Barnes wrote in his juror’s statement, “It was a great pleasure and honor to be invited by Denise and Michael Coffee to jury the inaugural Shy Rabbit Print National, of which I hope there will be many more to come.”

A total of 308 submissions were received from artists located throughout the U.S., from which Barnes selected 75 pieces for inclusion in the inaugural Print National, representing 31 fine art printmakers from 20 states.

It was determined that the “SHY RABBIT Print National” should become an annual event, largely due to the overwhelming response that this inaugural Print National received, and the satisfaction that came with introducing world class work to an ever expanding local and regional audience.

The “SHY RABBIT Print National 2” juried exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older.

Original contemporary works in traditional and nontraditional printmaking media including book arts, three-dimensional and mixed media prints are eligible. All submissions must have been completed within the last three years. Straight or purely digital prints and photography are not eligible.

Entries may be mailed or submitted online at

Submission deadline is June 21, for online and postmarked entries.

For a Prospectus, please visit

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1954, Yuji Hiratsuka received his B.S. in art education from Tokyo Gakugei University in 1978, his M.A. in printmaking from New Mexico State University in 1987, and his M.F.A. in printmaking from Indiana University in 1990.

Hiratsuka currently serves as professor of art at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he teaches drawing and printmaking. He conducts workshops and lectures regularly, and is a member of the Northwest Print Council and the California Society of Printmakers.

His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has presented more than 40 solo shows over the last decade in the United States, as well as several International solo shows.

He has received numerous awards in international competitions, including the 13th International Biennial of Humor and Satire in the Arts, Gabrovo, Bulgaria; the International Print Biennial, Sapporo, Japan; and the Equal Prize at Majdanek 2000, VI International Art Triennial, Lublin, Poland.

Hiratsuka’s work is represented in numerous collections including: The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, New York Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Library of Congress, Cincinnati Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco.

For more information on Yuji Hiratsuka, please visit

SHY RABBIT strives to present ongoing exhibitions that invite curiosity and discussion; that keep artists involved and challenged; that create excitement and interest in the arts community and beyond; and that showcase contemporary fine art trends and ideas.

SHY RABBIT winter hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, by appointment or chance.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit or call 731-2766. For more information on exhibitions, visit