Brickbottom Artists Association

BIG INK: Large Scale Prints from the Woodcut Revolution

BIG INK, based in Newmarket, NH, travels the country with a one-of-a-kind giant printmaking press and provides the means and materials for artists to come together and collaboratively print his or her own monumental woodcut during public events. This exhibition showcases 29 previous BIG INK participants. The arts organization has visited printmaking studios, art centers, and museums from coast to coast and has assisted over 200 artists from all backgrounds and skill levels.

Opening reception Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm.

BIG INK Director
Lyell Castonguay

Exhibition Curators
Carolyn Muskat, Debra Olin

J.L. Abraham, Sherri Blasé, Martin E. Boyle, Elena Betke Brunswick/Jamie Sweeney, Carand Burnet, Lyell Castonguay, Camille Chew, Dan Chiaccio, Kerry O. Furlani, Madeline Gaffey, Barbara Ryan Gartin, Robin Gibson, Rebecca Gilbert, Delaney Green, Cait Guinta/Ned Roche, David Hazlett, Nina Jordan, Eben Kling, Brian Kreydatus, Erin Leon, Kelli MacConnell, Denise Manseau, Carolyn Muskat, Kevin Ponerleau, Nomi Silverman, Kate Smith, Chris Stepler, Kristie Valentine, David Whitbeck

BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on carving, printing, and promoting large scale woodcuts. We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through  Approximately fourteen artists are accepted per event and given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.

Initially, BIG INK began as a way for Lyell Castonguay and his partner, Carand Burnet to share their acquired knowledge of the medium with others. Since 2012, a national community of over a hundred past participants has formed.


Feature image: Carolyn Muskat, The Watcher, 72w x 36h, 2015