Nov 20, 2007

International Print Exhibition & Exchange for The Year of the Rat 2008

Exhibition Dates: January 30 - February 14. 2008

Chinese New Year Opening: Thursday February 7 5 - 9pm

(Proof Gallery is open 12 - 5 Daily Wednesday to Sunday)

Submission Dates have been extended to January 15th to encourage more printmakers and bookmakers to participate, realizing the holiday season is so busy.

PROOF Studio Gallery is again pleased to host the 7th International Print Exhibition and Exchange – an opportunity for printmakers from anywhere in the world to connect with each other by exhibiting their print interpretation of the zodiac sign of the Chinese New Year. Artists from China, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario are participants for 2008 in this free exhibition and print exchange.

Each artist creates a limited edition especially for this show using a traditional print technique such as etching, wood block, linoblock, embossing, relief methods, silkscreen and mixed print media. The first print is used in the exchange, the second for fund raising for the exhibition and additional prints will be exchanged or offered for sale. Participation is free and funded by the exchange print supplied by each artist. For some artists this is their 7th year of participation and they are collecting some wonderful prints and printmaking contacts around the world. Printmakers of all ages are encouraged to participate and we have university, college and high school students also involved!

How the Print Exhibition and Exchange Got Started

In the fall of 2001, Sheila Jonah of Proof Studio Gallery in Toronto and Karen Cornelius of KC Print Studio in Winnipeg traveled to Xian, China and spent 5 weeks working with the Printmaking Department in Xian University of Fine Arts. Chinese students and printmaking professors were keen to exhibit in Canada and also very interested to see examples of techniques from Canadian printmakers.

The idea for the International Print Exhibition was sparked by Sheila Jonah and initially organized by Karen Cornelius out of Winnipeg for the first 5 years and in Toronto by Sheila Jonah. Exhibitions occurred yearly at the Ottawa School of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design and in Winnipeg. Xian University of Fine Arts in China and Schorndorf Town Hall in Germany also hosted exhibitions. This is the second year PROOF Studio Gallery in Toronto Canada supports printmaking by offering their space for the Year of the Rat exhibition.

For further information please contact: sheilajonah”at”

Handmade Book Submissions

Handmade Book Submissions
Year of the Rat International Exchange and Exhibition


The 7th International Print Exchange and Exhibition using the Chinese Year of the Rat a inspiration is making a call for prints and handmade books. It is free to participate and the due date is December 15th, 2007. The exhibition will be held at PROOF Studio Gallery in The Distillery District in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2008 exhibition will be January 30 – February 13th with the opening Thursday February 7th on Chinese New Year.

This year I have decided to expand the print exchange to include handmade books that incorporate some form of printmaking into the exchange and exhibition. Using the theme of The Year of the Rat, the books could include relief prints, letterpress, hand stamped or rubbed printing, silkscreen, etching, litho, woodcuts or any other traditional print method or mixed media involving print. (Please not straight digital books)

If you wish to participate in the Exchange component of the International Print Exchange and Exhibition you can submit 3 - 5 copies of the book. One is used for exhibition and fund raising to cover mailing and exhibition costs and the others offered for sale or used to exchange with other artists. Artists receive sales. Books can be any size but no larger than 10” x 10” for mailing purposes – small books are suggested. Attached please find the submission information and history of the print exchange over the past 6 years.

If you wish to participate in the Exhibition component only and not the exchange, that is great but I need a photo or description of the intended book to reserve space for the February exhibition. There is no size constraint. I will need a confirmation before December 15th that you will be sending a book, but it does not need to be delivered until January 15th. Books may be offered for sale if the artist is so inclined. There will be a mailing charge to return exhibition books only.

For any questions or information please contact me:

Sheila Jonah, PROOF Studio Gallery, Building 74
Case Goods Warehouse, Studio 104, Ground Floor
Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Toronto M5A 3C4

For information about the print & book exchange and exhibition please check our blogspot.

Nov 12, 2007

Applications for Year of The Rat 2008

Want to be in the 2008 Year of the Rate Print Exhibition and Exchange? E-mail for an application at sheilajonah"@"

See last year's exhibition at