USM Art Department faculty Damir Porobic and Brian Reeves, who teaches art at SMCC, Boston College (BC) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston co-organize an annual open propaganda poster exchange portfolio and distribution network between art faculty and their students from neighboring institutions between Portland and Boston. This year marks the project’s third installment, “PRINT POWER! vol. 3,” which is currently being exhibited at the W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
Each year, Porobic incorporates the project into his printmaking and 2D design classes at USM to teach introductory to intermediate design principles and applications, as well as poster history and relevant tools, methods and printmaking technologies that have developed or been heavily influenced by propaganda posters as an image-driven method of public expression.
“The project is entirely democratic in such that each student or participant independently chooses a personal agenda that they wish to make visually persuasive and graphically engaging in their final result,” Porobic said. “Final portfolios are a mixture of individual voices and expressions on a variety of cultural and personal agendas.”
This year's exchange includes participants from Boston College, Bowdoin College, Maine College of Art, Olin School of Engineering, Southern Maine Community College, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Southern Maine and Wellesley College.
USM will showcase excerpts from “PRINT POWER! vol. 3” at USM’s AREA Gallery in the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland, in conjunction with the USM Art Galleries’ first exhibition of the semester, “Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion,” a WWI poster collection recently gifted to USM Special Collections by retired Tufts University history professor Howard Solomon, which runs August 28 through December 8. Learn more about USM’s upcoming exhibition here.
Learn more about the “PRINT POWER!” project here.
Artist credits (in order of appearance from top to bottom):
Package design: Brian Reeves (SMCC, BC, SMFA). Printed by Damir Porobic (USM) and Brian Reeves.
Trust Women, a screen print by Fatima Najm of Southern Maine Community College
Love Is A Renewable Resource, a screen print by USM student Amy Emmons
Time To Turn Around, a relief print created by Bowdoin College Printmaking 1 student Katherine Cavanagh. Instructor Mary Hart.