Local Conditions refers to the specific characteristics associated with a particular place and time. It can refer to weather, or surf, or food, or the environment, or politics or even health. It is the sense of actually being there, the experience of how conditions are right now, and how they’re affected by surrounding conditions. An understanding of local conditions is an awareness of how things influence each other, and this in turn influences our ideas of sustainability, responsibility and community.

As a collaborative group of printmakers, our processes, materials, images and ideas inform and influence each other. In the proximity of the studio, we think, we work, we learn, we share. As we worked on this portfolio, we shared process work in the studio, in order to cross- pollinate ideas and inspire each other. The result is this portfolio.

Each of the 27 artists represented here created an edition or series of ten prints, on 10 by 10 inch white paper, for this portfolio, which was created for and exhibited at the Southern Graphics Council Internationl Printmaking Conference Print: MKE 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2013. Susan Danly, former Curator of Graphics, Photography and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art, curated the Portfolio and authored the introductory essay for the catalog.

The Portfolio is housed in an archival red cloth covered drop-spine box made by David Wolfe. To date the Local Conditions portfolio has been placed in the following collections: Permanent archives of the Southern Graphics Council; Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin; Wheaton College, MA, University of New England, ME; Portland Museum of Art, ME; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT.

For additional information about, acquisition of, or to discuss hosting an exhibition of the traveling version of it, please contact any one of the members of the Portfolio Committee listed on the contacts page. To view our first portfolio, completed in 2008, please click here.