MISPRINTS: 24 Printmakers Reveal and Relish Their Mistakes As Part of 100th Year Celebration of “Inv

Hyattsville, MD—Misprints celebrates the unique outcomes of a printer’s mistake on the 100th anniversary of the first airmail flight and the infamous “Inverted Jenny” stamp. For stamp collectors, mistakes are what make a stamp more valuable. For artists, mistakes can also be valuable. In this exhibition, twenty-four printmakers reveal their "mistakes" and the unintended results.

Misprints opens Friday, March 8th with a reception from 6:30–9 pm. The exhibition runs through April 19, 2019. Gallery hours: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday–Saturday and 12–5 pm on Sunday. The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. More at pyramidatlanticartcenter.org or 301-608-9101.

The exhibition features a diverse array of printing techniques, including etching, relief prints, screenprints, and lithographs. Mistakes exhibited are both printing mistakes—like an upside down letter or out of order layers—and process mistakes, such as over-etching a plate.

As Pyramid Artistic Director and Misprints Curator Gretchen Schermerhorn explains, “artists, particularly printmakers, are calculating in their processes, yet the execution may not go as expected. However, sometimes—and often—it turns out better. When you allow for experimentation and mistakes, interesting things can happen. This show proves that.”

In its open call for the exhibition, Pyramid had far more submissions than expected. “It’s clearly a topic that people can relate to,” says Schermerhorn. While there is a strong showing from local artists, the show also features printmakers from PA, WV, MA, TX, and LA. The exhibition features work from Cynthia Back, Christy Ball, Carol Barsha, Tracey Bullington, Amy Callner, Michele Casto, Andy Clark, Kristine DeNinno, Maggie Gourlay, Michael Hagan, David Hawkins, Robert Howsare, Carrie Iverson, Sue Johnson, Katie Kaplan, Nilou Kazemzadeh, Alice Kresse, Aselin Lands, Matt McLaughlin, Ursula Minervini, Edie Overturf, Rick Pieto, Ira Tattelman, and Sharon Wolpoff.


Happy Hour Printing Sessions

Pyramid Atlantic will help attendees try their hands at printing a postcard on a Linoscribe printing press. Artists will show people how to ink, crank, and print an artistic postcard featuring a model of the famous Curtiss JN-4 airplane. From there, the work can either be cut out and assembled as a paper plane, or decorated as a postcard and sent off to a friend! March 30, 2019 update: The date and time of the April event has changed. The event is also now free and open to the public (while supplies last).


This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. ​


Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and

innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.


Pictured: “Hagan Inverted Ginny” by Michael Hagen. Screenprint (Stencil/Screen). 2019. Additional images available upon request.