Amos Kennedy speaks to the power of the distributed word at CC

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Open House with Amos Kennedy, 3-5 p.m., The Press at Colorado College, 920 N. Cascade Ave., free, registration required, facebook.com/galleryuccs. - AMOS KENNEDY
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  • Open House with Amos Kennedy, 3-5 p.m., The Press at Colorado College, 920 N. Cascade Ave., free, registration required, facebook.com/galleryuccs.
Since its invention and throughout its evolution, the printmaking process has enabled the wide distribution of ideas and art, neither of which have always been accessible to all people. Printmaker Amos Kennedy, known for his provocative posters and his art’s emphasis on race and social issues, said in a 2018 interview with 20x200.com, “Printing is affordable; that is why it is printing. I like the fact that the printed material is supposed to be distributed.” Unlike other forms of art, prints can be reproduced and sold for low prices, or even given away for free. This ultimately makes it the art of the masses, even though it takes great skill to create a truly beautiful print. UCCS’ Galleries of Contemporary Art have explored that concept in their current exhibit, Gadzook!, a collection of letterpress prints by contemporary artists including Kennedy. Join him at an open house at local printmaking stronghold The Press at Colorado College, where he will be working with CC students on the studio’s letterpress, and speaking about the printmaking process and the power of the distributed word.

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