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DANVILLE, Ky. April 22, 2016 – The Community Arts Center will host a public steamroller printmaking event on Saturday, May 14th, as the culmination of its five-month Art Under Pressure project, funded in part by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America Grant.

Throughout the spring semester, students at Danville High School have been working with printmaking artists Rodolfo Salgado, Jr. and Susanna Crum of Calliope Arts in Louisville on an exploration of large-scale printmaking. Through a series of workshops and class instruction, students have studied the history of printmaking and mastered the basic carving and design skills needed to produce wood-block prints.

On Saturday, May 14th at Danville High School (rain location: Public Works Garage, 547 S. 2nd Street), students will produce large canvas prints from their blocks. Because the blocks are each nearly eight feet long, a commercial grade steamroller will be used to press the blocks and transfer the images to the canvas. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Bob Allen Motor Mall, this family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The event will take place from 10am to 2pm to coincide with the Boyle County Farmers’ Market, now located at Danville High School. Community members will have the opportunity to learn about printmaking, watch the steamroller in action, and explore a variety of hands-on printmaking activities for adults and children.

The large finished prints will be publicly displayed at Bob Allen Motor Mall, the Boyle County Public Library, and as a public art display in downtown Danville.

Smaller prints produced by the students will be on display at the Community Arts Center from May 4th through 28th, with an opening reception on Friday, May 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Guest artist Susanna Crum will also host a public lecture on printmaking and the Art Under Pressure project on Wednesday, May 18th at noon at the Community Arts Center.  See www.communityartscenter.net for more information.

About The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA funds hundreds of arts related projects each year across more than a dozen artistic disciplines. The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

The NEA Challenge America program awarded 130 grants totaling 1,300,000 during its fall 2015 round of grant-making. Grants were awarded to organizations all across the country. The Community Arts Center was the only organization in Kentucky to be awarded an NEA Challenge America grant.

The Community Arts Center is located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Danville, KY. The Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the Community Arts Center, visit www.communityartscenter.net.