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Welcome to the 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery

 

Welcome to our first-ever virtual exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese Print Art. This welcome is extended to you on behalf of our 400 members, many of whom are here in Tokyo and others who live in countries around the world.

The 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery exemplifies the ingenuity of dynamic women when things cannot go as planned. We have worked together innovatively during this year that has been, in the truest sense of the word, extraordinary. Fortunately, CWAJ is made up of extraordinary women who are undaunted by disruption and who find unusual methods to accomplish our usual goals.

Since 1949, when a small group of Japanese and American women began raising funds to help Japanese students study abroad, CWAJ has remained committed to education by awarding scholarships to women and visually impaired individuals while also promoting contemporary Japanese print art and artists. Over our 71-year history, CWAJ has hung 63 internationally-acclaimed, juried, contemporary Japanese print art exhibitions where art lovers have discovered and purchased prints made using various techniques, including engraving, intaglio, mezzotint, and woodblock. Though we cannot hold our 64th Print Show in person this year, we tapped into the varied talents of our members and together we are proud to present this exciting online show and sale.

Proceeds from our print art exhibitions have enabled CWAJ to award more than 850 scholarships totaling more than ¥985,257,000 as well as Art Grants, Artist-in-Residence Awards, and CWAJ Young Printmaker Awards. In the process, members have forged friendships and inspired each other as we have promoted art, education, and community activities.

To offer more support to artists during this difficult year, all who submitted prints for consideration in the 64th Print Show were invited to participate in this unjuried online gallery. We are gratified that 231 artists accepted this offer and are pleased to make their prints available to you.

Please enjoy looking through this selection of print art from artists who are currently working in Japan. Take your time, share the images with your family and friends, and purchase your favorite prints. Let these works of art serve as a reminder that beauty thrives even in challenging times. By purchasing prints, you are supporting artists and CWAJ Scholarship, including the new CWAJ Pandemic Response Nursing Scholarship.

This greeting would not be complete without expressing our deepest gratitude to our exhibiting artists, to our generous donors, and to all our volunteers. It is only with your support that this exciting exhibition can take place. We are grateful that you are here and we are glad to have the opportunity to offer you such beautiful print art.

The 2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery will be open to the public from Monday, October 12th to Saturday, October 31.

We hope to be able to hold the 64th CWAJ Print Show in person in October 2021.

Jane Grimes

2020 CWAJ President

Tomoko Toda

2020 CWAJ Director of Print Show

Director of Open Print Art Gallery 

Atsuko Yoshida
Masami Sakurai
Ruta Bublyte

2020 CWAJ Print Show Co-Chairs

Open Print Art Gallery Co-Chairs

 

CWAJ初のOnlineによる展覧会 

『2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Gallery』 へようこそ!

 

日頃CWAJの活動をご支援くださっている方々をはじめ、国内外にお住いのたくさんの皆様にこの展覧会をご鑑賞いただけることはなによりの喜びです。

 

当初予定しておりました現代版画展の秋の開催はやむなく断念いたしましたが、文字通り未曾有の事態に見舞われるなか、皆で知恵を絞って新しい道を模索し、試行錯誤を重ねながらようやくこのOnlineによる展覧会の実現に至りました。

 

一般社団法人CWAJ1949年に米国留学を志す日本人学生の渡航費援助を目的として日米の女性によって創立され、以来、次世代の人材育成と教育・文化活動、国際交流を通して社会に貢献する活動を続けながら、おかげさまで今年創立71周年を迎えました。CWAJ基金活動の根幹をなすCWA現代版画展は国内外での評価も高く、昨年で63回を数えました。

 

木版、銅板、リトグラフ、シルクスクリーン、伝統的・抽象的あるいはポップな作品にいたるまで、実に多彩な版画作品を一同に集めるCWAJ現代版画展では、販売による純益全額が海外留学する日本人女子大学院生、日本で学ぶ外国人女子大学院生、視覚障害男女学生、福島看護学生に支給する奨学金及び福島支援プロジェクトなどに充てられてきました。昨年までにCWAJ奨学生は850名を超え、総額98,500円におよぶ奨学金を支給しております。

 

今年は通常の公募展とは異なり、本年予定されていた版画展への応募者すべての皆様にこの企画へのご参加を呼びかけましたが、CWAJ現代版画展を長年お支えいただいている版画作家の方々にも快くご賛同いただき、231点にものぼる作品をここに展示できましたことは新たな挑戦に乗り出す私共にとって大きな励みとなっております。

 

『2020 CWAJ Open Print Art Galleryの開催にあたり、この企画にご参加くださった作家の皆様、ご寄付をお寄せ下さいました法人・個人の方々、これまでCWAJの活動を支えてくださったすべての皆様にこの場を借りて心より感謝申し上げます。


開催期間は1012日から1031日までの3週間。開催期間中は何度でもゆっくりご鑑賞いただけます。新しいかたちの展覧会をぜひお楽しみください。

 

尚、第64CWAJ現代版画展は代官山ヒルサイド・フォーラムで来年の開催を予定しております。一日も早く平静が戻り、皆様と版画展の会場でお目にかかれる日が訪れますことを心より祈っております。

ジェーン・グライムス

2020 CWAJ会長

戸田知子

2020CWAJ現代版画展

CWAJ Open Print Art Galley 担当役員 

ルタ・バブリテ
𠮷田篤子
桜井真砂美

2020CWAJ現代版画展

CWAJ Open Print Art Galley委員長