Call for Carvers: Steamroller Spectacular at Printers Ball 2015

Steamroller Spectacular at Printers Ball 2015 will bring together 300+ artists, teachers, organizations, and creative thinkers to reflect how communities “push and pull” physically, metaphorically, and politically.

While we cannot yet share our outstanding line-up of 2015 festival guests, we are beyond excited to announce a large-scale community based printmaking project that will take over the Hubbard Street Lofts parking lot on Saturday, June 27.

Steamroller Printing” is a long-standing yet little-known printmaking tradition. Our version, Push & Pull: Streamroller Spectacular, is headed up by the esteemed Art Educator, William Estrada. We are seeking artists, community organizations, and art teachers to contribute hand-carved woodblocks to be printed onsite using a steamroller to create banner-sized collaborative prints. Anyone interested in joining simple needs to complete the Online Submission Form to participate.

The project aims to create a dialogue with multiple voices from various communities through the development of a large scale printmaking project that engages various community stakeholders to reflect how communities “push and pull” physically, metaphorically, and politically.

How it works

Each participant will receive a 6×6” or 12×12” block of MDF. Educators and organizations may request multiple blocks. Block size is determined by age and printing experience. Blocks will be available for pick-up at Spudnik Press by April 1. Simply carve and return blocks by June 1. Blocks will be printed at Printers Ball 2015 on Sat. June 27.

Community Carving Events

There will be opportunities throughout the city for participants to meet and carve together, beginning Saturday April 4, 1-5pm at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Additional dates and locations will be announced via All carving events are free. Download the Call for Community Carvers for details.