Gallery Exhibit: Carving Through Borders


Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
January 20 - February 24, 2015
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artist Reception: January 28, 11:15 a.m. - Noon; Artist Talk @11:30am

Carving Through Borders is a collaboration between the Syracuse University Printmaking Program and CultureStrike, a San Francisco based non-profit whose mission is to leverage culture and the arts to raise awareness about immigration policies in the United States in support of cultural change.

Fifteen artists of diverse immigrant backgrounds were invited to create large-scale woodcuts depicting images and messages inspired by their experiences as documented or undocumented citizens. The themes explore deportation, justice, worker’s rights, the immigrant’s contributions to society and the freedom to move across borders. Artists worked for months carving their imagery into large wood panels, utilizing a printmaking process (some working in the medium for the very first time) that has a long history for disseminating information and rallying change.

In March of 2014, a team of faculty and students from the Syracuse University Printmaking program travelled to San Francisco and set up a pop-up printmaking studio on the streets of the Mission District. Working side by side, the students and artists printed the large-scale woodcuts on fabric with a two-ton steamroller. The resulting impressions are intended to be used as banners in political marches and protests across the United States where immigration policy change is currently challenged.