Canary in the Coal Mine Project

As part of Zea Mays Printmaking’s participation in Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, we are inviting any artist interested in collaborating with us to join in the Canary in the Coal Mine Project.   Let’s create a visual reminder of the birds we will lose if we don’t take action now.  Help raise a ruckus about their habitat loss due to deforestation.  Get to know a specific bird and show us its uniqueness.

How it works:

  • $10 to participate 
  • We give you a used printing plate – approximates size 4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″  (copper, zinc, aluminum or plastic) – your choice as long as our supply lasts. (you’re helping us recycle used metal!)
  • You select a bird from the Audubon Society’s list of 389 Bird Species on the brink of survival due to habitat loss from climate change and deforestation.
  • You make an image of the bird you selected using the plate we give you.  You can choose to do your bird on top of the image already on the plate, scrape down the plate, or use the back.  You can make an etching, a drypoint, an engraving, use the plate for monoprinting – it’s up to you.
  • You print a small edition from the plate (variable editions ok) on any paper that is 8″ x 10″ (20 cm x 25.5 cm).
  • You send us 5 signed and numbered prints from the plate and keep the rest.
  • Prints are due on a rolling basis up until June 1, 2021.
  • We include the prints in our Green to the Extreme exhibitions, create portfolios from entries, sell prints to raise money to fund our Extraction Programming.
  • We all raise awareness about these threatened species and contribute to the ruckus!

Entry form

$10 participation fee ‐