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Feb.
15th

“National Print Show” at Pacific Lutheran University brings themes of compassion to Tacoma

Work by Janet Badger at the National Print Show at PLU. Courtesy photo.

Maybe it’s something about the nature of printmaking, which requires artists to spend many solitary, introspective studio hours in painstaking technical work, but the latest print show in town has brought out a strongly empathetic focus from printmakers around the nation. Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened its biannual National Print Show last week, and this year’s focus subject – compassion – is given strong attention.

It’s a comfortably-sized show, which is a good thing – big group shows can be overwhelming – and it’s worth both the trek out to campus and the hassle of daytime parking to see. One of four events in the SOAC Compassion series (the others are an upcoming documentary film, the play “Rabbit Hole” in March and a new choral composition about war in May), the print show delves into human themes of empathy, sorrow, hope, connection and desperation with quiet dignity, and some very skillful use of the print medium.

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