August 24 - October 14


The leaders of the Central Coast Printmakers selected Artist Juan R. Fuentes, a long time social activist, art teacher, poster maker, and printmaker as their juror for Pressing Matters 2018—the artist group’s biennial exhibition at SLOMA. Their nationwide call for artists this Spring attracted 56 artists who submitted 144 images for possible selection. Juror Juan Fuentes culled the entries to 64 images that will be installed by Curator Ruta Saliklis in the Museum’s Gray Wing.

Juan Fuentes will share his decisions and insights for Pressing Matters 2018 with a walk around the exhibition on Saturday, August 25 at 2 PM, followed by an opening reception and his presentation of the awards 3 to 5 PM.

Juan Fuentes grew up in the farm labor camps of Monterey County, picking fruits and vegetables along with his family members.
Fuentes’ artwork has been greatly influenced by the many social movements of the 1960s and 70s and his strong conviction that art is needed to make social change a possibility— healing the injustices faced by people around the world.

Juan Fuentes works from photographs, news clippings, his own drawings, and family photos. He likes to reassemble, change, and redraw images—sometimes directly onto the block of wood or linoleum before he begins to carve. He explains, “The act of carving allows me to use the cutting tools as pencils, to more thoughtfully explore the materials and feelings that I’m trying to convey. Once I have developed my ideas through drawing and carving, the selection of color and the printing become essential parts of the process.”

Pressing Matters 2018

Related Programming

Saturday, August 25 at 2 PM: Juror Juan Fuentes will give an ARTalk. Opening reception to follow, 3 to 5 PM. Free and open to the public.

Art After Dark: Friday, September 7 from 6 to 9 PM: Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal will give a live demonstration on printmaking. Free and open to the public.

September 14-16, 2018: Mokuhanga Japanese woodblock printing workshop with Carol Brown. Max 12 students.


A public reception will take place on Friday, September 7, 6–9 PM in conjunction with Art After Dark. Free admission.

Banner Images (left to right): E Pluribus Unum by Bay Hallowell, The Last Roundup by David Avery, and A Dream in Three by Nancy Helmsworth.
Homepage Image: Good Luck Charms, Susan F. Schafer.

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