2012: END OF TIME - Pittsburgh Print Group

Date Span: 
May 11 to July 22
March 1

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December 2012 marks the conclusion of a b’ak’tun; a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. The creation accounts of the Maya refer to cycles of  creation or world ages. The previous world ages ended after 13 b’ak’tuns, or roughly 5,125 years. According to the Maya Long Count calendar, the fourth world, our world, will have reached the end of its thirteenth b’ak’tun on December 21, 2012.

The end of the fourth world age in 2012 might be accompanied by cataclysmic and transformative events. Will we witness doomsday scenarios in the form of natural disasters triggered by magnetic polar shifts? Astronomical alignments for 2012 place earth in the same plane as the dark center of the galaxy and the black hole that lurks there. Will that change in alignment create a shift in the energy of the cosmos that causes the black hole to begin to feed again? Does the transit of Venus, a rare astrological event, along with a total eclipse of the sun occurring on the last holy day of the Mayan long count calendar, portend the end of the world or the beginning of a new age? Can there be creation
without destruction? Creation and destruction cycles appear in many civilizations in the form of myths and religions spanning the ages in all parts of the world. The end of planet earth as we know it might be triggered by a solar maximum, a collision with another planet, or the arrival of aliens. Perhaps even more fantastic is the notion that the fourth world age might be transformed into the fifth by means of a complete spiritual transformation of the world’s societies and the peaceable dawning of a new age.

As mortals we all face the inevitable end of ourselves in the world. As artists we have the power to create our own visions of what may lie ahead both for the
world and ourselves.

This exhibit is open to all Print Group members and all artists in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Artists must be able to hand deliver accepted work to PCA.

Work submitted must be original. Work should either be created specifically for this exhibition or suited to the theme. Work should have been produced within the last two years and not exhibited at the PCA or another venue within 150 miles of

A printmaking process – relief, intaglio, silkscreen, lithography, monotype – must be central to the execution of all entries. Photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium will not be considered; however, photographs and other digital images may be used as part of the final image but may not stand‐alone.
Two dimensional work must be exhibit ready, professionally presented and ready to hang. Work that differs from the digital
image it represents will be rejected. PCA reserves the right to remove work that is deemed unfit to hang or stand.



Exhibit Duration:
May 11 — July 22, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 11, 2012
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Digital Submissions Due at PCA:
March 1, 2012

Notification of Acceptance:
March 15, 2012

Drop‐off Accepted Work:

Thursday, April 26, 2012
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Pickup Exhibited Work:
Sunday, July 22, 2012
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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