Julianne Ricksecker, artist and printmaker and University City resident of 42 years, is one of four American finalists in the René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking. The prize will be awarded February 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
Four prints from each of the 30 finalists will be exhibited at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, a museum dedicated to book arts, bookbinding and related disciplines. The show runs from Feb. 15 to May 15, 2018. A jury will award the Grand Prize and a 1st and 2nd mention. The René Carcan Public Prize will be selected by a public vote online at: award.renecarcan.be/current_edition.
The contest is sponsored by Espace René Carcan, the nonprofit association created in 1990 by René Carcan (1925-1993). Its main aim is to “develop the art of printmaking”.Twenty years after his death, the Espace René Carcan, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation, created the biennial René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking which will take place for the third time in 2018.
Ricksecker, a member of the Del Mar Art Center Gallery, has been a printmaker exhibiting regularly in San Diego for nearly 40 years. While she also works in pastel and watercolor, she is best known for her work in various techniques of original printmaking. She works most frequently in á la poupée color etching, a relatively rare practice among artists today. Ricksecker’s color etching process renders sumptuous color with unusual depth and richness for metal plate printmaking.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penn., Ricksecker lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Newport, Rhode Island, Rouen, France and Yokosuka, Japan before settling in San Diego. She has exhibited in local, national and international exhibitions. She has won numerous awards for her etchings and her pastels, including 2nd place award at the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Connecticut. In 2017, her work appeared in the 3rd Global Print Exhibition in Douro, Portugal, the Miniprint de Cadaqués in Barcelona, Spain, and “One Foot in the River” at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Min., as well as numerous group exhibitions in San Diego. She exhibits at the Del Mar Art Center Gallery and SmartSpace Galleries in San Diego and Vista.
-- Press release