THEME, 2024

Truthful art is the voice of the artist for what is important to them and for their contributions to a better world. For this IPEP 2024 we would like to invite artists to use their print as their voice to reflect on an issue of social justice that is close to their heart and that they would like to see heard and addressed.

Social injustice is broad as it affects every aspect of our life. We would like the theme, however, to be limited to current issues that our society and world are facing at large, and not to personal philosophical and/or existential themes that may well have their own bearing on social justice. Examples of intended themes include, but are not limited to, inequality, discrimination, poverty, violence and war, abuse of human rights (gender, minorities, religious, freedom, etc.), refugees and displaced, environment.

Allowing each participating artist to add their own particular concern and personal perspective about social justice as they experience it will hopefully empower them, and lead to an impactful creative piece of art. It will also contribute to a display of a large array of concerns as faced by our society and by our world, adding at the same time different cultural perspectives to the theme according to each artist’s country of origin.

“Imprinting Justice” has been selected as the title for this Exchange: “Justice” pointing to the focus of the submitted works; and “Imprinting” alluding not only to the specific tool of printmaking being used, but also, and more importantly, to the active role of the artist in using their print for building and instauring a change toward justice.

Saad Ghosn, USA

Curator, 2024

Saad Ghosn, a native of Lebanon, has been living in Cincinnati since 1985. A retired medical professional, educator, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, Saad resorts to visual and literary art to express himself and convey his views for a just and peaceful world. Saad strongly believes that activism is at the heart of art expression.

He is the founder in 2003 and current president of ‘SOS (Save Our Souls) ART’ (sosartcincinnati.com), a Cincinnati-based non profit organization whose mission is to encourage, promote, and provide opportunities and venues for all arts as vehicles for peace and justice and for a change.

He is the editor and publisher of the yearly ‘For a Better World, Poems and Drawings on Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists’, now in its 21st year. Saad has also written about many of Cincinnati’s Artists as Activists, in several journals and in his book “Greater Cincinnati Artists as Activists.”

For the past several years Saad has mostly used relief printmaking in his art. He has shown his work in many solo and group exhibits both in the United Sates and abroad. His work is in private and public collections, including the Cincinnati and the Miami University Art Museums. In addition to his own work, Saad has been curating art shows locally and internationally for the past 35 years. His focus is on empowering artists and promoting their use of art as a vehicle for a change.

PROCESS, 2024

Here’s an overview of the portfolio process. Please scroll down for links to 2024 details.