M.J. Anderson has received the 2011 Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.
The annual Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency occurs each October, with two invited artists working with printer Julia D'Amario, formerly of Pace Editions (New York) in Sitka's printmaking studio. Support for this residency is provided in part by Jordan Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Julia D'Amario is a professional etching printer who printed at Pace Editions in New York City for 17 years. She first came to Sitka as a resident artist in the spring of 1997. In 2002, a print residency was established to provide artists the opportunity to come to Sitka and collaborate on etching projects with Julia D'Amario. Jordan Schnitzer, one of Portland's most prominent print collectors, generously pledged his support for the project and has been funding it since its inception.
Each fall, two artists are invited for a period of two weeks to work intensively in the print studio with Julia D'Amario. The artists learn how to translate their work into a new medium. At the end of the artists' residency, Julia editions the prints, which are then divided equally between the artist and the Sitka Center. Copies are also given to the Gordon Gilkey Print Center at the Portland Art Museum and Jordan Schnitzer's print collection. Every other year the guest artists' prints are exhibited in January at Prints Arts Northwest in Portland.