Last Best Print Fest 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
As part of the upcoming “Last Best Print Fest” the ZACC Printshop is hosting it’s eighth annual portfolio exchange. All printmakers are invited to submit an edition of 12 prints based on the theme "Lost and Found". Of the edition of twelve, ten of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process. One print will be displayed in the ZACC Community Art Gallery, April 13th through May 4th, as part of LBPF exhibition/silent auction (a fundraiser for the ZACC Printshop). The last will be retained as part of a complete set for the ZACC Printshop Archive. 
For this exchange we invite you to interpret the Theme "Lost and Found" as narrowly or broadly as you want and submit your strongest and most compelling print. 
The exchange is open to all printmakers. Editions should consist of twelve impressions numbered 1/12 to 12/12, using any archival material. If you cannot make it to the ZACC to pick up your portfolio in person, include a self addressed stamped envelope, big enough for ten 11 x 14 inch prints.
Paper size: 11” x 14” - prints can be full bleed
Edition size: 12; numbered 1/12 to 12/12 (no proofs or editions larger than 12)
Media: All forms of printmaking are accepted.
Labeling: In pencil, clearly print artist’s name, title, and media on the back of each print.
Prints must be the original artwork of the submitting artist, and must be dry at the time of submission. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.
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Due Date:
Portfolios will be due by April 6th  2018. They can be submitted to The Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 North 1st. Missoula, MT. 59801.

Collated portfolios can be picked up on Friday April 13th during our,  2nd Friday, Art Opening. Portfolios will be held at the ZACC for 1 month. All work that is not picked up in 1 month will be donated to the ZACC Print Shop. Need your portfolio shipped? Include a self address stamped envelope big enough for ten 11 x 14 in prints. We will send them out on Monday April 16th 

LBPF Portfolio Exchange and Print Tour Featured Artist: James Todd

How to play James Todd BINGO, "Last Best Print Fest" style

1. Print out your BINGO card at home. DOWNLOAD YOUR BINGO CARD HERE. 

2. Get your BINGO card stamped by visiting all 9 exhibits between April 6th and May 3rd

3. Bring your fully stamped BINGO card to the "Closing Event" at Radius Gallery May 3rd to be entered into a drawing to win an original, hand pulled, James Todd Print!


Participating Businesses

Le Petit Outre, Noteworthy Paper & Press, Clyde Coffee, Radius Gallery, Betty's Devine, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Matrix Press, ZACC and Fact and Fiction.

Schedule of Events

1st Friday April 6th: Sneak Peek of Progressive Tour at Le Petit Outre and Noteworthy Paper and Press 

2nd Friday April 13th - Lost and Found Portfolio Exchange, Silent Auction and Progressive Tour Opening at the ZACC


3:45  John Thompson: Multi Colored Print

5:00 Lost and Found Portfolio silent auction in ZACC Gallery 

5:30 Bev Glueckert / Gauguin-style, monoprint/transfer

6:30 Artist Talk W/ James Todd

7:00 Faith Elliot / Copper Plate Etching 

8:00 Open Open Mic

Wed April 18th - Live BYOT Screen Printing Event W/ IWFF @ Clyde Coffee

Thursday May 3rd - James Todd BINGO / Print Tour Closing Event - Meet James Todd @ Radius Gallery





For more information contact Patricia Thornton at

This event is free and open to the public. 

Please join us in welcoming next year's printmakers to the gallery during the grand opening April 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the show the artworks will be on display in the Main Gallery for the month of April. Please stop by during our open hours, 11am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.


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Community Event Instructor: 
Patricia Thornton