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"A group of fellow grad students and I were each handed Meaning Maker pamphlets while leaving an exhibition of tired old hacks (oops, I mean "professionals") in the incestuous print world, who have apparently been repeating the same themes in their work for at least ten years now. Perhaps we were spotted as a disenchanted lot, who wish to resist this bleak and burned-out fate to someday become our own. Enter Meaning Maker-- the highlight of the whole freakin' SGC conference!"

"Meaning Maker blows all recent art I’ve experienced out of the water. Art in brochure form?, what a hoot you folks are. It’s like a judgment test. We’ve never applied ourselves to an artwork so in-depthly. Thanks for helping reveal things we didn’t previously contemplate."

"I am so excited to have a signed edition of Meaning Maker from the Southern Graphics Print Conference! I love the tacky blue pamphlet of this contemporary print project AND the smart assessment of the conference experience it critiques. Thank You Meaning Maker!"

Exhibition Photos

Corporate Art Expo '07 at The Lab, San Francisco, March 30 - April 28, 2007.

Press Releases

June 2016

Meaning Maker in Berlin!

Meaning Maker at Berlin Institute of Contemporary Art, Germany.

Meaning Maker at the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin Germany.

June 2016

Meaning Maker at the Pompidou

Meaning Maker at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

June 2016

Meaning Maker at The Tate Modern Switch House

Meaning Maker celebrates the opening of the Tate Modern Switch House, June 2016. London, United Kingdom.

June 2015

Meaning Maker at Art Ark

Meaning Maker Relationship to Nature edition was exhibited/distributed at Elemental, a mixed media exhibition at Art Ark Gallery in San Jose, California.

February 2015

Meaning Maker Launches Food Edition

Meaning Maker announces the hungrily awaited Food edition.

Created especially for Mooncakes, Churros, and Cherry Pie at the Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, California, Meaning Maker's Food edition is sure to wet your appetite and delight your taste buds.

The exhibition runs February 2 - March 19, with a reception on Febraury 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

December 2014

Meaning Maker at L.A.S.E.R.

Meaning Maker was presented at the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous at U.C. Davis on December 4. The program was curated by Anna Davidson.

Audience members walked away with Art Viewing Experience, Control, Periodic Personal Evaluation, and Relationship to Nature editions.

July 2013

Meaning Maker launches Control Edition at Character Profile

Meaning Maker launches a new edition: Control at the exhibition, Character Profile. Character Profile was conceived and curated by Jon Fischer for Root Division, San Francsico.

Root Division is located at 3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness) in San Francisco.
The exhibition runs: July 10 - 27, 2013, with a reception on Saturday, July 13, 7 - 10pm.

November 2012

Meaning Maker at Zion National Park

Photographer and outdoorsman David Beres sent us this photo of Meaning Maker Relationship to Nature Edition being engaged by a hiker at Zion National Park in Utah this fall.

October 2012

Meaning Maker at the Annual Book Arts Jam in Palo Alto

Meaning Maker U.S. Presidential Elections Edition was distributed at the Bay Area Book Artists' annual Book Arts Jam.

The Jam was held at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto, California.

September 2012

Meaning Maker launches U.S. Presidential Elections Edition

Meaning Maker patriotically announces U.S. Presidential Elections Edition just in time for the 2012 presidential election season.

Make the most of your democratic American citizenship and download Meaning Maker today.

June 2012

Meaning Maker discussed in Scholarly Text

Meaning Maker is discussed in the introduction of Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art by Carolyn Guertin. The book was published by Continuum earlier this year.

May 2012

Meaning Maker at Open Engagement

Meaning Maker was distributed this month at the annual Open Engagement Conference of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

January 2012

Meaning Maker at the College Book Art Association Annual Conference

Meaning Maker made a strong appearance at the College Book Art Association Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area the first week of 2012, when they were distributed freely at the Member's Showcase.

The conference was hosted by Mills College in Oakland, California; and was organized by Julie Chen and Macy Chadwick.

October 2011

Meaning Maker blogged in Jackalope Ranch

A Phoenix Arizona cultural blogger, Clair Lawton, shares excitement about Meaning Maker in Jackalope Ranch. Claire came across Meaning Maker at the A.E England Gallery in downtown Phoenix where it was being distributed by The Join + Cast Guide to Contemporary Art publishers Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins.

July 2011

Meaning Maker included in The Join + Cast Guide to Contemporary Art

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience edition is included in The Join + Cast Guide to Contemporary Art published for the art audience in Phoenix, Arizona.

January 2011

Meaning Maker Higher Education Edition

Meaning Maker launches Higher Education Edition. Meaning Maker Higher Education Edition provides you with an invaluable index of the pluses and minuses of your academic experiences. Download and start using Meaning Maker today!

August 2010

Meaning Maker at The Roy C. Moore Art Gallery

Meaning Maker Periodic Personal Evaluation edition is included in the exhibition Identity, August 19 to September 16, at the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery on the Gainesville State College campus in Oakwood, Georgia.

July 2010

Meaning Maker in New York and Boston

Several Meaning Maker editions made appearances at East Coast cultural and historical institutions including: PS1 MOMA, MOMA, The Chelsea Art Museum, The New Museum, The Boston ICA, The Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

May 2010

Meaning Maker at The Schneider Museum of Art

Meaning Maker American Citizenship Edition is included in the exhibition The Mythical State of Jefferson, May 6 to June 12 at the Schneider Museum of Art. The Museum is on the Southern Oregon University Campus in Ashland, Oregon. The exhibition addresses a 1941 movement to create a new state, out of parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon, for the purpose of copper mining .

April 2010

American Citizenship Edition made avaliable at the Independence Visitors' Center in Philadelphia

Meaning Maker American Citizenship Edition was inserted into all of The Great American Citizenship Quiz books in the gift shop of the Independence Visitors' Center in Philadelphia. This amazing information center is run by the National Parks Service. This public service action is also known as shopdropping.

March 2010

New Edition Launched at Southern Graphics Council Conference

Meaning Maker Higher Education Edition will be launched at the annual Southern Graphics Council Conference in Philadelphia, March 23 - 27.

January 2010

Meaning Maker in FLAT Journal

Meaning Maker Periodic Personal Evaluation Edition is in included in the first edition of this edgy publication out of Chicago. FLAT is founded by Karol Shewmaker.

November 2009

Meaning Maker in None of the Above!

Family Gathering Edition is included in the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts democratic assemblage project None of the Above. More at: Minnesota Center for the Book Arts.

October 2009

Meaning Maker in Visual Communication Quarterly

Meaning Maker Academic Conference Edition is published in Visual Communication Quarterly. This special edition of Visual Communication Quarterly is focused on Analog Interactivity and is guest edited by xtine. Volume 16, Number 3, July - September 2009.

August 2009

Meaning Maker in Printeresting Blog

Printeresting blogger Jason Urban gave some nice attention to Meaning Maker this month. Check it out: Printeresting . This is a fun, informative and well-written blog on a variety of contemporary print-based projects.

June 2009

Meaning Maker at Computers and Writing Conference

Meaning Maker made a brief appearance at Computers and Writing 2009 at the University of California at Davis. Meaning Makers were distributed during the Digital Art and Narratives exhibition reception.

June 2009

Meaning Maker exhibits in Polyglot!

Meaning Maker American Citizenship edition and Periodic Personal Evaluation edition exhibit in Polyglot: Expressive Media in Book Arts at Gualala Arts Center in Gualala, California. The exhibition runs Jun 13 through July 5, with the reception on Saturday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Polyglot was curated by Penny Nii and Susan Friedland.

March 2009

Meaning Maker at Southern Graphics Council in Chicago!

Meaning Maker revisits the amazing Southern Graphics Council conference. This year held in Chicago and hosted by Columbia College. March 25 - 29.

October 2008

American Citizenship Edition in Two Election Season Exhibitions!

Meaning Maker American Citizenship edition exhibits in Art & Politics '08 at The Showroom Gallery in Spartanburg, South Carolina October 14 - November 14; and in The Art of Democracy at Booksmart Studio Gallery in Rochester, New York, November 4 - 29.

The Art of Democracy is a national coalition of political art exhibitions all taking place in the Fall of 2008 on the dire state of the American Political Scene.

August 2008

Meaning Maker at Burning Man!

Meaning Maker American Citizenship edition was delivered to mailboxes in Black Rock City during the last week of August. Black Rock City is the township of the annual Burning Man festival. The theme was American Dream. Close to 50,000 people attended this year's experiment in alternative community.

July 2008

Meaning Maker exhibits in Vashon, Washington

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience edition exhibits alongside Wessel: Works On Paper, And Sometimes Doesn't at Up Against the Two Wall Gallery on Vashon Island in Washington state. The primary exhibition is an eight year retrospective of the works of Greg Wessel.

June 2008

Meaning Maker at Electronic Literature 2008 conference

Meaning Maker Academic Conference, Art Viewing Experience and American Citizenship editions were presented at Visionary Landscapes, the Electronic Literature 2008 Conference at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington May 27 - June 1, 2008.

May 2008

Meaning Maker intervenes at Social Practice conference

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience and American Citizenship editions provided a meaningful intervention to conference goers at Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice Conference May 15 - 17 at UC Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California.

March 2008

Meaning Maker exhibits in California and Georgia

Meaning Maker is included in two university exhibitions this spring. Meaning Matters: Projects from PreNeo Press is at the Humanities Center Gallery at California State University, Chico. Exhibition dates are March 4 - April 24.

Inscribing Meaning: The Context of Text in Visual Art is an exhibition curated by Shannon Morris of The Georgia College and State University Museum in Milledgeville, Georgia. Inscribing Meaning includes the work of five artists and runs March 13 - May 1.

December 2007

Meaning Maker gets press in Artweek via Moving Cultures exhibit

Meaning Maker is discussed in a review of the Euphrat Museum exhibition Moving Cultures ( . . . all over the map) by Debra Koppman in the December issue of Artweek. The exhibition is extended to January 17, 2008.

November 2007

Meaning Maker gets press in La Voz

Meaning Maker creators Kent Manske and Nanette Wylde are quoted in La Voz in a review of Moving Cultures titled Exhibit pushes limits: Cultural boundaries confronted in latest exhibit at Euphrat by Sonia Easaw. Read the article.

October 2007

Meaning Maker in Moving Cultures at The Euphrat Museum

Moving Cultures is an exhibition of art related to moving cultures, whether from one location to another, changing/shifting over time, or changing interpretations. Content ranges from railroad culture in Texas to contemporary views of artworld culture, activist culture, and "American" culture. Artworks range from landscapes and poetry to interventions, actions, satire, and cultural Meaning Makers.

Artists include: Michael Arcega, Vic De La Rosa, Kent Manske and Nanette Wylde, Eugene Rodriguez, Marta Sanchez with Norma Cantú, Christine Wong Yap

October 2 - November 21, 2007
Reception with poet Norma Cantú October 1, 4-5pm, with artists 5-6pm.

Euphrat Museum website

July 2007

Meaning Maker featured on KQED's Gallery Crawl

Meaning Maker co-creator and spokesperson, Kent Manske, discusses Meaning Maker at WORKS/San José for KQED's monthly Gallery Crawl program. View the video.

July 2007

Meaning Maker in The Netherlands

Meaning Maker's Academic Conference edition makes an appearance at Remediating Literature Conference at Utrecht University. Art Viewing Experience edition sneaks into the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

June 2007

Meaning Maker takes a prize at Homecoming WORKS San José

Meaning Maker's American Citizenship edition received a Juror's Choice Award at WORKS/San José's annual member exhibition. Of the 170 artworks on exhibit, eight received awards. Jurors were Karen Kienzle of The de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, and Jan Rindfleish of The Euphrat Museum in Cupertino.

May 2007

Meaning Maker in Crossroads at Rhonda Schaller Studio, Chelsea

Meaning Maker's Art Viewing Experience Gallery Kiosk is included in Crossroads, an exhibition at Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York City.

Rhonda Schaller Studio
547 West 27th Street, Suite 529, New York
Exhibition Dates: May 31 - June 23, 2007
Reception: Thursday June 7th 6pm - 8pm
Hours: Thursday - Saturday 12 -5 pm and by appointment

May 1, 2007- New York, NY. Rhonda Schaller Studio is proud to present Crossroads, from May 31 through June 23, 2007. Opening reception June 7th, 6 - 8 pm. A group exhibition of 27 artists, working in an array of materials from traditional watercolors to computer generated graphics, from human hair to found paper. The selected artists travel through a soulful array of artistic directions, each one an authentic voice within the collective crossroads of contemporary art.

Selected from the gallery’s inventory of Art Link Network artists, each artist has contributed a work that illuminates life’s rugged terrain with purpose, articulating boundaries encountered in themselves or in the world around them - in shape, color or materials, one or all of which is at the heart of their subject matter. We see in each art work an illustration of the intrinsic connectedness each artist has to the poetry of the familiar, a revelation of home found in self-questioning, whose intent only a modern look at society and self could reveal.

Participating artists are Monique Ford, Mare Vaccaro, Elena Fajt, Vlatko Ceric, Daniela I. Ovtcharov, Desi Minchillo, Helen R. Klebesadel, Cynthia Eardley, Randee Silv, Clare Murray Adams, Laurie Joan Aron, Kari-Mette Astrup, Ellie Brown, Sandra de Nijs, Johanna Gillman, Carrie Hoelzer, Jacqueline Jrolf, Elizabeth Leader, Julian Lesser, Mary Kay Neumann, Susan Sanborn North, Jeremias Paul, Sherry Shine, Millee Tibbs, Sheryl Westergreen, Olivia Carol Williams, and Nanette Wylde.

April 2007

Meaning Maker gets press via Corporate Art Expo '07

Meaning Maker gains attention in an array of West Coast Press:
• Review of Corporate Art Expo '07 by Aimee Le Duc for Artweek June 2007
Review of Corporate Art Expo '07 by Stephanie Ellis for Stretcher
The Art Don't April 14, 2007 sketches of artists' talks

March 2007

Meaning Maker launches three new editions at Corporate Art Expo '07

PreNeo Press will launch three new Meaning Maker editions on March 30 at the opening of Corporate Art Expo '07 in San Francisco, California. The new editions are: American Citizenship Edition, Periodic Personal Evaluation Edition, and Relationship to Nature Edition. These are added to Meaning Maker's 2006 stable: Academic Conference Edition, Art Viewing Experience Edition, and Family Gathering Edition.

Limited-edition Meaning Maker aprons and tool kits will be given away at the reception.

Exhibition Dates: March 30 - April 28, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 PM
Panel Discussion: Saturday, April 14, 4-6 PM

The LAB is located at 2948 16th Street (at Capp) in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District.
p: 415.864.8855

Corporate Art Expo '07
Shane Montgomery, curator

Featuring the Anti-Advertising Agency, Acclair, C5 Corporation, Davis & Davis Research, Meaning Maker, Death and Taxes, Inc., Old Glory Condom Co., PP Valise, SubRosa, Slop Art, TDirt, Tectonic Corporation, and We Are War

Curator's Statement:
Over the last few years, a new group of artists have emerged that package themselves as corporate entities. They develop a company name, a branding scheme, and utilize the language of advertising and marketing. These individual artists and collectives create art objects, marketing materials, and performative event-based pieces that can exist in a gallery setting as well as in the public s phere. Much of this work centers around issues of capitalism and consumerism. By putting this work within the context of fictional products or alternative services, we are able to engage in a more enhanced conversation around topics ranging from globalization, immigration reform, and health care in a way that is whimsical and visually inspiring.

March 2007

Meaning Maker at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Kansas City

Meaning Maker's Art Viewing Experience Edition and Academic Conference Edition will be included in the registration packets at the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 21 - 25. Twelve hundred artists are expected to attend this dynamic annual convergence of printmakers. The conference is being hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute. Meaning Maker's first public distribution was at the 2006 Southern Graphics Council Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

February 2007

Meaning Maker at the annual College Art Association Conference in New York City

Meaning Maker Academic Conference Edition is distributed at the College Art Association's annual conference in New York City. Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience Edition is available at a variety of Chelsea galleries.

January 2007

Meaning Maker Gets First International Venue

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience Edition Gallery kiosk is installed at HTTP Gallery in London.

August 2006

Meaning MakerAcademic Conference Edition launches at ISEA 2006

PreNeo Press launches version 1 of Academic Conference Edition at the 13th International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2006). Meaning Makers will be distributed to conference attendees with their conference materials. The International Symposium of Electronic Art is expected to bring thousands of artists, curators, theorists, educators, and other brainy types to San José from around the world.

August 2006

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience in galleries at Global Festival of Art on the Edge

PreNeo Press' Art Viewing Experience Edition is situated in several galleries in San José California for ZeroOne San José Global Festival of Art on the Edge. Galleries with Meaning Maker kiosks include Anno Domini, The Institute of Contemporary Art and WORKS/San José.

July 2006

Meaning Maker Art Viewing Experience and Family Gathering Edition released at Krause Center for Innovation exhibition

Launch: Projects by PreNeo Press opens July 26 at the Krause Center for Innovation Art Gallery in Los Altos Hills, California. PreNeo's Meaning Maker launches two new editions at this venue: Art Viewing Experience and Family Gathering.

April 2006

Meaning Maker Academic Conference Edition beta test at Southern Graphics Conference

PreNeo Press goes guerilla with the beta version of Meaning Maker Academic Conference Edition. Meaning Makers will be distributed via hand to printmakers attending the Southern Graphics Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, April 5 - 9.