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E. "Oscar" Maynard

E. “Oscar” Maynard has a self-designed B.A. in Visual Art, Psychology, and Gender Studies from Antioch College.  They have an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Printmaking.  Their work has been shown at Somarts, Mission Cultural Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and in National Queer Arts Festival shows. In 2016, they curated You Are Enough, a visual arts show looking at mental health and survival through a queer lens.  They were a fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the cohort responding to the question: "Why Citizenship?" Other residencies & fellowships include: Blue Mountain Center, the Equal Justice residency at Santa Fe Art Institute, Kala Art Institute, and A Studio in the Woods. 

Tender-Heart Press was founded in 2017 in Oakland, CA . Oscar makes letterpress posters rooted in heart wisdom, collective healing, and liberatory spellwork. They welcome custom jobs as well. Since 2017 their work has been printed in various print shops across the country including Berkeley, Santa Fe, Silver City, Detroit, Houston & Atlanta. In 2020, they bought a Vandercook SP-20, which began its life as a proof press for a Newspaper in Wisconsin. Oscar loves the smell ink, the rhythm of the press, and the slow process of laying type by hand.


In their spare time they nerd out about gender, feed wild animals, make paper-cuts, print letterpress posters, and carve gourd luminaries. They credit and thank Amos P. Kennedy with inspiring their love affair with Letterpress. 

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