Partnership Profile — Locks Gallery

A Compelling Piece of Art for a Compelling Exhibition

As the 2019 Holiday season fell upon us, Kim Inglot, Creative Director for Locks Gallery decided she wanted something special to showcase the artwork in an upcoming exhibition. The vision was an accordion book that displayed works of art for visitors to use when attending the event. While the idea was for the November/ December exhibition, this particular show was added only a month prior. “The Gallery added a works on paper group show to the exhibition schedule in October, so a piece needed to be produced fairly quickly in time for its November opening,” explained Inglot.

With a tight timeframe and a complex project, everyone went to work. The Gallery had created a similar piece years before, so luckily there was an example to reference as they designed the curated piece. Once it was finalized, Inglot worked with her Brenneman Representative, Kevin Tschudy to bring the design to life. “The turnaround time was quick, not to mention, the printed piece needed to be a perfect backdrop to display the artwork with the folds and cover precisely right,” said Tschudy.

The project was delivered on time and well-received. Brenneman created two versions of the book. The first version was produced with a hard cover to hand-deliver to specific Gallery clients and the second, was printed with a soft cover to be used in the Gallery by visitors as they explored the works of art on display. As Inglot described, people do not usually ask to keep these support pieces, however the accordion book was a different story. “While the accordion book was printed for people to take with them, it was seen as a special piece and visitors were unsure if they should keep it. In the past year, no other mailer or takeaway has been as well received,” commented Inglot.

The Locks Gallery accordion book continued to collect accolades long after the exhibition closed. Earlier this year, Brenneman submitted the project to the Neographics 2020 where it earned two awards. Accordion Book with Mounted Cover won the Franklin Award for Excellence for Broadsides (4 Colors or More) and Best of Category for Finishing (Other Special Finishing Techniques).

Neographics is one of the nation’s largest regional graphic communications contests in which graphic arts, packaging, converting, design and publishing excellence are selected and showcased. The Graphic Arts Association, GAA, has been hosting the print competition and awards banquet for over 50 years in the Tri-State region.