by Alice Embree
Red River Women’s Press in Austin, Texas, was run by a collective of women printers, designers and artists. Producing leaflets for the vibrant Austin resistance movement in the late 70s, the press was also known for stunning silk screened posters. A gallery of those posters are shown here.
Justicia en el Campo, supporting the Texas Farmworkers, was produced in 1977. The poster was designed by Kandy Littrell and Nancy Simons.
Four posters designed by Carlos Lowry were printed at the press for the Austin Committee for Human Rights in Chile, a solidarity organization that sponsored activities in Austin for more than a decade during the military dictatorship in Chile. These were: The Battle of Chile showing at the Paramount Theatre, September 10, 1977; Inti-Illimani in concert at the Armadillo World Headquarters, April 23, 1978; Quilapayun in concert at the Armadillo World Headquarters, February 22, 1979; and Inti-Illimani in concert at the University of Texas Hogg Auditorium, April 13, 1980, appearing with an opening act by Conjunto Aztlan.
The poster featuring Anita Bryant, was created by the Red River Women’s Press Collective for a Festival of Life, a counter protest to Bryant’s anti-gay message, held at Auditorium Shores, May 7, 1979.
The poster about the Austin Boat Races, Make This Boat Race the Last Boat Race, publicized the demonstrations to defend Austin’s barrio, August 12 and 13, 1978. The illustration shows Brown Beret leader Paul Hernandez being taking into police custody.
A poster about Lolita Lebron featured a poem by JoAnn Mulert. The Oakland Museum of Art has this poster in their collection.