The Boston Printmakers
1947-2017 CELEBRATING SEVENTY YEARS
EXHIBIT DATES: August 5 – September 16, 2017
70th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION and ARTISTS' TALK:
Saturday, September 9, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Please join us for a talk with the artists at 5pm
followed by a reception.
Members of the Boston Printmakers will be in the gallery prior to theater performances on August 14, 18 and 19 to answer questions about printmaking, the exhibition, or their 70 year old organization.
About the Exhibit
This special retrospective exhibit features work from members of The Boston Printmakers, old and new. Come see the caliber, innovation and diversity represented in their membership.
About the Boston Printmakers
The Boston Printmakers was founded in 1947 by a small group of students and faculty at the Boston Museum School and the Massachusetts College of Art. Soon, its membership included artists from across North America and around the world. The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit, all volunteer art organization. Today, its Print Biennial is one of the longest-running and most influential printmaking exhibitions in existence.
The Marking Time celebratory exhibition represents roughly 1/3 of the membership. Over the decades The Boston Printmakers has developed an archive and print collection that is housed at the Boston Public Library. Numerous additional prints collected from the Print Biennials and three international exchange portfolios can be found at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, and Art Complex Museum, Duxbury. The mission of the organization is to:
- Promote public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking
- Encourage and support artists working in printmaking
- Promote excellence in printmaking
- Support innovation within the field of printmaking
Printmaking is unusual among pictorial media for its time-consuming, technically-demanding processes. Its considerable requirements of tools, equipment and materials created a tradition of community and collaboration absent from painting and sculpture. In 1947, these complex issues prompted The Boston Printmakers to organize themselves on broad academic foundations, that unite fellowship with the rules of the print shop. Members have deep responsibilities to combine technical instruction with the generous impulse to share. So long as the camaraderie of workshop and classroom distinguish the graphic arts, the compulsion to reach out to fellow artists across the country and around the world guarantees a future of promise for The Boston Printmakers.
Credit to Dan Lipcan, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and David Acton, author of 60 Years of North American Prints for enclosed excerpts.
Image: The Grave of Santa Ana'a Leg, by Carol Summers
Image courtesy of Davidson Galleries