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1999 North American Print Exhibition


The 1999 North American Print Biennial, sponsored by The Boston Printmakers and the Boston University School for the Arts, will be held at the 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Sunday, March 7 through Saturday, April 3, 1999.

In addition to the primary exhibition the first Arches Student Printmaking Exhibition, a juried show of student work from art schools throughout the Greater Boston area, will be on display at the 808 Gallery. The Boston Printmakers has also coordinated focusPrints, a series of exhibitions and events at locations throughout the city of Boston.

The Boston Printmakers represents more than 250 professional artists throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in a variety of print media and utilize both traditional and experimental techniques. From the group's first exhibition in 1948, held at the Paine Furniture store in Park Square, the exhibition quickly grew to become one of the nation's most prestigious venues for exhibiting contemporary prints.

Marilyn Kushner, curator of prints and drawings at the Brooklyn Museum, curated this year's show. More than 800 entries were received, of which 156 were chosen for exhibition. Kushner will present a gallery talk on Thursday, March 18, at 5 p.m. The exhibition opening reception begins at 6 p.m. following her talk.

"Ranging from intimate traditional black and white pieces to gloriously intricate multilayered prints," says Samuel M. Walker, president of The Boston Printmakers, "this year's exhibition reflects an intense period of exploration and activity by an expanding community of artists who are stretching the traditional boundaries of printmaking."

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. For information call 617/358-0200.

FocusPRINT has been coordinated by The Boston Printmakers, Sam Walker, Sid Hurwitz, Vivian Berman, Marjorie Javan, Cynthia Nartonis, and the Boston University School for the Arts, Deborah Cornell, chair of printmaking.

From top to bottom: J. Gosser, Jocasta, 1998, oil on paper, 15 x 20 inches; Elise Nicol, Piglet, 1997, woodcut and photoetching, 17 5/8 x 23 3/4 inches.

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This page was originally published in 1999 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information.

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