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Lasting Impressions


April 15 - May 11, 2014

Lasting Impressions: Print Technique and Process

Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Press Release
Process and Installation Images

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Gallery talks at 7:00 p.m. by: Mattie Canon '14; Robin Klaus '16; Maggie Frick '14; Joyce Lee '16; Jenn Caventer '15; Rebecca Roper '14; and Elora Agsten '15

This student-curated, course-integrated exhibition takes as its subject the role of process in the creation of prints. The exhibition focuses on a range of printing technologies in use between the Renaissance and the present day, including engraving, etching, woodcut, wood engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, lithography, and silkscreen.

On display in this show is the extraordinary range of cultural contexts in which prints circulate and the wide variety of functions they could serve. Artists like Albrecht Dürer and Andy Warhol, for example, innovated existing printing technologies in the service of their personal artistic ambitions. Lesser known practitioners, such as Wenzel von Prachna Hollar and Richard E. Bishop, used the intaglio techniques of etching and drypoint to record the appearance of insects and birds. Prints could also be used as advertisements, as is the case with Fédéric-Auguste Cazals's color lithograph promoting the 7me Exposition du Salon Des 100.

This exhibition considers what the firsthand examination of prints can tell us about he techniques used in their making. By comparing multiple states of a single print, for example, we can reconstruct the various steps of the artistic process. Similarly, viewing an etched plate or an engraved block side-by-side with the finished prints can help us to better understand the two halves of the printing process: the manipulation of the printing matrix and the transfer of the design onto paper or other support.

Diana Presciutti
Assistant Professor of Art History
The College of Wooster

Lasting Impressions was curated by
the Spring 2014 History of Prints class:

Elora Agsten '15
Tilly Alexander '16
Anthony Black '15
Mattie Cannon '14
Jenn Caventer '15
Margaret Frick '14
Peregrine Grosch '14
Melissa Hackett '15
Robin Klaus '16
Joyce Lee '16
Chloe McFadyen '15
Sarah Michels '14
Rebecca Roper '14
Natalie Shreeve '16
Katherine Stephens '16