1999 North American Print Biennial

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
March 9th, 1999

Contact: Joan Schwartz, | joans@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — The 1999 North American Print Biennial, the largest North American print exhibition and the only continuous national juried print show in New England, will be held at the 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Sunday, March 7 through Saturday, April 3. The exhibition is sponsored by The Boston Printmakers and the Boston University School for the Arts.

In addition to the primary exhibition the first Arches Student Printmaking Exhibition, a juried show of student work from art schools throughout New England, will be on display at the 808 Gallery. The Boston Printmakers has also coordinated Focus Prints, a series of exhibitions and events at locations throughout the city of Boston. A complete schedule of events is attached.

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 Arches Student Printmaking Competition includes work from colleges throughout New England, including: Massachusetts College of Art, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston University, Harvard Univerity, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Rhode Island School of Design, Wellesley College, Montserrat College of Art, Holy Cross College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Boston, Hartford Art School, Plymouth State College, University of New Hampshire, Emmanuel College, and Maine College of Art.

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.

What: 1999 North American Print Exhibition sponsored by The Boston
Printmakers and the Boston University School for the Arts and Arches
Student Printmaking Competition

Where: 808 Gallery, Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

When: Sunday, March 7 – Saturday, April 3

Gallery Talk: The 1999 North American

Print Biennial: A Curatorial Perspective Marilyn Kushner,
curator of prints and drawings, The Brooklyn Museum

Thursday, March 18, 5 p.m.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 18, 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

For Information: 617/358-0505

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