Boston University Hosts the Boston Printmakers’ 2005 North American Print Biennial

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(Boston) — One of the oldest and most prestigious print shows in the country, the 2005 North American Print Biennial, sponsored by The Boston Printmakers and Boston University School of Visual Arts, will be held at the Boston University 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, from February 13 through March 27, 2005. The public opening reception is on Sunday, February 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Boston Printmakers 2005 Biennial features more than 200 prints selected by juror Joann Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. The wide range of prints, from intimate black and white pieces to intricate, multilayered, digital, and other experimental work, reflects the intense exploration and activity of contemporary printmakers who are both affirming and stretching the traditional boundaries of the print. The 2005 Biennial includes new talent, as well as nationally known artists such as Ann Chernow, Warrington Colescott, Frances Myers, Frederick Mershimer, Martin Levine, Karen Kunc, Carol Wax, Robert Kipniss, Gloria Garfinkel, and Carol Summers.

In conjunction with the 2005 Biennial, The Fourth Annual Arches Student Print Show, a juried exhibition of printmaking students from New England colleges, will be on display at the 808 Gallery. The Arches Paper Company and the Boston Printmakers jointly sponsor the exhibition. The Arches Student Show features work by twenty-one college printmaking departments. It showcases the next generation of printmakers and provides an opportunity for them to exhibit with prominent professional printmakers from the United States and Canada.

Juror Joann Moser will give a talk on digital prints before the opening reception on February 13th at l:00 p.m. in Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium at 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. The talk, the exhibition, and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

The Boston Printmakers is a nonprofit organization providing Boston and New England access to fine art printmaking since 1948. The Boston Printmakers’ extensive print collection is available to the public through the Boston Public Library. The organization adds to this collection every two years with a Purchase Prize awarded to artists through the Print Biennial. In addition to the Print Biennial and the Arches Student Show, The Boston Printmakers sponsors traveling shows and member shows – which always debut in the Boston area, providing further cultural and learning opportunities to Boston and Greater New England – as well as promotes global sharing through international printmaking and traveling exhibitions.

The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or art education. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Ira Yoffe, vice president/creative director of PARADE Magazine; and Richard Heinrichs, sculptor and set designer whose credits include “Fargo” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.


Sunday, February 13th, 1:00-2:00pm at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

Sunday, February 13, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the 808 Gallery

Sunday, March 6, 2:15-3:00pm
Guided tour of the Boston Printmaker exhibition. Meet at Boston University 808 Gallery. Reception to follow in Boston University’s Sherman Gallery (775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor).

808 Gallery at Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
TEL 617-358-0922

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm
Admission is free and open to the public.

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