Boston University Hosts The Boston Printmakers’ 2007 North American Print Biennial

in Arts, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
February 8th, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu
Contact: Jean Connaughton, 617-353-7293 | jeanconn@bu.edu

Boston – One of the oldest and most prestigious print shows in the country, The 2007 North American Print Biennial, sponsored by The Boston Printmakers and the Boston University School of Visual Arts will be held at the Boston University 808 Gallery February 18 through April 1, 2007. The opening reception will take place Sunday, February 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and is open to the public.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Boston Printmakers, and to celebrate the occasion, the Boston Printmakers will be sponsoring special exhibitions and events throughout 2007. The featured event will be The 2007 North American Print Biennial featuring more than 150 prints selected by juror Judith Hecker, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The wide range of prints, which include intimate black and white pieces, and intricate, multilayered, digital work, reflect the intense exploration and activity of contemporary printmakers who are both affirming and stretching the traditional boundaries of print. Ms. Hecker will give a special lecture on February 18 at l:00 pm in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, followed by the opening reception of the exhibition at the 808 Gallery.

In conjunction with the 2007 Biennial, The Fifth Annual Arches Student Print Show, a juried exhibition of printmaking students from New England colleges, will be on display at the 808 Gallery. Sponsored by the Arches Paper Company and the Boston Printmakers, The Arches Student Show features work by over twenty area college printmaking departments and provides students the opportunity to exhibit with prominent professional printmakers from the United States and Canada.

On view concurrently with the 2007 Print Biennial is Episodes & Itineraries: Installations in Print Media by South American Artists at the Sherman Gallery at Boston University from January 23 through March 9, 2007. Curated by Alicia Candiani, The exhibition introduces a series of site-specific installations in print media by six South American artists in different stages of their careers, hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. From internationally recognized masters to younger, emerging artists, the exhibition explores the connections and oppositions present in the work of these cross-continental artists and offers the viewer new perspectives on South American printmaking. Artists are Maria Bonomi (Brazil), Alicia Candiani (Argentina), Rimer Cardillo (Uruguay), Sebastian Garcia-Huidobro (Chile), Cecilia Mandrile (Argentina), and Ricardo Migliorisi (Paraguay).

Also on view will be a two-part exhibition sponsored by The Boston Printmakers, Boston University, and the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury showcasing some of the most significant work from the past 60 years of exhibitions. Collecting from the Boston Printmakers will be shown at the Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) and focuses on works purchased by individual patrons, some of which have found their way into public collections. Creating Public Collections, to be shown at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, will exhibit prize-winning works from North American Print Exhibitions which were purchased and donated by The Boston Printmakers to various collections over the past 60 years. Selected by David Acton, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, these exhibits will highlight the impact and connection The Boston Printmakers has had with contemporary printmaking since its beginning.

The Boston Printmakers is a nonprofit organization providing Boston and New England patrons 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’s of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts 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 Rick Heinrichs, the production designer whose credits include the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Fargo,” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the University community, the Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location on Commonwealth Avenue since 1958, its exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the 20th century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

IMPORTANT DATES & RELATED EVENTS

The Boston Printmakers 2007 North American Print Biennial
Boston University 808 Gallery
February 18–April 1, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 18, 3:00-5:00pm
Lecture with juror Judith Hecker: Sunday, February 18, 1:00-2:00pm, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium
Guided Tour: Sunday, March 4, 1:00pm with Printmakers Board Member Deborah Cornell
Guided Tour: Sunday, March 11, 1:00pm with Printmakers Board Member Vivian Berman

Arches Student Print Exhibition
Boston University 808 Gallery
February 18–April 1, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 18, 3:00-5:00pm

Episodes & Itineraries: Installations in Print Media by South American Artist
Sherman Gallery at Boston University
January 23–March 9, 2007
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Special Reception: Sunday, February 18, 3:00-5:00pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 23, 1:00-2:00pm

Sixty Years of North American Prints: Collecting from The Boston Printmakers
BUAG at the Stone Gallery
February 9–April 1, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Special Reception: Sunday, February 18, 2:00-4:00pm
Lecture: Carol Wax: Mezzotint in North America Tuesday: February 20, 5:30-7:00pm, CFA Concert Hall
Panel Discussion: Fueling the Future: Education and The Boston Printmakers, Sunday, March 4, 2:00-3:30pm

Sixty Years of North American Prints: Creating Public Collections
Art Complex Museum
February 18–May 6, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 25, 1:30-3:30pm
Public Workshop: What Are Prints? Demystifying Technique, Sunday, April 15, 2:00pm

All exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

VENUE INFORMATION

808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
617-358-0922
www.bu.edu/cfa
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm

Sherman Gallery at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor, Boston
617-358-0295
www.bu.edu/cfa
Tuesday-Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm

Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
617-353-4672
www.bu.edu/art
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm

Sleeper Auditorium at the Boston University College of General Studies
881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Art Complex Museum
189 Alden Street, Duxbury
781-934-6634
www.artcomplex.org
Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm

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