Frances Myers (1936 - 2014)

Birth date: 4/16/1936 Death date: 12/17/2014  
Birth location: Racine, Wisconsin Death location: Madison, Wisconsin  
Media: Digital Print , Graphic Art , Printmaking , Sculpture , Visual Arts Web site:
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Biographical Brief

1965-Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison                                                                      1963-Master of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison                                                                  
1962-Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Work Experience:

1988-2013-Professor, Department of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison



2006-"Ideas, Dialogue, Conscience: Current Work by UW-Madison Print Faculty", James Watrous Gallery, WI Academy of Sciences, Art & Letter

1983-Exhibition 62, WP&S 62nd Annual Exhibition of Art, UW-Milwaukee, WI and Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin


Frances Myers
Born 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin
Died 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin


Growing up in Racine, Frances Myers came to admire architecture, particularly the innovative Johnson Wax building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Years later when she was commissioned to create an image of the building, she willingly accepted the opportunity to pursue a project aligned with her own interests. From that beginning, more prints of buildings designed by the master architect followed, and today, the resulting folio of etchings are among Myers best known works.

Preferring the aquatint etching process, Myers executes non-linear forms and tonal gradations of light and dark while integrating shadows with the images. She has stated, “I don’t want to invent a building, I want to bring new life to a building.”  Following meticulous preparation involving a series of photographs and sketches, she creates the copper plates that are inked and printed in stages to achieve the final result. During a long career, her work incorporated a wide variety of printmaking techniques, including relief, photo-etching, and mixed media processes.

After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, Ms. Myers transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she was a student of the well-known printmaker, Alfred Sessler.  After earning an MA, then an MFA in 1965 from UW, she went to England the following year to lecture in printmaking at the College of Art and Design in Birmingham and St. Martin’s School of Art in London. She taught printmaking at the University of California- Berkeley, Mills College in California and, since 1975, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she advanced to the position of Chair of the Graphics Department.

Her work is represented in numerous national and international museum collections. She participated in prestigious print exhibitions, received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and was a fellow of the National Academy of Design in New York. She lived with her husband, printmaker Warrington Colescott, in Hollandale, Wisconsin.

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