Fresh Impressions: Contemporary Wisconsin Printmakers
April 17–July 16, 2014
Christine Style, Benevolent Heart II, Hand-colored woodcut
Printmaking in Wisconsin continues to attract radicals, revolutionaries and risk takers because it is accepted practice here. Artists are dedicated not only to creation, but also feel comfortable pushing the boundaries with new techniques and processes; different methods and styles allow for experimentation and exploration because printmaking is a malleable medium despite being perceived by some as only mechanical. Whether etching a plate or cutting a block, a printmaker must wholeheartedly embrace the process because it is such an integral part of the whole. For example, Nancy McGee, utilizes a 21st-century technique that combines photography and digital printing on metal, while Rachel Durfee experiments with wood-block printing techniques that also combine elements of poetry and geometry. Fresh Impressions features many of the best printmakers in Wisconsin and is a testament to the creative possibilities of the medium.
Ann Fischer Athas
Cathy Jean Clark
Jayne Reid Jackson
Bonnie de Arteaga
Nancy Mc Gee
Following World War II, Wisconsin established a national reputation for quality and innovative printmaking. 60 years later, this legacy is still going strong. The University of Wisconsin system nurtured the early art revolutionaries during the post-war boom and UW-Madison emerged as the epicenter of theoretical and experimental printmaking. From this mid-century flourishing emerged some remarkable visionaries like Raymond Gloeckler and Arthur Thrall. Both of these world-renowned artists, and others such as Dean Meeker and Warrington Colescott, became teachers and shaped generations of young printmakers from the head of the classroom. Many of the artists included in this show have been, or are still, teaching in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton and elsewhere.