WOOSTER, Ohio — Students in Diana Presciutti’s History of Prints Class will present “Lasting Impressions: Print Technique and Process” April 15 through May 11 in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery of The College of Wooster Art Museum (1200 Beall Ave.). The exhibition, which features more than 40 prints from the CWAM’s permanent collection, showcases not only the research skills of the 15 students in the class, but also the richness of the prints in the collection.
“This is a wonderful experiential learning opportunity for the students, most of whom are studio art and art history majors,” said Presciutti. “We have been looking at the history of prints and the print-making process in class, and this exercise has given them an idea about how to put together an exhibition.”
The students chose the objects, researched their history, and wrote object labels. They will also speak at the opening reception. “Our focus has been on a range of printing technologies between the Renaissance and the present day, including engraving, etching, woodcut, wood engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, lithography, and silkscreen,” said Presciutti. “This exhibition considers what the firsthand examination of prints can tell us about the techniques used in their making. By comparing multiple states of a single print, for example, we can reconstruct the various steps of the artistic process. Similarly, viewing an etched plate or an engraved block side-by-side with the finished prints can help us to better understand the two halves of the printing process: the manipulation of the printing matrix and the transfer of the design onto paper or other support.”
The show features an extraordinary range of cultural contexts in which prints circulate and the wide variety of functions they serve, according to Presciutti. Included in the show are works by Albrecht Dürer and Andy Warhol, who innovated existing printing technologies in the service of their personal artistic ambitions, as well as Wenzel von Prachna Hollar and Richard E. Bishop, lesser-known artists who used the intaglio techniques of etching and drypoint to record the appearance of insects and birds.
“The students have done a wonderful job,” said Presciutti. “Their labels are excellent, and it is clear that they are very committed, interested, and excited about this hands-on experience.”
The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2388) or online (wooster.edu/cwam).
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