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Contemporary African American Printmakers

Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

Aquatint etching by Radcliffe Bailey (2003)

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Arts Center Gallery
Nazareth College Arts Center

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Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; the Gallery will be closed November 22-23; Automated info line: 585-389-5073 or email

Deborah Ronnen Fine Art is pleased to present Contemporary African American Printmakers, at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery. The exhibition, which runs from November 9 - December 21, 2012, will focus on 13 living and renowned African American artists who make printmaking a regular part of their practice. There will be an opening reception on November 9 from 5-10 p.m. For media inquiries, please contact Mare Millow, Marketing & Publicity Manager, or (585) 389-2093.

Contemporary African American Printmakers includes such celebrated names as Kara Walker and Martin Puryear, as well as younger artists who have distinguished themselves as promising forces in the contemporary art world, such as Mickalene Thomas, whose solo exhibition opened at the Brooklyn Museum to great acclaim last month. Two of the participating artists are recipients of the acclaimed MacArthur Foundation (“genius”) award, a program providing unrestricted fellowships to individuals showing extraordinary creativity and dedication in their creative pursuits. Several artists are also highlighted by Art21, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating audiences on leading contemporary visual artists through books, Internet resources, public programs and its Peabody Award-winning PBS series, Art21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century.

The exhibition will include more than 30 works in a wide variety of print techniques including etching, lithography, wood block, screen print, gravure, and chine collé. The selection of work will stand as a visually stimulating panorama, and will provide an important and engaging educational tool. Along with the artwork, monitors will loop video and audio content, containing excerpts from Art21 that feature participating artists discussing their work, as well as educational descriptions of printmaking processes.

Contemporary African American Printmakers coincides with the Rochester premiere of Garth Fagan’s new work, Lighthouse/Lightning Rod, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Alison Saar, the set designer for the new Fagan work, will be represented by four prints.

"Visitors to Contemporary African American Printmakers will take away a greater understanding of this art form, and the way artists mine their heritage and race for self-expression," Ronnen offers. “The works on view range from provocative to serene, and the concurrent showing of the theater and gallery shows promises to create a didactic conversation about the many mediums in which an artist might work. I am thrilled to share work by many artists who have never been exhibited in Rochester before."

A color publication including images and a full description of each print in the exhibition will be available.

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