Selections from the Silvermine Print CollectionJanuary 6 through February 17, 2013
The Silvermine Print Collection began out of the efforts of Guild Member, professor and noted artist Gabor Peterdi. Peterdi felt it was necessary to preserve the history of printmaking and develop a collection that was available for both appreciation of this unique art form, and as a tool for education. Having set up the Graphic Arts Workshop at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and having personally experienced the effectiveness of the Brooklyn Museum Print Bienniel, under the aegis of its curator Una Johnson, he was perfectly positioned to initiate Silvermine's National Print Biennial competition in 1956. Out of these juried exhibitions the Arts Center established the foundation of a permanent print collection through the acquisition of juror purchase awards. In the subsequent years additional prints were also added to the collection via donations and bequests. Currently, the Silvermine print collection consists of over 200 prints including examples by such renowned artists as Annie Albers, Lee Chesney, Christo, Jack Damer, Sergio Gonzalez Tornero, Michael Mazur, Gabor Peterdi and Linda Plotkin. Now on the heels of its 90th anniversary, the Arts Center is working to substantially increase the print collection and developing towards a plan to make the collection more accessible to artists and the general public. This exhibition will include a selection of some of the existing prints in the collection along with some of the most recent acquisitions which have been selected with the assistance of Co-Curator and Silvermine Print Collection Manager, James Reed.