Prints Matter, Master Mimics, a portfolio of original prints reflecting the influence of a master work of art from any era, whether historic or contemporary, is scheduled to kick off the Miller Art Museum’s 43rd season on Jan. 21, 2017 with a free reception and light refreshments for the public from 3 to 4:30 pm.
“Invited artists were encouraged to select a master print but were given the option to select any master work,” explains William Greider, an Oshkosh printmaker and the mastermind behind the group project that resulted in the creation of the portfolio. “Whatever the original medium that inspired them to create their contribution to this portfolio,” he continued. Master artists selected range from Rembrandt Van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer, and Pieter Bruegel from earlier centuries to 20th century artists Pablo Picasso and Jim Dine.
The exhibition features the work of 22 artists spread across seven states and represents a diverse array of fine art printmaking processes. These include intaglio techniques of engraving, etching, dry point, mezzotint, and aquatint; lithography; screen prints (or serigraphy); relief prints such as linocut and woodcut; and digital technology in the form of archival pigment prints.
Complementing Prints Matter, Master Mimics in the main gallery will be a second print portfolio, The Exquisite Corpse from a collaboration with The Hardy, which will be on display in the rear gallery and 2016 permanent collection acquisitions, comprised of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, on the second floor Ruth Morton Miller mezzanine gallery.
The exhibits continue through Feb. 28. Admission is free. The museum is located in the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay at 107 S. 4th Ave. For more information, call 920.746.0707 or find the museum on Facebook.