Art professor Nancy Campbell founded the printmaking workshop to inspire Mount Holyoke's women students and to offer them role models in the form of successful women artists. The workshop also allows students to observe the collaborative process between artist and master printer, which usually takes place in the privacy of a single artist's studio or print shop.
Elaine de Kooning became the workshop's first resident artist in 1984, just as she began working with imagery inspired by prehistoric painting on the walls of caves in southern France. During her residency she completed five lithographs, the Lascaux Series, which recall the extraordinary pictographs associated with the foundations of human image making. Susan Shatter's Canyon (1989; one of a set of four lithographs) draws inspiration from the untamed natural world, while Sue Coe's We Will Not Go Back (1992) comments on the world of politics. Sylvia Plimack Mangold's Hazel Boyd Eureka (1997) offers a pensive study of an orchid in winter. Ten Workshops will include all these prints, plus works by Joan Snyder, Vija Celmins, Sondra Freckelton, Jane Dickson, Aline Feldman, and Kiki Smith.
All are welcome to the exhibition's official opening and reception Tuesday, April 4, at 7 pm in the Weissman Special Exhibition Gallery. The reception will feature live music by the Mount Holyoke College Chamber Jazz Ensemble.