Pushing the Line: American Women Printmakers from the Syracuse University Art Collection
February 5- May 12, 2015
Until the late 19th century, women’s role in the art world was limited to the social graces of drawing as part of marriage preparations. Through the open hand of a few art institutions and funding through patrons, museums, private galleries, and the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration, women had a more active presence in the 20th century art scene. Most of the subjects depicted by these women reflect their personal and professional lives and the hardships caused by wars, the Great Depression, famines, and social mores that changed the lives of all Americans.
This exhibition of more than 30 works from the Syracuse University Art Collection includes woodcuts, lithographs, engraving, silkscreens, etchings, and linoleum cuts by noted artists Grace Albee, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, June Wayne, Louise Nevelson, Isabel Bishop, and many others. Pushing the Line: American Women Printmakers is organized by the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College and curated by Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg.