SAGA Artists in the Syracuse University Art Collection

January 10 through May 12, 2019

Originally organized as the Brooklyn Society of Etchers, the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) was known by several different names during its first 30 years of existence. Recognizing its membership outgrew its Brooklyn footprint, it adopted new names, the Society of American Etchers, then the Society of American Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers, and Woodcutters, and finally in 1952, the Society of American Graphic Artists.

At Syracuse, the SAGA was an important organization that faculty and students of the graphic arts observed for proof that a successful career could be had in the visual arts. When developing the Syracuse University Art Collection, directors, faculty and curators looked to the organization for examples of contemporary art and began collecting works by notable members of the organization. Past presidents, Ernest Roth, John Taylor Arms, Lynd Ward, John Ross, Clare Romano and others, have their work represented in our collection. In fact, the Art Collection has more than 50 SAGA members represented among its print holdings and the work of distinguished artists such as Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, Edward Hopper, Peggy Bacon, John Sloan and Robert Kipniss account for several hundred works of art.