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PC Art Show: Contemporary Printmakers

"Impressions" Exhibition Opens March 12

Nic Coviello's

Taking inspiration from the region's Philagrafika 2010 celebration, William Penn Charter School is excited to announce Impressions: Exploring Printmaking in the 21st Century, a 10-day exhibition of Philadelphia contemporary printmakers. 

The exhibition, which represents more than 30 artists with more than 150 art prints for sale, opens with a reception Friday, March 12, and continues through Sunday, March 21. Admission and parking at the school's East Falls campus are free.

Curators and Penn Charter parents Elie-Anne Chevrier Lewis, associate registrar of exhibitions for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Julie Zahn, an accomplished printmaker, selected a mix of established and emerging artists, as well as work from diverse communities. Prices for the prints range from $40 to $3,000.

The art show includes two free workshops, one for adults and another for families. Lewis will offer a workshop on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m., for those who are interested in learning more about collecting and caring for prints, plus tips on keeping antiques and art safe and clean. “Surprisingly simple!” she promises. Sheila Ruen, artist and chair of visual arts at Penn Charter, will offer a printmaking workshop for families on Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For the Saturday family workshop, space is limited; to reserve space, e-mail

Ruen collaborated with the curators and will visit the gallery with her art classes; most teachers in grades pre-K to 12 will tour the gallery with their students at some point during the 10-day exhibition.

“Twenty-first century printmaking challenges artists to resource a rich tradition, while engaging contemporary themes and ideas,” Ruen said. “Printmakers negotiate a range of cultural references from Gutenberg to Cyborg, and diverse practices from abstract improvisation to precise realism.”

Printmaking is a dynamic and expansive medium, Ruen said, and it includes historic and contemporary processes, techniques and themes. Woodcut, lithography, etching, collography and serigraphy are some of the best-known methods of printmaking. Other processes such as xerography and white line are less well-known.  

“Regardless of technique, the distinctive qualities of these processes, in conjunction with a broad and diverse range of artistic strategies and subjects, make this a very rich and layered art form,” she said.

Artists featured in the show include: Meri Adelman, Nancy Agati, Cynthia Back, Jennifer Baker, Katie Baldwin, Beans -n- Screens, Ava Blitz, Sarah Bryant, Diane Burko, Anne
Caramanico, Lynn Costomiris, Nic Coviello, Candy Depew, Amze Emmons, Elaine Erne, C.R. Ettinger Studio, Neysa Grassi, Chris Hartshorne, Frank Hyder, Anne Johnson, Wendy Kerchner, Millicent Krouse, Neila Kun, Sebastien LeClercq, Virgil Marti, Kevin McCullough, Eric McDade, Peggy Tutelman Merves, Daniel Miller, Lesley Mitchell, Matt Neff, Darwin Nix, EJ O'Hara, Hiro Sakaguchi, Bill Scott, Stuart Shils, Marisha Simons, Ken Sutherland, Micka Thurin, Kristin Swoszowski-Tran, Sylwia Wiernek, Julie Zahn.

The Biennial Art Show committee chaired by Penn Charter parent Gail Sutton is excited to explore how printmaking parallels the region’s rich cultural and artistic history, as well as the goals of Penn Charter’s Quaker community. Penn Charter, a coed, pre-K to 12 school, is the oldest Friends school in the world, established by a charter signed by William Penn in 1689.

Impressions: Exploring Printmaking in the 21st Century: March 12-21, 2010, William Penn Charter School, Biennial Gallery, Main Building, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19144. March 12 reception, 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 15 to 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, March 20, 1 to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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