We are honored to have a juror for our Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition who is dedicated to helping audiences understand how the processes of printmaking inform the look of prints. Andrew Stevens, Curator of the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Chazen Museum at the University of Wisconsin, has published on a variety of subjects from the prints of 18th century printmaker, William Hogarth, to the color woodcut in Japan, Europe and America. As juror for our Fourth National Show at the Attleboro Arts Museum in the Spring of 2016, Stevens will provide unique insights from more than 25 years experience of caring for a collection of 14,000 works on paper and organizing more than 80 exhibitions.

Stevens most recent publications trace the development of monotype and related processes used by American artists from the late 19th century into the late 20th century. In 2015, Stevens curated the exhibition American Monotypes from the Baker/Pisano Collection, which examined the popularity of the monotype in America and how techniques developed in America over the past two centuries, placing the medium into historical context. In the introduction to the exhibition catalogue of American Monotypes in the Baker/Pisano Collection,  Stevens’ states:

“The continued experimentation with monotype is the result of exactly the same features of the process that interested artists in the process at the end of the nineteenth century. Of all the print processes, it is the most spontaneous and simple. Its ability to capture a deft stroke of the artist’s hand gives it great appeal to the skilled sketcher, while its simplicity makes it an ideal platform for the sorts of experiments that have intrigued [generations of] American artists.”

The Monotype Guild of New England’s Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition at Attleboro Arts Museum will showcase 100 works of art from our members and artists throughout the country, revealing the diverse range of traditional and innovative techniques being used in creating monotypes and monoprints today. As part of the Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition, Stevens will be hosting a seminar for MGNE members in the Art Study Center at the Harvard Art Museums on April 8, 2016. This seminar will provide an up-close examination of the history of the American Monotype through a selection of prints from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections.

Online submissions for our Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 thru midnight on February 1, 2016. For more information, please visit https://mgne.org/4thnationalcfe or contact exhibitions@mgne.org

[Image Credit: Albion Harris Bicknell (1837–1915) Landscape with Boat (n.d.). Monotype, 10⅛ x 5¾ inches. Chazen Museum of Art; Gift of D. Frederick Baker from the Baker/Pisano Collection (2014.6.1).  https://www.incollect.com/articles/american-monotypes-in-the-baker-pisano-collection]