The 2nd annual "Arkansas Printmakers Membership Exhibition” opened today in the Butler Center atrium Gallery in the Arkansas Studies Institute; see it tonight from 5-8 p.m. as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night festivities.
The show includes work by Warren Criswell, Samantha Kosakowski, Robert Bean, Diane Harper, Dominique Simmons, David Warren, Shannon Rogers, Win Bruhl, Debi Fendley, Jorey May Greene, Melissa Gill, Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Evan Lindquist, Houston Fyer, Thomas Sullivan and Sherry O’Rorke. That's a great lineup.
Turner Print Competition & Exhibition Juror Anne Goodyear to Give Talk Feb. 20 in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall As juror for The Turner’s 10th National Print Competition and Exhibition, Anne Goodyear was responsible for selecting pieces for the exhibit from the nearly 200 submissions The Turner received for this year’s competition. She said her selections represent the reimagined role of the print in our everyday lives. The artists whose works were included in the exhibit — Rogelio Gutierrez, Elizabeth Klimek, Bachrun LoMele, Katherine Venturelli, Brant Schuller, Amber Quimby, Dan Edinger, Samantha Kosakowski, Susan Hardy, Kathryn Maxwell and Lynn Peterfund — were all selected because of their innovative approach to the art and science of printmaking.
“This diverse group of work plays liberally with the traditional techniques and media of printmaking, vastly expanding our understanding of what a print can be,” said Goodyear.
Goodyear explained that each artist reached into a different facet of culture and history to create their work. From Gutierrez’s street signs examining the segregation created by language barriers, to Klimek’s nod to Warhol with her silkscreened wall-liner, each artist offered their own interpretation of what printmaking could and should encompass.
“As demonstrated collectively by the artists included in the exhibition, the print invites conceptual freedom, while rewarding technical finesse,” Goodyear noted. “It becomes a site of challenge, invention, and reinvention.”
Goodyear is no stranger to the art world. She was the former curator of prints and drawings at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and is currently president of the College Art Association board of directors where she has previously served as a member of the board since 2006. In addition, in June 2013 Goodyear and her husband Frank became co-directors of the Bowdoin College of Museum of Art.
While a curator at the National Portrait Gallery between 2001 and 2012, Goodyear organized a number of innovative exhibitions, including “Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture,” curated with James W. McManus, in 2009. The show was accompanied by a catalogue of the same title, co-edited with McManus. She also played a lead role in the museum’s “Portraiture Now” series. In addition to her curatorial work, Goodyear taught graduate seminars in the history of American at George Washington University while based in Washington, DC.
Goodyear has published extensively, and is co-editor, with Margaret Weitekamp of Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (2013). Her essays have appeared in several scholarly journals, which include American Art and Leonardo, and in edited volumes and exhibition catalogues such as The Political Economy of Art: Creating the Modern Nation of Culture (2008), Cold War Modern: Art and Design in a Divided World (2008), and Photography Theory (2007).
Goodyear received an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Texas after receiving a BA in the history of art and architecture and French civilization from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Goodyear will give a talk and announce awards for outstanding prints in the exhibition February 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (Performing Arts Center 134). A reception will follow at The Turner and University Art Gallery.
Story by Anne Stanley, School of the Arts Publicity Assistant