Boston Printmakers
The Container at Second Street and Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150

   Containers in the Park will host a collection of works by board members of the prestigious Boston Printmakers. Some of their accomplished and internationally recognized artists include our good friend Stephanie Stigliano, award winner Sandra Cardillo, talented printmakers Alex Gerasev and Christiane Corcelle and local favorite Robert Tomolillo.

The Boston Printmakers Mission Statement
The purposes of the Organization are to: 
    •    Promote public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking
    •    Encourage and support artists working in printmaking
    •    Promote excellence in printmaking
    •    Support innovation within the field of printmaking
The Boston Printmakers has provided Boston and New England access to fine art printmaking since 1948.  We have donated our print collection to the public through the Boston Public Library.  We add to this collection every two years with a Purchase Prize when we sponsor the North American Print Biennial, showcasing printmakers from the United States and Canada.  The exhibition is juried by curators of national stature.  Ours is the only show like it in New England and is open to the public.  The show informs students, artists, faculty and the public through fine examples of print media, while recognizing quality printmaking.  We support further learning, and professional experience and the recognition of student work through our Arches Student Print Exhibition, which runs concurrently with the Biennial.  We sponsor the cash prizes for this Exhibition as well.  We encourage a dialogue in the print community through our newsletters.  We sponsor traveling shows and member shows which always debut inthe Boston Area, providing further cultural and learning opportunities to Boston and greater New England.  Our traveling shows highlight Boston artists throughout the US and Canada.  We are supporting travel and international sharing through international printmaking exhibitions and travel opportunities.  The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit, volunteer organization.

The Boston Printmakers was founded by a small group of senior students and faculty at the Boston Museum School and the Massachusetts College of Art. They held their first meeting at the Wiggin Gallery at the Boston Public Library in the autumn of 1947. Their host at this first meeting was the late Arthur Heintzelman, a distinguished etcher and the Library's Keeper of Prints. Also at attendance were Ture Bengtz, head of the Museum School's graphic arts department and Otis Philbrick, head of the Massachusetts College of Art's painting and graphics department. Both of these men continued to guide The Boston Printmakers until their deaths in 1973. By the following spring the group mounted its first show, held of the fourth floor of the Paine's Furniture Store. Visitors had to field an obstacle course of beds, sofas, bureaus, and other household furnishings. The full gamut of contemporary printmaking was represented - etchings and drypoints, lino cuts, engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, wood-engravings, and even the newly popular serigraph. The debut was a stunning success, so much so that by the following year the Printmakers represented not only local artists but exhibitors from other parts of the United States as well as England and Canada. Works by conservative craftsmen such as Samuel Chamberlain and John Taylor Arms, found themselves in the company of the current avant-garde, leading one critic to remark, "The Boston Printmakers have shown a true democracy in their latitude and what appears to be freedom from preference of favoritism for either extreme or practice." This tradition persists. The Biennial national exhibition is open to all. The media range from the traditional to digital images, monotypes, and experimental mixed media prints. The many stimulating changes in printmaking over the past fifty years are amply represented. The North American Print Biennial is one of the most prestigious events in printmaking. From 1954 to 1969 the exhibition was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Other hosts have included the Hayden Gallery at MIT, the Rose Art Museum, the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, Boston University, the Art Institute of Boston, and the DeCordova Museum. The Boston Printmakers draws its membership from all parts of the United States and Canada. Membership is by jury, please see membership.

The Boston Printmakers, at Lesley University, University Hall L-019, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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