Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25286] female printmakers (Margaret Szvetecz)
  2. [Baren 25287] Re: female printmakers ("Ramsey Household")
  3. [Baren 25288] Re: female printmakers (Aqua4tis #
  4. [Baren 25289] Re: women printmakers (Sharri LaPierre)
  5. [Baren 25290] Re: women printmakers ("marilynn smih")
  6. [Baren 25291] Women in Printmaking (Reneeaugrin #
  7. [Baren 25292] female printmakers ("Ramsey Household")
  8. [Baren 25293] RE: Women in Printmaking ("marilynn smih")
  9. [Baren 25294] nipping press (baron #
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Message 1
From: Margaret Szvetecz
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 06:12:42 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Subject: [Baren 25286] female printmakers
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Marilyn, so much depends on whether or not you include nationally/internationally known painters who also do prints by working with professional print workshops. In any event, you have a lot of choices

1. If you include workshop produced prints you might include the works of:

Jennifer Bartlett
Pat Steir
Susan Rothenberg

2. Judy Pfaff is a nationally/internationally known artist who works primarily in woodblock prints. I don't know of any other artist working primarily in printmaking who is so well known. Her work is very dynamic. I think originally she printed all her work herself, but now she uses assistants and probably sometimes also print workshops.

3. If you want to focus on contemporary printmakers who do more of the actual craft of printmaking themselves, below is a link to "Women Printmakers of Austin". These are all "mid-career" artists, i.e. they have had exhibits, they have gallery representation, but they are not nationally/internationally known artists. Here's the link:

Katherine Brimberry, one of the members of "Women Printmakers of Austin", cofounded a press in Austin--Flatbed Press. Some of the artists they work with are women.

The url for "Flatbed Press" is:

4. Back in the 1980s I fell in love with the following book. It isn't a history of printmaking, rather it's a look at some contemporary (in the 1980s) female printmakers. I think I own a copy but most of my books are packed. The book is:

A graphic muse : prints by contemporary American women
by Richard S. Field, Ruth E. Fine
New York : Hudson Hills Press in association with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, c1987

5. Our very own Barener Ruth Leaf, in addition to being an established artist/printmaker, has published at least two books on intaglio technique. (These books are really well known in intaglio instruction.) The two books of which I'm aware are "Intaglio Printmaking Techniques" (1976) and "Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Printmaking Techniques" (1984). It still makes me a little giddy to think that she participated in the calendar exchange!

I'm thinking that you want more of an annecdotal approach rather than a more comprehensive historical approach. If you have any portfolios from exchanges, I would definitely show these also, so that people can see the actual prints.

These are just my suggestions--take them in the spirit in which they are intended, as suggestions only.

Margaret Szvetecz
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Message 2
From: "Ramsey Household"
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 07:30:27 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25287] Re: female printmakers
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Thank you Margaret! It's so nice to see work from some of the people from
our UT days.

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Message 3
From: Aqua4tis #
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 10:34:12 EDT
Subject: [Baren 25288] Re: female printmakers
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dont forget june wayne a lithographer and mary azarian a childrens book
illustrator who uses woodcuts in her illos
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Message 4
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 08:27:42 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25289] Re: women printmakers
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I don't know of a publication, but I have a friend who was doing
research for a presentation about women printmakers. I will contact
him and see what he has and if he can suggest any good references. If
he has email I'll ask him to contact you personally. I know that he
told me the first one was a forger and produced engraved plates for
currency with her husband and father. That ought to spice up your

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Message 5
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 09:26:07 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25290] Re: women printmakers
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Wow everything from great printmakers to a forger. This will be fun.
Thanks everyone for the names to start me off on an online search. Than of
course the library!!! I will want to pair up names with some type of a
picture of work and if possible even pics of the women would be nice. And
yes every woman that I have a piece form an exchange will be in this
program. Of course those of you who have books published will be
mentioned!!! I will put work in plastic folders and than they can see up
close what real prints are and look like. This is a great chanch to educate
about printmaking so blocks and tools will be part of my program. A little
American history and than some about current printmakers will be included.
We all know how ignorant the publc can be about the fine art of printmaking
so the more folks we can educate the better. I appreciate the help.

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Message 6
From: Reneeaugrin #
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 12:26:43 EDT
Subject: [Baren 25291] Women in Printmaking
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Hi Marilynn,

As a historical reference of women printmakers, Mary Cassatt comes to
mind--but as a contemporary, Helen Frankenthaler would be a nice addition to your


The exhibit and work at the Lincoln Cathedral was incredible. I wish the
kids in my Art History class could participate in such a project. Perhaps an
exchange? The oldest things around here to do rubbings would be the headstones
of some of the people who pioneered the wild west. Your work is great.


The exhibit in Alaska is wonderful. Such variety! My Art History class will
be studying the ancient people of North America next Spring.

Congratulations on all the lovely exhibits--they keep me very well inspired!

Cordially yours,

Renee Ugrin
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Message 7
From: "Ramsey Household"
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 11:25:10 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25292] female printmakers
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Susan Rothenburg has also done some wonderful prints!

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Message 8
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 15:40:31 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25293] RE: Women in Printmaking
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And we saw some of Mary Cassatt's work in KC. Sorry for the second post
today. But I am getting excited with this research.
I had a real idea to day when I read our local paper. There was an article
about the student art show at a local community college. The winner of the
best of show award was a female who had done an etching, nice piece. It
occurred too me that i could broaden this presentation to this title:
American Women Printmakers, past, present and future. That way this
accomplishemnt could be included. With this in mind I want to hear from
Megan Dew, who is young and doing prints. Also from any women forum members
who are young and just beginnning in printmaking. (hey and maybe even some
not so young) Also if any of you have young women you know who are just
starting in printmaking. I want a short bio and a small pic of a few
prints, nothing huge. Thanks you guys are wonderful.

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Message 9
From: baron #
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 21:16:54 +1000
Subject: [Baren 25294] nipping press
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Hi everyone

I have a nipping press (book press) for sale, you can see it here probably worth mentioning that I'm in
Australia as it weighs a bit and postage would be a killer.


Lawrence Finn

PS I've been busy with my MFA and such so have been off list for a year or
so... Apologies that if this is an abrupt "back again type post"