Below the Surface: A History in Printmaking Webinar
Below The Surface: A History in Printmaking introduces the various traditional and contemporary printmaking processes that have allowed artists the freedom and agency to broaden their visual language and explore collaboration in experimental ways.
Looking at African American artists in particular, it delves into the historical contributions that African American artists like that of Henry O. Tanner, Hale Woodruff, Dox Thrash, Robert Blackburn, and many others have brought to the print medium.
Curlee Raven Holton is a printmaker and painter whose work has been exhibited professionally for over twenty-five years in more than thirty one-person shows and over eighty group shows. Holton earned his M.F.A. with honors from Kent State University and his B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in Drawing and Printmaking. From 1991 to 2012, Holton taught Printmaking and African American Art History at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and served as the founding director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute. Works produced by EPI have been included in such prestigious collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The High Museum; Allentown Art Museum; and Yale University of Art Gallery. In 2014, Holton was appointed executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at University of Maryland, College Park. Holton also is the founding director of Raven Editions Fine Art Publications, a private fine arts publisher and print studio based in Easton, Pennsylvania.
His exhibitions have included prestigious national and international venues such as Egypt’s 7th International Biennale; Taller de arts Plasticas Rufino Tamayo in Oaxaca, Mexico; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work is in many private and public collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; The Discovery Museum of Art and Science, Bridgeport, Connecticut; the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion; the Foundation of Culture Rodolfo Morales, Oaxaca, Mexico; Yale University Art Gallery; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania; and the Library of Congress.
- Teresa Caputo