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curated by Sheridan Bischoff, ’18

A solitary artist is not a stereotype for a printmaker. Printmaking is a medium with a long history of collaboration. Great printmakers often were the heads of workshops where apprentices would learn the skills of the trade in exchange for their contribution to the art. In contemporary art, collaboration is a significant means of networking that create partnerships in the arts allowing for artists to work together for an equal opportunity in the distribution of artwork, future connections, and patronage. Dadaist believed that the value of art was not in the work produced, but in the act of making and collaborating with others to create new visions of the world. A collaboration is not something for a day, but a long and committed process. Working together, artists can experiment, take chances, and learn from one another.

This exhibition curtesy of the generous donors Gerry and Shelly Elliott. They started their collection after responding to an ad from Associated American Artists, New York City in fortnightly publication “The Reporter.” They sent in twenty-five cents and received a catalogue and Mr. Elliott said, “the rest was history.” Neither of them received “any formal art education. Mr. Elliott has a BA in Government from Beloit College and MA, ABD (all but dissertation), in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Elliott has a BA in English from Chanpaign-Urbana, IL and a MS in English from the University of Wisconsin.    

There will be a talk given by the curator in the Lower Traylor Gallery at 4:30 pm on February 22nd, 2018.