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Apr 20, 2017. - Sep 17, 2017.

Pilchuck Prints

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Hank Murta Adams, Funkadelic Hyena Holiday, vitreograph on paper, 2007. © Hank Murta Adams. Image courtesy of Pilchuck Glass School. Click to enlarge.

Artists Harvey Littleton and Elizabeth Tapper introduced printmaking with glass plates at Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle in the 1980s, and the PGS Print Shop got its official start when Tapper purchased a press in 1990.

"Glass is a great material for printing for a number of reasons," said Tina Aufiero, Artistic Director of the Pilchuck Glass School. "It's relatively easy to transfer drawings to clear glass, and inks don’t react to glass like they do with metal, so you get colors that are bright and true. Printing with glass plates doesn't require the use of solvents, and clean-up is easier. You can also work in a variety of techniques, such as using a cut or carved glass plate to emboss your print."

This selection of rarely seen prints demonstrates the innovative use of glass for printmaking at Pilchuck over the last three decades. The exhibition features work by Mona Hatoum, Judy Chicago, Italo Scanga, Hank Murta Adams, Tina Aufiero, Cappy Thompson, Ann Wolff, and others who came to the school from around the world as students, instructors, and visiting artists.

The works will be on view April 20–Sept. 17 in the Frank Photography Galleries (G. 228). Admission is free.

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Ruben Toledo
Pilchuck, Summer Heat Wave

Vitreograph on paper
2009
© Ruben Toledo
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Andrea Dezso
Whale

Vitreograph on paper
2014
© Andrea Dezso
Image courtesy of Pilchuck Glass School
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