Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Union Printmakers Atelier opened in 1977 in the Graphic Communications International
Union (GCIU) building at 1900 L St. in NW Washington DC. At its zenith, the
studio was home to over 60 local artists. It also served as a GWU and Smithsonian
Resident Associates printmaking classroom in the early and mid 80’s. Safety
issues with GCIU and OSHA resulted in the studio being closed in the mid 90’s
to everyone except me. I continued to do my own work there and I continued printing
editions for other artists. Over the years it has been my privilege to print
for Bill Christenberry, David Chung, Robert A. Nelson, Sydney Goodman, Wonsook
Kim, Georgia Deal, Fred Folsom, P. Buckley Moss, Jody Mussoff, Kevin MacDonald,
Michael Platt, Jenny Freestone, Rob Evans and many other fine artist/printmakers.
In 2001 the GCIU sold their building and a year later I moved three of the presses
and over 200 litho stones into the printmaking studio at GWU where I had taught
Printmaking for 24 years. In 2003 the GWU Art Department voted to make changes
in its curriculum and closed the Printmaking program. Now as 2005 begins, I
am announcing plans to reopen Union Printmakers Atelier in a new and larger
Union Printmakers Atelier has always fostered an environment of collaboration
and diversity between experienced artists and willing students. I have a deep
respect for Printmaking’s historical traditions. I embrace the challenge
of working with the new digital media and it’s techniques. This studio
will balance discipline and openness while striving to assist artists in realizing
their artistic vision through whichever printed media they choose.
As director, I have strived to maintain the focus and integrity of the atelier
since its inception. As an educator, it has been my privilege to introduce several
thousand students to the methods, materials, history and techniques of Printmaking
and Drawing during my 27-year teaching career at the Corcoran, GWU and the Smithsonian.
As a master printer I feel I have much to contribute to the collaboration process
of artist and printer. As an artist I will never cease to be amazed, no matter
the technique, by every new A/P.
Union Printmakers Atelier again opens its doors again. I respectfully look forward
to seeing old friends and many new faces in the studio.