MGC'S CONTEMPORARY PRINT COLLECTION
Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) is currently accepting donations to our contemporary print collection. This is a great way to build your resume and gain recognition. To submit, simply fill out the donation form and mail your prints (unframed) to:
Manhattan Graphics Center
Contemporary Print Collection
250 West 40th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018
All work submitted must be original fine art prints. No reproductions will be accepted.
Works in our collection are used for educational purposes, exhibitions, promotions, and fundraisers. All donated prints become MGC property, including all sale proceeds.
From MGC'S Contemporary Print Collection
PASTORAL POETRY: A VISUAL ODE
“Hail, old patrician trees, so great and good!
Hail, yet plebeian underwood!
Where the poetic birds rejoice
And their quiet nests and plenteous food
Pay with their grateful voice…”
– Abraham Cowley (1668)
There’s a poet in every artist and an artist in every poet. Creating a beautiful piece of art; whether it be prints, poems, or paintings, is a miraculous feat no matter the art form. Nature has given us the gifts of food, shelter, paper, clothes, and so much more that we are truly in her debt. Nature has also served as a muse for countless artists throughout the centuries and continues to do so today. Like the birds in Cowley’s poem who sing as a tribute to the trees; artists honor nature through their own kind of song. The beautiful prints selected for this online exhibition were all pulled from our Contemporary Print Collection. The prints vary greatly in medium and aesthetic style as they display nature through a wide array of artistic lenses. The mediums range from photo-etchings to monoprints to lithographs and beyond as each of the artists attempt to capture the essence of nature itself.
My name is Janet Gonzalez and I am a senior student at the College of Staten Island currently interning at MGC for the fall semester. I am working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Design & Digital Media and a Bachelor’s of Art in Literature. I am also double minoring in Writing and Studio Art. It was because of my minor in art that I was able to be exposed to the marvelous medium of printmaking. I wanted to be in an artistic environment and getting the opportunity to work with MGC’s Contemporary Print Collection has been such an eye-opening experience thus far. All the prints in this exhibition have been catalogued, photographed, and edited by myself with the consultation of my wonderful supervisor Erica Criss. Being able to interact with printmakers in the middle of their craft and initiating thought-provoking conversations with these talented individuals has been very enjoyable. Because I am someone very interested in interdisciplinary arts I enjoy connecting various mediums such as the trinity between printmaking, graphic design, and literature which is why I chose to open “Pastoral Poetry: A Visual Ode” with a poem.