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MANHATTAN GRAPHICS CENTER

250 WEST 40 STREET, 5TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10018
212-219-8783

THANKS TO FRIENDS OF MGC: 

The Jockey Hollow Foundation  |  The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation | New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

PAST ARTIST TALKS

Robert Pillsbury

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

6:30pm-8:30pm

Robert Pillsbury has been President of the Salmagundi Club for the past six years. In this capacity he has administered its exhibitions and art programs to create a nourishing environment for professional artists and art devotees. On the creative side his passion lies in drawing, painting in encaustic, and making monotypes and etchings. He participates in at least one of these activities every day, regardless of time or place. When speaking about the art he makes, his statements always illustrate a profound and abiding respect for the natural world where he draws his inspiration.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My Work reflects an ongoing process of seeing and focusing on the relationship between conscious and unconscious observations of the environment. The use of color and field are deeply rooted in those found in nature, as well as icons drawn from landscape. Many of the works have origins in reality, but possess the feeling of ethereal abstraction, fading in and out of subject matter through the use of line and color changes.

Instagram: @robertpillsbury

Robin Sherin & Will Kaplan

Artist Talk - with two of our former scholarship students!

October 20, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Robin Sherin: 

Robin Sherin, a  Brooklyn native, received a BS from New York University in studio art with a concentration in printmaking. A works on paper artist, she lives and creates in New York City. Her studio practice encompasses prints (traditional, digital), drawings (an amalgam of cut paper and various drawing media) and instant books (created from a single sheet of folded paper). Her invented architecture explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. She is currently in residency at Guttenberg Arts in Guttenberg, New Jersey. Last year she was awarded a scholarship by Manhattan Graphics Center, New York City during their fall term. In September, she exhibited in, “Works on Paper” at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Other recent exhibits include Super/Natural (works from the Artspace flatfile), Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut; Invisible Cities, a collaborative book project, organized by Constellation Studios, Lincoln, Nebraska and Vanishing Point, Art House Productions, Jersey City, New Jersey. Her work is included in a number of collections including the New York Public Library; Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia and Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Will Kaplan

Artist Will Kaplan combines different mediums, techniques, and text to probe boundaries. This New Jersey native grew up exploring highway hemmed nature preserves; tensions between the organic and the human-made manifest in his work. By meshing printmaking methods, collage, drawing, and writing, Kaplan manipulates fixed elements to suggest individual and collective responses to the power structures which shape our daily lives. Kaplan has made a new home in New York City; a vibrant and rich setting in which to explore these themes.

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Will Kaplan

Title: Letter Sound

Medium: Silkscreen

Bob Shore

Saturday: April 14, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Bob Shore

Bob will be discussing his work, in conjunction with his solo show, of the past 21 years printing at MGC.

William C. Tucker

Saturday: April 14th, 2018

6:30pm - 8:00pm

William C. Tucker

There is a tension in my work, a kind of struggle between competing forces: good and evil, light and dark, clarity and obscurity, things internal and things external. This may seem paradoxical, but in fact art embraces and thrives upon paradox. 

Adam Pitt

Saturday, February 24, 2018    

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Adam Pitt spent most of his adult life working in corporations and hiding his identity as an Artist. His work is based on his observations of human dynamics in the work place and in the world. He has been printing his woodcuts with Kathy Caraccio at her Studio in Chelsea N.Y. for over 20 years and has created more than 300 different images. Based on his experiences as a manager, worker and observer he has also created a website www.korporateculture.com . His work has been in a number of group shows including at IPCNY, the Zimmerli Museum, The Print Center and the Library of Congress.   

Giulia Leonelli

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Giulia Leonelli (born 1985) is a French/Italian artist and a newly graduated PhD student in Visual Arts from Sorbonne University, Paris.

After a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts (2008, Rome University of Fine Arts), Giulia pursued her studies in Paris at Sorbonne University where she graduated in 2011 (Master degree in Visual Arts). In 2012, she was chosen as a recipient for the French/American “Young Talents” award and she spent one year in New York attending the Studio Art program at NYU Steinhardt.

She is currently a scholarship student at Manhattan Graphics Center for the fall semester of 2017.

 

Her work is oriented toward a pictorial approach of printmaking, leaded by a musical aspiration and a poetic intent. "Entendre le pictural" is the title of her doctorate thesis, in which she discusses the temporal understanding of an artwork by experiencing its unfolding as space and time, and the implications of Rhythm and Sensation as philosophical and psychological attributes of art.

In the last few years, she oriented her artistic production toward the edition of livres d’artiste.


Her work has been showed in several personal and collective exhibitions, in Italy, France, USA and Denmark. 

Kathy Caraccio

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

6:30 - 8:00pm

Kathy Caraccio is a master printer, artist, curator and professor. Caraccio has a BFA from Herbert Lehman College. She was trained in etching color print with Maria Samosa (El Museo del Barrio, NYC, 1972-3), in viscosity printing with Arun Bose and Krishna Reddy (NYC, 1972-3), papermaking by Zarina Hashmi (NYC, 1979), and in Hanga (Japanese water based woodblock printing) with Sensei Toshi Yoshida (Nagano – Japan, 1984). In 1977, Kathy started the K. Caraccio Printing Studio in NYC.

As an exhibiting artist herself, Kathy stays excited about making art and meeting aesthetic challenges. She has taught printmaking at NYU, Columbia University, Parsons/New School, Pratt and currently at the National Academy. Kathy's work is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Portland Art Museum, The Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Fine Arts Museum of California, the New York Public Library (42nd St.), and The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Kathy has had solo shows in the USA, Japan, Korea, and Puerto Rico. You can see a selection of Kathy's work below: 

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James Siena

Friday, October 20th, 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

James Siena (b. 1957, Oceanside, California) is a New York based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. Mr. Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting. His work is held in numerous prestigious public and private collections across the U.S., including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Kirsten Flaherty

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Kirsten Flaherty resides in New York as a printmaker and freelancer. The artist’s most recent work has focused on utilizing mezzotint to further awareness about social and environmental issues. She has worked at various nonprofit institutions such as International Print Center New York, Dieu Donné Papermill, and Manhattan Graphics Center. Flaherty holds a position on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Etchers and has independently curated multiple fundraising exhibitions to benefit various non-profit organizations. More information can be found at www.kirstenflaherty.com

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Anneli Arms

Saturday, July 24th, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Anneli Arms is internationally known for sculptures and prints. Her etchings depict people and animals both real and fantastic. She claims she knew she would be an artist already when she finished primary school. Her works have been included in national and international exhibitions. She has worked her entire career as an independent artist. She calls the focus of her work "a very elongated look at the nature of the universe-of nature, of self, of humans, and other creatures of all kinds."

Rob Swainston

Saturday, May 20, 2017

6:30–8:30 pm

Rob Swainston is Assistant Professor in Printmaking at SUNY Purchase College and Master Printer for the collaborative printshop Prints of Darkness. He received a BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from Columbia University, and attended Skowhegan, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and the Fine Arts Work Center. His work sits at the intersection of printmaking, painting, installation and sculpture.  Exhibitions include Marginal Utility, David Krut Projects, Bravin Lee Programs, Socrates, Smack Mellon, Queens Museum, and Bronx Museum.  

www.robswainston.com

Scholarshop Artists: Golbanou Moghaddas and Anna Fischer

Saturday, April 30, 2017
6:30-8:30pm

Meet two of MGC's scholarship artists, see a presentation of their work, and hear them discuss their artistic processes and visions.

Golbanou Moghaddas is an Iranian Printmaker and Illustrator based in San Francisco. She has an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), and an MFA fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked with Master Printer Paul Mullowney and is an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Golbanou's work has been recognized and celebrated in the UK and the US. Within her work she invites the viewer to follow an unorthodox narrative, which is influenced by the old tradition of Persian story telling. The content is enriched by metaphors of philosophy, Persian Poetry, Existentialism and personal perceptions. Rather than political views, she aims to emphasize the personal.

Anna Fischer: "My studies in political and social sciences and law at SciencePo Paris in France from 2011-2014 motivated me to spend time working on memory and human rights projects in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua). There, I was able to meet ex-political prisoners and family members of forcibly disappeared persons struggling for the right to truth and accountability for past crimes committed during the respective dictatorships. Those struggles related to justice and recognition, memory and violence, truth(s) and trauma, have informed my art projects and until today present the key KNOTEN not only of my current graduate studies in social sciences at Columbia University (2015-today) but also of my art-related projects that involve oral histories and an installation of large-scale drawings."

Arnold Brooks: On the Arc of Ideas

Saturday, April 29, 2016
6:30–8:30 pm

Arnold Brooks's studio, Isthmus Pictures and Sounds, focuses on lithography, monoprinting, video, and sound. Arnold has printed at many of NYC's print shops, including Solo Press, John Nichols Publishers, and Derriere L'Etoile. He has taught at Robert Blackburn, New School University, and Brooklyn College. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Appalachian State Art Department, Miami Art Museum, and Florida Center for the Arts. He is instructor in Lithography at MGC.

Rashwan Abdelbaki

Saturday, March 11, 2016
6:30–8:30 pm

Rashwan Abdelbaki is a Syrian-born multi-media artist specializing in ‎painting, etching, ‎and engraving. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus University, in 2007, with a Bachelor’s degree in printmaking techniques. Since graduating, he has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Lebanon, Syria, and the United States. Rashwan is an IIE Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at ArteEast from January-September 2017.

MGC Scholarship Students: Abigail Tulis & Morgana Tetherow

Saturday, December 3, 2015

6:30–8:30 pm

Abigail Tulis began her sculptural studies in her youth, going on to study the figure and classical design at a New York Atelier.   

Her work explores a personal inner world expressed in a visual language borrowed from Greco-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic works, as well as classical literature. This world is peopled with, often autobiographical, exoskeletal characters inspired by a fascination with 16 c. armor and its protective and design qualities.During her time at MGC she worked to anchor this population in the linear specificity required in etching, allowing her characters to then wander into the many spacial effects and situations created by the playful inking of the plate as a mono-print.

Tulis views her work as a craft by which to conjure beauty and make a platform for the viewer’s memory and emotions. She has created a number of sculptures for private residences and exhibits work regularly the US and Europe. Struggling with her desire for the local in a globalized world, she divides her time between the NYC, where she has a studio, and rural Netherlands.

www.abigailtulis.com

 

Morgana Tetherow-Keller attended Bennington College in Vermont where she found herself at a standstill between interest in architecture in more abstract forms. She began to combine the two, turning the basic elements of a house into a sort of image-based language. She designed an architectural space and went from there, dissecting and playing with interiors and exteriors through both imagery and the shape of the canvas. This process allowed exploration without rules or logic.
Her work 21 Spaces is a series of architectural copper plate etchings drawn from memory. For Tetherow-Keller, drafting spaces is a way of defining them. In the same way a mathematical proof defines rules and formulas through logic, her drawings define her memory of many different spaces, adding logic with each new line created.

www.morganatetherow-keller.com

Margaret Nussbaum and Robin Dintiman

Saturday, November 19, 2015
6:30–8:30 pm

Margaret Nussbaum is a founding member, former President, Treasurer, Board Member and ongoing Silkscreen Instructor of Manhattan Graphics Center since 1986. Over this time so many artists have discovered the joy of screenprinting whether for professional or personal goals and together have shared their experience and knowledge.

"I originally trained as a painter and my chosen means of expression is now silkscreen. I discovered that screenprinting can be approached in a manner similar to painting. The essence of the medium allows me to be both precise and spontaneous. Whether I am choosing to make an edition or a monoprint, I start with some pre-planning. My ideas typically evolve as I am printing. Background textures, images and colors coalesce as the work progresses. I will add to a print until I sense that it is complete and reached its certain conclusion. The fundamental nature of screenprinting gives credence to the belief that one more element is always possible, when to stop is the abiding problem and my mantra to remember.
    All my art is initially hand-drawn and then processed for silkscreening. A few prints include social content but now most are more personal and reflect my joy in the “Zen of screenprinting” both in its creation and its often times surprising results."

Robin Dintiman works in print, sculpture, and drawing. She has taught in colleges and print shops on the East and West coasts. Dintiman has received fellowships from the Yaddo Corporation, Dorland's Mountain Colony, and Cooper Union. Her work has been exhibited in venues in the U.S. and Europe, and is featured in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Chrysler Museum, and the Arkansas Center for Contemporary Art..

"I have found reverie well as inspiration in the natural environment. I am sure it is the “waitingness” of it, as well as the “beckoning ” of it, that captures me. The intense physicality in nature; the shear will of it’s materials, a material will is what is most riveting.

    In the photogravure process, I focus on how to accentuates the numinous quality of landscape. Trees with their digging into dark earth to grow, then reaching to catch the light, resonate their intent. The process releases the tree from real life so that it becomes something more boundless, a personal artifice.

    The process of printmaking, the repetition of an image, allows me to concatenate ideas. Images are subsumed after many phases, the process is what I find most interesting and generative. In these etchings and collagraphs, I collected many tent caterpillar nests to create line and texture. These mundane, even repulsive nests, gave hundreds of random forms after drying them and flattening them to use for printing. These discarded remnants, ordinary and unremarkable, become transformed to lacey intricate webs. I found working an image through many phases, to evoke reverberations, the memory becomes palpable.

Deborah Chaney

Saturday, October 29, 2015

6:30-8:30pm

Deb Chaney Editions, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY specializes in fine art lithographic printmaking using traditional stone, plate, and photo processes. Deborah Chaney is a Tamarind Master Printer with over 10 years experience collaborating and printing with numerous artists from all over the globe. With experience gathered from working in other printing studios and alongside other professional printers, she has established her own independent print studio where she collaborates with artists and print publishers

Deborah Chaney received her BFA in printmaking from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master Printer Certificate from the Tamarind Institute for Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has extensive training and experience working in numerous printmaking workshops, including the Tamarind Institute, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NY, NY, and La Ceiba Gráfica in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. In addition to collaborative printing, she teaches lithography at Pratt Institute as well as Parsons, The New School for Design, and has taught workshops at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT: Greatly influenced by travel, these pieces are studies and reflections of her experiences visiting other cultures and environments. The color fields are reminiscent of textile and fabric design, but also draw upon ideas of sequence of time and memory, as well as musical tones and vibrations. Visually striking and optically alluring, these monotypes challenge the perception of visual and physical space.

www.debchaneyeditions.com

 

Bridget O'Donnell and Rachel Gordon (Scholarship Students)

Satuday, October 15, 2015

6:30–8:30 pm

Born in a helicopter over the Midwest in 1987, Bridget O’Donnell is an emerging artist making prints, drawings, and photographs. Her map-like, lyrical works often engage narrative and text, with emphasis on disintegration, redaction and line. Bridget’s work has been shown nationally, most notably at the International Print Center New York and the Painting Center, New York.

    Currently, Bridget resides in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to making art, she is the Studio Coordinator at the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program and adjunct instructor of Printmaking at Creighton University.

Rachel Gordon was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Printmaking from SUNY Purchase in May 2015. Her work is about femininity, specifically drawing from her personal experiences with identity and heartache. She primarily makes screen prints and etchings which are visually unified by a soft color palette and fine details, respectively. Text is often incorporated into her prints as an attempt to make you laugh or cry and is subconsciously inspired by the beautiful signage she’s been surrounded by throughout her life in South Brooklyn. This past summer, she received a scholarship from Manhattan Graphics Center; this will be her first artist talk. Her work can be seen at: http://cargocollective.com/rachelglorgman

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