Painter and printmaker Anne LaFond explores the impact of key events and developments on the world stage – often as perceived through the news media – on our individual and social consciousness. She received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2011. There she was introduced to, and fell in love with, printmaking for its revolutionary tradition and potential. Intaglio etching in particular has been a key part of her artistic practice ever since.
In September 2011, she was a scholarship student at Manhattan Graphic Center. Her ongoing series of prints Not just the Daily News have been included in several New York Society of Etchers shows from 2012 to 2014 and at the International Print Center NY’s New Prints 2011/Autumn. Together with fellow MGC printmaker Anders Bergstrom, she curated News/Prints, a group exhibit highlighting the long-standing relationship between printmaking and the newspaper at International Print Center NY in 2013.
Dedicated to making art accessible as an aesthetic experience and a social practice in the lives of working people, she founded Window Studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a historically African-American, working class neighborhood that has undergone rapid gentrification. Started in 2013 with a grant from the Puffin Foundation, she obtained subsequent funding through the Brooklyn Arts Council and Citizens Committee of NY to develop Window Studio as a community art center offering artist residencies, workshops for all ages, exhibits and other events. Due to COVID-19, Window Studio was forced to close, but she is looking to re-establish it in a new location.
She is excited to play a role in the re-opening of MGC and to extend its reach and collaborative spirit to an ever-widening group of artist/printmakers.