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In this exhibition, we present important prints from the early 20 th century and discuss the process by which they were made. The printmaking process is highly technical and therefore confusing to many of us. The exhibit features a broad body of work that illustrates the various printmaking techniques that were popular during the Modernist period. Featured works include masters of American printmaking – John Sloan, Reginald Marsh and Thomas Hart Benton. While these artists have been celebrated more as painters, they are more broadly known to art collectors through their prints. Occasionally, an artist excelled at printmaking above all other media and through it was able to best express their artistic vision. Each print is considered a “multiple original” work of art because it was conceived, created, and individually approved by the artist. In most instances, a pencil signature is visible in the lower margin attesting to the personal vetting of the artist. The exhibit also dives into the process of engraving, etching, and lithography. These three techniques are the primary methods of printmaking, the oldest of which – engraving – dates to the Renaissance. Visual examples of each process accompany the written definitions, which we hope will help to clarify the three printmaking techniques.

Print + Process
  • The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate
  • 111 Cedar Street
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • April 28, 2017 to February 28, 2018
  • Recurring daily


The Rockwell Museum: A Smithsonian Affiliate

111 Cedar Street
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5386
Come experience our collection of art about America that tells the story of the American experience! The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. There are many reasons why you should bring your family to experience The Rockwell. We offer guided tours that you can book as a group, or you are welcome to explore the Museum on your own. Open daily, The Rockwell welcomes the young and the young-at-heart to explore Art About America. From Art Hunts to our NEW Family Exploration Studio, the museum is designed to make art accessible to kids, and inspire an appreciation for art at a young age. Kids love our activities, and parents become gallery experts to guide their families through the story of art throughout America. Young museum-goers will adore the opportunity to explore on their own. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building Historic Old City Hall in Corning, New York, The Rockwell lays at the heart of the greater Finger Lakes fine arts community. Kids and teens 17 and under are always free and enjoy the complimentary shuttle from The Corning Museum of Glass.