Prints and Drawings

Over two-thirds of FWMoA's permanent collection are works on paper: prints, drawings, photographs, and watercolor representing three centuries and hundreds of makers and mediums. Much of this collection is housed in the Print and Drawing Study Center, a hybrid gallery and research center open to the public.

The history of American printmaking stretches over the last three centuries and is as vibrant as any other medium in the visual arts.  However, full appreciation of the fine art print has long been clouded by confusion, which may stem from the print-making process and delicacies and complexities of the medium itself.  To demystify all of this and open everyone's eyes to the rich and engaging realm of prints and printmaking, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has created a center through which the public can explore the many dimensions of prints, their makers, and their processes.

The PDSC allows members of the community to interact with works on paper that may not be on current public view.  Studying a work up close, without a glass barrier, is an entirely different experience than many have in the traditional gallery setting. 

The PDSC at FWMoA is a catalyst for educational opportunities not only for veteran professionals, but for first-time visitors as well. Everything from college and university class visits, to guided tours, to individual appointments for research is possible in the Center. 

The Print & Drawing Study Center is open to the public Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm or by appointment. Contact Sachi Yanari-Rizzo at 260.422.6467, ext. 336 or sachi.yanari@fwmoa.org  to schedule a visit.

Please note that the PDSC's doors, just off the main galleries, remain closed at all times to maintain humidity and temperature standards that keep works on paper safe. These closed doors are unlocked during the PDSC's open hours, and we encourage you to visit this unique museum resource during those times.

Print Room Talks // Third Wednesday of the month at 2pm // Free with museum admission
Meet in the Print and Drawing Study Center to learn more about the art and processes of different time periods through a close-up study of different types of prints and drawings. Print Room Talks are led by Curator of Prints and Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo, and are free with museum admission.

The 2018-19 exhibition schedule features artists using a variety of printmaking processes.  These range from the richly detailed wood engravings of Winslow Homer to the picturesque landscapes of Brown County to the bold, colorful silkscreened images of Chuck Sperry.  For many museum visitors printmaking terms are unfamiliar.  During Print Room talks we will examine examples of printmaking techniques up-close and learn about artists from the permanent collection, who chose to work with these different printmaking processes. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2:00pm - Relief: Woodcut, Wood Engraving and Linocut
To make a relief print, the artist cuts away material on the surface of a block (often times made of wood or linoleum) leaving the design in relief.  The raised design is then inked and printed.  Woodcuts by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer will be contrasted with contemporary examples.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 2:00pm - Silkscreen
Silkscreen (also known as screen print and serigraph) is a process in which a screen is masked by a stencil to produce the design.  The artists uses a squeegee to pull the ink across the screen, forcing the ink through the mesh and transferring to the paper below.  Among the artists on view will be Pop artists Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, who popularized silkscreen prints in the 1960s.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 2:00pm - Lithography
In lithography the design remains in the same plane as the surface of the stone, unlike intaglio and relief prints. The design is drawn on the stone with a greasy material and then chemically fixed. The ink adheres only to the design. Artists such as Honoré Daumier and Alphonse Mucha are best known for their works in lithography.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2:00pm - Intaglio, Part 1: Drypoint, Engraving and Mezzotint
We will look at intaglio processes (drypoint, engraving, and mezzotint) in which the artist directly cuts the design into the surface of the metal plate, which leaves behind an incised mark. These recessed marks will hold the ink to print. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 2:00pm  - Intaglio, Part 2: Etching and Aquatint
Etching and aquatint are intaglio processes in which the artist utilizes the help of acid to bite the lines into the surface of the metal plate.  These recessed marks will hold the ink to print.  Several works by Francisco de Goya and James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be on view, among others.

The images shown on our website represent notable selections from our permanent collection of art. These works of art may or may not be on physical display at FWMoA, although some are shown from time to time, depending on our curatorial intent. Please visit the Exhibitions page  to see what’s on display in our galleries.

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