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'Printed in San Antonio,' McNay exhibition reveals tradition

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Nate Cassie, Sheet from Suite of Trees, 2011. Aquatint. Courtesy McNay Art Museum.


Any art museum exhibition can collect paintings, sculptures or prints connected through a unified topic, but what distinguishes "Printed in San Antonio," Williams notes, is "we were able to acquire the copper plates used in [the prints'] production. These have already proved invaluable in talking to classes about the printmaking process." The worn copper plates are industrial ghosts, bearing the sacrificial scars of their prints and printmakers.

The rich history of printmaking is not lost on the current generation of local artists.

"We're very fortunate to have a very active printmaking scene here in San Antonio," says Williams about printmaking programs at Trinity, University of Texas San Antonio, and Southwest School of Art. "These programs and presses have greatly increased the quantity and quality of printmaking in San Antonio."

From a displaced German immigrant, to a Parisian-educated expat, to a resident artist, the historical merit to "Printed in San Antonio" defies much of the exhibition's layout. In mere steps, a visitor can span generations of local art, from the late Reggie Rowe to current UTSA printmaking professor Dennis Olsen, gathered from all reaches of life, that have finally come home.

Printed in San Antonio

$5-$10
Noon-5pm Sun
10am-4pm Tue, Wed, Fri
10am-9pm Thu
10am-5pm Sat
McNay Art Museum
6000 N Braunfels
(210) 824-5368
mcnayart.org
Through May 12

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