Mary Spencer, "Two Queens," 1994, Oil monotype, 22 ½” x 39 ¾”
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross will present “re-Think INK: 25 Years at the Mixit Print Studio,” an extensive collection of work created at the Mixit Print Studio. The studio, a Boston-area printmaking cooperative founded in 1987, is located in the former Mixit Soap Factory. The Cantor Gallery will present the work in two sections throughout the fall semester, extending into January. The first installation will be on view from August 23 – October 26, and the second installation, opening November 7, will remain in the gallery until January 31, 2014. An opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
First shown at the Boston Public Library during the summer of 2012, the exhibition highlights one of Boston’s premier intellectual and artistic printmaking communities. The collection includes a special portfolio of prints assembled to commemorate the studio’s 25th anniversary; a selection of works juried by Karen Shafts, Assistant Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public Library; and several installation/three-dimensional pieces that incorporate printmaking techniques into their construction.
The juried and installation work will be divided between the two installations, while the portfolio pieces will be on display for the entire run of the exhibition.
“re-Think INK” was organized by Randy Garber, Jane Goldman, and Catherine Kernan, partners of the Mixit Print Studio. Serving as an influential resource for greater Boston area artists, the organizers state that the Mixit Studio “has served as crossroads, meeting place, intellectual and artistic fomenting pot,” with old hand to neophyte, “benefiting from the casual sharing of technical expertise, the spacious, well-equipped facility, and the supportive community spirit of the studio.”
Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, says there is an interesting mix of themes and ideas evident in the work. “The show is a fantastic representation of contemporary print-making at its finest and I think you can see the collaborative nature of the Mixit Print Studio influencing the artists in a good way.”
Hankins is pleased to have the opportunity to bring “re-Think INK” to the Worcester area, particularly since the work of Susan Schmidt, professor of visual arts at Holy Cross is included in the exhibition. “Susan has taught printmaking courses here for many years and is an active and accomplished artist and printmaker who has inspired students to explore this medium,” says Hankins.
A series of public lectures, tours and demonstrations will be offered throughout the run of the exhibition. Please visit the Cantor Art Gallery’s website for complete details as they become available.
Please see the gallery’s website for a list of artists’ talks to be scheduled throughout the exhibition.
Celebrating 30 years of art at the Cantor Art Gallery
Founded in 1983 through the generosity of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor, the Cantor Art Gallery serves both as a venue for a changing series of historical and contemporary public exhibitions, as well as a vital resource for Holy Cross faculty and students, linking exhibitions to the broader liberal arts curriculum.
The hours for the Cantor Art Gallery are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is located in O’Kane Hall, 1st Floor, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, Mass., 01610. Visitors needing assistance with handicap accessibility should contact Public Safety at 508-793-2011. Admission to the gallery is free.
For additional information please call 508-793-3356 or visit the Gallery’s website at: holycross.edu/cantorartgallery.