About This Event

Micah Schwaberow, China Cove, Morning Light, 2013. Japanese method woodcut (mokuhanga), 7 1/2 x 16 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from Conley Harris

1:30 pm | Director’s Welcome
1:40 pm |Josie Lopez, Curator, Albuquerque Museum

2:40 pm |Roger Genser, print dealer and scholar based in California, and a leading expert in Color Block Prints
3:30 pm | Barbara Thompson, independent art historian and granddaughter of C.A. Seward
4:30 pm | Q & A discussion with audience and speakers
5 pm | Print Forum Reception
5:45 pm | C.A. Seward Dinner

The Wichita Art Museum presents the biennial Print Forum and C.A. Seward Dinner named for founding Prairie Print Maker C. A. Seward.

The Prairie Print Makers group was formed in 1930, when 11 of the best artists in Kansas gathered in the Lindsborg studio of artist Birger Sandzén. Leading the group’s formation was artist C. A. Seward. Planning to offer affordable artwork that would appeal to collectors, the Prairie Print Makers created etchings, silkscreens, aquatints, block prints, and lithographs. The collective continued until 1965.

The Forum offers an afternoon of illustrated talks on block prints. The talks expand upon WAM’s exhibitions The International Block Print Renaissance Then and Now: A Centennial Celebration of Block Prints in Wichita, Kansas, 1922-2022 and Learning from the Japanese: The International Block Print Renaissance. The Print Forum speakers will explore Wichita’s major role in expanding this renaissance.

The afternoon Print Forum is free and open to the public. The C.A. Seward Dinner is $55 per person and a cash bar will be available. RSVP deadline is Thursday, May 26. Please register online at wichitaartmuseum.org/forum to purchase dinner tickets.

 

 


About Our Speakers

Josie Lopez, Curator, Albuquerque Museum, and exhibition curator and catalogue author for 2017’s, The Carved Line: Block Printmaking in New Mexico

Roger Genser, print dealer and scholar based in California, and a leading authority on block prints

Barbara Thompson, independent art historian and granddaughter of C.A. Seward

Head and shoulders of a white man, receeding hairline with brown hair, wearing rounded frame wire-rimmed glasses and with a brown and gray mustache and closely trimmed beard. Dressed in a brown jacked and open-necked brown shirt. Background is the corner of a framed artwork with blue and pink mountains.

Roger Genser

Head and shoulders of a white woman with dark hair, dressed in black.

Josie Lopez

Head and shoulders of a white woman with short white hair, dressed in black jewel-neck

Barbara Thompson


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