Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking

Exhibition Dates: June 15—August 25, 2019
Opening Celebration (Friday Night at the Art Center): Friday, June 21, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

Kathy Aoki, (She) Twerkin', 2014

Kathy Aoki, (She) Twerkin', 2014, stone lithography with watercolor, 18x24 in., courtesy of the artist

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the most creative and innovative print studios in the country. Locally and internationally renowned artists have created new work with master printers at presses which include Arion Press, Crown Point Press, Electric Works, Gallery 16, Greunwald Press, KALA, Magnolia Editions, Mullowney Printing, Paulson Fontaine Press, Trillium Graphics, and Smith Andersen Editions. For this exhibition, the Art Center has collected pieces produced at these notable presses in order to celebrate the rich tradition of fine art printmaking, showcasing its many processes and results. With our accompanying artist-in-residence program highlighting local printmakers for short, nine-day residencies, the Center intends to engage the public directly in the power of printmaking. And through our Summer of Printmaking, inspire our visitors to try their hand at this dynamic and always-evolving form of expression.

Darren Almond Marcel Dzama Greg Niemeyer and Roger Antonsen 
Kathy Aoki Stella Ebner Nathan Olivera
Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordstrom David Gilhooly Deborah Oropallo
Tauba Auerbach Takuji Hamanaka Mel Ramos
Miya Ando Frank Lobdell Gustavo Rivera
Sandow Birk Diogenes Lucero Maurice Sendak
Rebeca Bollinger Fred Martin William Wiley
Enrique Chagoya Michael Mazur Joe Zirker
Robert Crumb Kerry James Marshall Jessica Dunne

Patrick Dougherty: Whiplash


“My affinity for trees as a material seems to come from a childhood spent wandering the forest around Southern Pines, North Carolina. . .When I turned to sculpture as an adult, I was drawn to sticks as a plentiful and renewable resource.”  —Patrick Dougherty

Whiplash, 2016, by North Carolina Artist Patrick Dougherty was created during a three-week artist residency. His sustainable willow material came from upstate New York, and was shaped in a process similar to basketry, but which the artist describes as akin to drawing. Patrick has created more than 275 monumental, site-specific sculptures on the grounds of museums, universities, botanical gardens, and private residences worldwide. His compelling sculptures evoke woodland architecture or gargantuan nests.

Whiplash was supported by the Palo Alto Art Center, the Palo Alto Public Art Program, and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, with support from William Reller, Pat Bashaw and Eugene Segre, Catharine and Dan Garber, Barbara Jones, Nicki and Pete Moffat, Nancy Mueller, Anne and Craig Taylor, the Acton Family Fund, and more than 40 community donors to the Foundation’s first crowd funding initiative.