Exhibition at Jule Collins Smith Museum examines Southern printmaking

Audubon in the Atchafalaya (Snowy Egret)AUBURN – A new exhibition,”Reconsidering Regionalism: Prints Inspired by the South 1951-2011,”is on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through July 23 in the Bill L. Harbert Gallery.

“Reconsidering Regionalism” examines themes that inform much of contemporary printmaking created in the American South and by artists from outside the region that comment on the area’s culture and politics.

The exhibition is co-curated by Lynn Barstis Williams Katz, a prominent collector from Auburn and a scholar in the field of Southern printmaking. It picks up where Katz’s prior survey of historic Southern prints exhibited at the museum, “Imprinting the South,” left off.

Beginning with works produced at mid-20th century and following through to the present, the assembled images by well-known and emerging artists offer a fresh panorama of the South: its social, economic, racial and geographic identity.

Included in the exhibition are prints by Radcliffe Bailey, Roger Brown, Warrington Colescott and many others. “Reconsidering Regionalism” features works in the museum’s permanent collection along with selected loans.

Katz will give a talk on the topic of reconsidering regionalism, Thursday, May 19, from 6-7 p.m., as part of the museum’s Third Thursday Late Night programming. A reception will follow.

Katz began collecting prints to support the research she was conducting as a library faculty member at Auburn University Libraries, where she served as art librarian and special collections librarian from 1989-2007. Her first book was a library art reference tool, “American Printmakers: An Index to Reproductions and Biocritical Information, 1880-1945.” She then began to focus on the image of the South in prints during the period 1880-1949. The book, “Imprinting the South: Southern Printmakers and Their Image of the Region, The 1920s-1940s,” was based on that research.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-1484.

Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

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