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PRINTED IN SAN ANTONIO
January 23 | May 12, 2013

The title of this show says it all: the works were all printed in San Antonio, some within walking distance of the museum, and some actually printed on the McNay’s grounds at the former San Antonio Art Institute. With one of the longest printmaking traditions in the state of Texas, San Antonio also had some of the earliest lithography shops, established in the 1800s. This exhibition celebrates that history with works drawn entirely from the McNay’s collection.

Mary Bonner, a friend of Marion Koogler McNay, was an active San Antonio etcher in the 1920s and ‘30s. Three prints drawn on the patio of the McNay residence are on view along with one of Bonner’s rare copper etching plates. The exhibition also features a group of works by Bill Reily who taught art at Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word) for nearly 40 years. His prints, inspired by Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso, are among the most significant modernist graphic works created in Texas in the mid-20th century.

Preserving this printmaking tradition into the 21st century, the McNay’s growing collection of contemporary prints includes works by San Antonio artists Nate Cassie, Janet Flohr, Jon Lee, Kent Rush, and Ethel Shipton. Some of these recent acquisitions appear for the first time at the McNay in this exhibition.

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This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.

The Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions are generously funding this exhibition.
 
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