Welcome to the 25th Annual McNay Print Fair!
We wish to thank our members, donors, and the entire San Antonio community for making the Print Fair a success these last 25 years. This weekend, as we commemorate our silver anniversary, the McNay takes tremendous pride in being the only major print fair in the Southwestern United States. And despite the challenges of this extraordinary year in our world’s history, this beloved San Antonio tradition continues—this year in our first-ever, all-virtual format—because of your passion and generous support.
The McNay is on track to becoming San Antonio’s place of belonging, where the Museum’s expanding community is reflected in transformational art experiences. Thanks to a truly talented team, led by the McNay’s brilliant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Curator of Modern Art, Lyle Williams, this year’s print fair will help us advance our vision and be that place of beauty and belonging for everyone.
We are honored to welcome back the many art dealers who participated in the 2020 McNay Print Fair. Among this year’s highlights are interviews with participating art dealers and printmakers, printmaking demonstrations, and a special behind-the-scenes look inside the McNay Print Room. There, Lyle will discuss the concept of originality as well as the characteristics of the different kinds of prints people will experience this weekend.
Thank you all for supporting the 25th Annual McNay Print Fair—now an artistic force across our region. Here’s to celebrating the next 25 years of exhibiting, acquiring, and experiencing excellence in prints and drawings—together—at the McNay.
McNay Director and CEO
Born in Belgium, Bernard Derroitte studied art history at the Catholic University of Leuven, with a year of study aboard in Berlin, Germany. He met his spouse in Berlin and moved to the United States in 1998. After working for Richard Reed Armstrong for 8 years, Bernard took over Armstrong Fine Art in 2006. In 2018, Bernard launched Mesh Art Gallery, alongside Armstrong Fine Art. Mesh is an online dealership in contemporary works on paper by independent artists. Starting in 2018, the inventory shown by Armstrong Fine was also diversified, away from primarily showing French prints to works on paper from an ever-greater plurality of cultures.
Sam Davidson founded Davidson Galleries in Seattle in 1973 based heavily on his 5 years at Ferdinand Roten Galleries in Baltimore where he had focused on inventory distribution and catalog publication. He continued to publish catalogs and to travel the collection in the western third of the U.S. to museums, art centers and universities for one or two day events. In the late 1970s the gallery added regular monthly in-gallery exhibitions. The gallery sponsors international invitationals in mezzotint, wood engraving, and Artist Stamps.
Founded in 1981, Mary Ryan Gallery specializes in modern and post-war/contemporary prints and works on paper. Our long-standing commitment to prints and works on paper has translated to established relationships with museums and curators throughout the United States and abroad, as well as extensive experience guiding collectors as they build their collections over decades. Its sister gallery RYAN LEE is home to an international roster of contemporary artists working in a diverse array of media. A champion of both established and emerging artists, RYAN LEE is committed to presenting innovative and pioneering exhibitions across the spectrum of contemporary art practices.
Ruiz-Healy Art, in business since 2006, specializes in contemporary works of art with an emphasis on Latinx and Latin American artists, as well as working with prominent Texas-based artists. With galleries in San Antonio, Texas, and New York City, Ruiz-Healy Art’s continuous investments in these underrepresented areas have remained a longstanding signature of the gallery program.
After working with the great New York print dealer Sylvan Cole at Associated American Artists, I opened in SoHo in 1988. We’ve been private dealers since 2015. The focus is on American prints and unique works on paper, of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including the New Deal-WPA Era, Urban/Industrial Realism, Modernism, and Surrealism.
Tandem Press is a publisher of fine art prints that hosts internationally renowned artists in its studio space, assisting them as they create original fine art editions. Using an array of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques, Tandem Press stands at the forefront of research, experimentation, and new developments in the field of printmaking and has established itself as a leader among international fine art print publishers.
Since its inception in 1987, Tandem Press has produced original fine art editions by numerous world-renowned artists including Derrick Adams, Lynda Benglis, Suzanne Caporael, Robert Cottingham, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Jeffrey Gibson, Sam Gilliam, Michelle Grabner, Al Held, Robert Kelly, David Lynch, Maser, Judy Pfaff, Alison Saar, Sean Scully, David Shapiro, Alan Shields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Swoon, and Mickalene Thomas.
The Annex Galleries is celebrating its 50th year. Over the year we have assembled an inventory of over 8000 works from primarily the 19th through 21st centuries. Our specialties include color woodcut, Atelier 17, and Abstract Expressionist prints from the 1940s and 1950s. Our inventory also includes works by dozens of women printmakers and a broad cross-section of American, Latino, European, and Asian printmakers of the 20th century.
For over four years, 365 days a year, the gallery has featured a Print of the Day!!, examining a work and artist from our inventory and a short discussion of some aspect of the work. We continue to add biographies for overlooked printmakers whose work he have, lest they be forgotten by the internet driven information network.
The gallery represents the estates of Gustave Baumann, whose works were assembled into a catalogue raisonné by the gallery’s director Gala Chamberlain: In a Modern Rendering – The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann: A Catalogue Raisonné; as well as Edmond Casarella, Bernard Childs, Augusta Rathbone, and William S. Rice, to name a few.
For nearly 25 years Warnock Fine Arts has specialized in contemporary prints from a wide range of European, American and Latinx printmakers. Our goal is to seek out printmakers who have developed their own authentic voice, as well as mastering the printmaking skills that have endured for five centuries.
William P. Carl deals in late 19th and 20th century fine prints. He’s been in the business since 1976 and specializes in American, French, English, Belgian and Dutch prints.
We sell to many museums as well as to established collectors. We actively seek to attract new collectors to the world of prints through our website and various print fairs around the country.
William R. Talbot Fine Art specializes in 19th century Americana, antique maps of the Southwest, and superb Regionalist artworks from New Mexico. The gallery has been operating in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1986 and is focused on the elastic theme of “the West”. William R. Talbot has helped build important collections throughout the country for both private and institutional clients.
Join a McNay educator to create fun prints using a tortilla press! 🎨
Printmaking is an art process where ink is transferred from a printing plate onto paper. In relief printmaking, artists carve designs into wood or linoleum. Ink does not go into the places that the artist carved away, similar to a stamp. The artist rolls on ink with a brayer (roller), places paper on top, and runs it through a printing press. The pressure of the press transfers the ink to the paper. In this
project, you can make a relief print using a piece of styrofoam. Using a pencil, incise a design into the soft foam and then sponge on paint and print.