Lucienne Bloch, American, born Switzerland, 1909–1999. Progress, 1936 (later state of 1935 edition) Woodcut on paper, 101/2 x 83/4 inches. Gift of Constance Evanoff Knaggs, David G. Knaggs and Michael B. Evanoff in honor of Genevieve and Michael W. Evanoff, 2021.55

On Press: Women Printmakers of the Early 20th Century

July 15, 2023 - October 8, 2023

Graphics Gallery

Despite women taking an active role in the American art scene since the mid-1830s, they still faced many challenges in a male dominated field by the turn of the century. By the early 1900s, the prospect of formal training and having a career as a female artist had become a reality, in part by the support of institutions, programs, and groups that practiced a gender-inclusive and democratic approach to art such as the Art Students League of New York, the American Artists Group, and federally funded opportunities like the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. This exhibition presents works on paper by female artists, from 1900 through the 1950s, who were seizing on these new opportunities and laying the foundation for future generations of artists. The etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs included in the exhibition range from portraits to landscapes and genre scenes that reflect the social realities of the time. Artists in the exhibition include Peggy Bacon, Minna Citron, Lucienne Bloch, and more.

From the Exhibition

  • Victoria Ebbels Hutson Huntley, American, 1900–1971. Babe in Arms, 1937. Lithograph on paper 157/8 x 115/16 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1989.27

  • Peggy Bacon, American, 1895 – 1987, An Object of Interest, 1941. Drypoint on paper, 11 13/16 × 15 13/16 in. (30.1 × 40.2 cm). Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson in memory of Mr. Robert Martin Purcell 1981.79