First logo of The Boston Printmakers

70th Year, logo of The Boston Printmakers

Debra Olin, Rooting, woodcut, 72” x 36”

Bernard Brussel-Smith, American (1914-1989), Meditation or Cafeteria Philosopher, 1940, Wood engraving, 6 1/8 x 4 1/8

Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2015, relief print from a Slinky® matrix on paper with deckled edges, 20 1/2 x 22 inches (52.1 x 55.9 cm), edition of 25

Carol Summers, Siennese Landscape, woodcut, Boston Public Library, The Boston Printmakers Collection

Goosefish Press

Symposium Schedule to download

The Boston Printmakers: 70 Years

An Anniversary Symposium
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Fifteen venues in Boston and Cambridge
Recently it has become a tradition to celebrate the decades of The Boston Printmakers with special events, exhibitions, and receptions as this venerable institution marches along. This year Boston City Hall, the Boston Public Library, Lesley University, the Boston-Cambridge art communities, and the executive board of The Boston Printmakers have collaborated to create: “The Boston Printmakers: 70 Years,” a day long symposium on prints and printmaking to take place Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10am-6pm at 15 institutions and galleries from Boston to Cambridge.

We thank the art community for supporting The Boston Printmakers, now and in the past.

For this anniversary, we have invited museum curators to participate in a panel discussion on print collecting and printmaking and during the afternoon session, three museums will invite symposium guests into special collections and on a curator-led tour. Saturday, March 3 will be the final weekend of the 2017 North American Print Biennial held at Lesley University College of Art and Design, which also hosts The Boston Printmakers Student Exhibition and a print installation by local artist Randy Garber.


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, the Boston Public Library will present, “The Common Wealth of Prints: A Dialog between Five Bay State Collections.” Hosted by library president David Leonard with curators from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harvard Art Museums, deCordova Museum, Worcester Art Museum and the Boston Public Library, this panel discussion will provide insight into the wealth of prints and print collections in and around Boston.

Participating venues

Boston: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston Athenaeum, Boston City Hall, Boston Public Library; Childs Gallery, Emerson Urban Arts: Media Gallery, Krakow Witkin Gallery
SoWA district: Adelson Galleries, Goosefish Press, Guari Collection, International Poster Gallery, Shepherd Studio
Cambridge: Harvard Art Museums, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Vandernoot Gallery


Pre-symposium events
Friday, March 2
See invite
3 – 5pm: Opening Reception
March Four Women
Works by Four Boston Printmakers: Clara Lieu, Emily Lombardo, Carolyn Muskat, Debra Olin
March 2 – 31, 2018
Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall

5pm – 9pm: SoWA First Friday
450 – 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston



Download Tours of Museum Collections

TO REGISTER: Send an email to with your choice and one alternate choice in case sessions are full. Be specific about session times where they are listed; entry details and location will be given with registration confirmation
_____ BOSTON ATHENAEUM: arrive at 10 1/2 Beacon Street at 1:30pm, you will be split into 2 groups to have the collection and building tour in 2 parts
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON arrive at 465 Huntington Avenue 5 minutes before session begins
_____ Session 1: 1:30 – 2:15pm
_____ Session 2: 2:30 – 3:00pm
_____ Session 3: CANCELLED
HARVARD ART MUSEUMS: arrive at 32 Quincy Street 5 minutes before session begins
_____ Session 1: 1:45 – 2:30pm
_____ Session 2: 2:45 – 3:30pm

Symposium Schedule
Saturday, March 3
10:00am: Welcome and Registration
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library Main Branch
On screen:
Digital Debut: The Boston Printmakers Collection, 1948-2017
This collection of over 125 works collected from 70 years of exhibitions has been digitized and made available online.
11am-12:30pm: “The Common Wealth of Prints: A Dialog between Five Bay State Collections”
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library Main Branch
12:30-1:30: Lunch Break and Travel Time
(MBTA map and street maps will be provided.) Fenway SoWA mapBack Bay Beacon Hill MapMBTA Camb Boston
Good eats at Prudential Center or on Boylston, Newbury, Dartmouth, Clarendon & Tremont Streets, and throughout SoWA!
1:30-4pm: City-wide Exhibitions and Special Events
• Galleries on Newbury Street, downtown, and the SoWA District
• The Boston Printmakers Biennial Exhibitions at Lesley University, Cambridge
Timed events: 1:30-3:30pm: The 2017 North American Print Biennial, The Boston Printmakers Student Exhibition, and Print Installation by Randy Garber
• Member Hosted Reception at the Print Biennial 1:30-3:00pm
• Randy Garber HearSay: Visualizing the Space between Silence and Sound/ Confusion and Clarity, artist’s talk 2:00pm
• Student Hosted Gallery Talk
2:30pm 1:30-3:30pm: Special Tours of Museum Collections (registration required*)
• Boston Athenaeum tour and Print Study Room presentation (2 groups of 15)
• Harvard Art Museums gallery tour of Paper Rotations (2 groups of 15)
• Museum of Fine Arts Print Room presentation (3 – 30 minute sessions for 20)
Closing Event: 4:00-6:00pm: William Kentridge: Triumphs and Laments
Emerson Urban Arts, Media Gallery, 25 Avery Street, Boston
Co-curated by Joe Ketner, Director and Pamela Allara, Professor emerita, Brandeis University
5:00pm: Curator Talk, Pamela Allara

NOTE: Participants may plan their day by “neighborhood” and use the time schedule and listings to head out to Back Bay Beacon Street, the Fenway or South End (SoWA district) or to Cambridge: Harvard and Porter Squares. The symposium begins at the Boston Public Library at 10am and ends at Emerson Urban Arts downtown at 6pm, and the day has been timed to allow for lunch and travel between sessions.

Event Details:

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