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WHAT: The Fifth Minnesota National Print Biennial
with a special concurrent exhibition:
Warrington Colescott: Selections from the History of Printmaking, Louisiana, and Last Judgment Series

WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
WHEN: November 21, 2006 – January 11, 2007


RELATED EVENTS: Lecture by Clarence Morgan, painter and printmaker, Thursday, December 7th at 6:00


With ninety works by 77 artists hailing from 43 U.S. states and Canada, The Fifth Minnesota National Print Biennial offers an opportunity for both casual visitors and seasoned printmakers to immerse themselves in the wide range of style, expression and techniques found among contemporary prints.


A total of 1,295 prints by 374 artists were submitted to the Print Biennial’s curatorial process. The curators for the exhibition were: John Buck, sculptor and print artist; Ken Bloom, Director of the Tweed Museum of Art; and Barbara Yoshida, artist and photographer. As Minneapolis Star Tribune art critic Mary Abbe notes, “ With its full range of media – there are digital, inkjet, and photolitho images as well as traditional techniques – and attitudes that sweep from poignant insight to ribald humor, the Fifth Biennial offers an insightful snapshot of printmaking today.”


The Minnesota National Print Biennial has been organized every two years for the past 10 years by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Art and its Katherine E. Nash Gallery, where it was shown last month. While the Tweed Museum of Art has purchased selected prints from the Biennial since its inception, this is the first time the exhibition itself has been hosted in the Northland.


A free opening reception for the Biennial will be held on December 7th, at 7pm, following a 6pm lecture by Clarence Morgan, a Twin Cities painter and printmaker, who is also Chair of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Art Department, organizer of the exhibition.

Concurrent with the Minnesota National Print Biennial, the Tweed Museum of Art will present an exhibition of the prints of Warrington Colescott, featuring key images from his Louisiana, History of Printmaking, and Last Judgment Series. Colescott, Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is known internationally for his satirical prints, about which one curator has said, “Narration is at the core of Colescott’s art: the source of its journalistic aspect goes back to a childhood fascination with comic strips and to his college involvement in political and sports cartoons. Humor is the lubricant that smoothes the way for barbs aimed at humanity’s foibles and institutions’ cruelties. The pompous edifice of culture, politics, and current fashion threatens to totter and fall when Colescott renders it.”



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