Visitors to the "Contemporary African American Printmakers" exhibit at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery (4245 East Ave.) will gain something more than a pleasant afternoon of art viewing. Presented by Deborah Ronnen Fine Art, the exhibit focuses on 13 living, renowned African-American artists who regularly incorporate printmaking into their artwork. While visitors will see more than 30 works across a diverse range of print techniques, such as etching, lithography, wood block, screen print, gravure, and more, they will also gain knowledge of the printmaking process. As a backdrop to the artwork displayed, clips from "Art21—Art in the Twenty-First Century," a Peabody Award-winning PBS series, will feature participating artists describing their work and process. Artist names that may stand out to those familiar with the field are Kara Walker, Martin Puryear, and Mickalene Thomas.
The exhibit is being held in conjunction with Rochester's premiere of Garth Fagan's new work, "Lighthouse/Lightning Rod," which features music by Wynton Marsalis. "Contemporary African American Printmakers" will represent the show's set designer, Alison Saar, in four prints.
Visitors can see the exhibit Friday, November 9, through Friday, December 21, with an opening reception this Friday 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays noon-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays noon-8 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Note that the gallery will be closed November 22-23. For more information call 389-5073 or visit naz.edu/art/arts-center-gallery.