The Sharkive is an internationally important collection of prints created in the studio of Bud and Barbara Shark. The collection represents a significant chapter in post-war American printmaking, featuring works by an impressive roster of contemporary artists.  In early 2018, through a partnership with the Sharks and the Kemper Family Foundations, UMB Bank Trustee, the CU Art Museum acquired The Sharkive ensuring its long-term preservation as a learning resource for our students. Transfer of The Sharkive to the CU Art Museum will begin in summer 2019.


Shark’s Lithography (now Shark’s Ink) opened in 1976 in Boulder, Colorado, and moved to Lyons, Colorado, in 1998. Since then, master printer Bud Shark has collaborated with many of the nation’s most distinguished artists to produce and publish hundreds of innovative prints. The Sharkive comprises over 2,700 prints and related materials from 40 years of collaborative work in lithography, monotype and woodcut. It contains the final print from each of more than 700 limited editions and a rich assortment of preparatory materials—drawings, reference materials, color trial proofs, proofs with paper alternatives and artist and printer notes, and color separation proofs—that reveal the artistic and the printmaking processes.


  • Make The Sharkive widely available to students, scholars and the broader community for interdisciplinary, object-based research and learning in the museum’s study rooms and through exhibitions and publications.
  • Preserve and make accessible Shark Ink’s innovative legacy, and as a cornerstone of Colorado’s cultural heritage, for posterity.
  • Position the CU Art Museum as an important destination for the study of the contemporary visual arts and printmaking from the 16th century to the present.