A print of a man striking a snake in front of a fireplace

Image credit: Wenceslaus Hollar, Czech Republic (1607 – 1677), Of the Husbandman and the Serpent, 17th century, etching, 10 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches, Gift of Nathan H. and Anna Creamer, in memory of their son George Louis Creamer, 79.1426.87. Copyright Regents of the University of Colorado. Photo: Jeff Wells. 

Persuasive Prints

February 6–March 21, 2020
Opening reception February 6, 5—7 p.m.

Prints from the CU Art Museum’s collection demonstrate how artists and printmakers combine image, text and technique to persuade viewers. Curated by graduate students in CU’s museum practicum seminar, this exhibition brings together engravings, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts created from the 1500s to today. While some of the works are designed to sway public opinion by expressing official or institutional views, others are more subtle in their approach, expressing personal opinion or perspective. In this cross section of images, the curators ask how do prints communicate with viewers? How has printmaking contributed overtime to a public dialogue?

Curated by graduate students: Allyson Burbeck, Alex Elliott, Kristin Enright, Avery Glassman, Taylor Hosford, Brittany Hughes, Ashley Muggli, Alexis Newton.

This exhibition and programming is generously supported by CU Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees and CU Art Museum members.

View a gallery of exhibition photos here.