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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. Through a partnership with the Sharks and with the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, the CU Art Museum has the opportunity to acquire The Sharkive and ensure its long-term preservation as a learning resource for our students.
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.
Read the CU Boulder press release here: CU Art Museum kicks off fundraising campaign to acquire Sharkive print collection.