• Hung Liu at work in the studio

    Hung Liu at work in the studio, 2015. © and courtesy Shark's Ink. Photo by Bud Shark.

  • Red Grooms at work in the studio

    Red Grooms at work in the studio, 2006. © and courtesy Shark's Ink. Photo by Bud Shark.


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.


  • 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.
  • Engage the community as a partner with the CU Art Museum to bring this stellar collection to the museum.