During the 20th century, regional societies formed across the United States to promote and advance various printmaking techniques. The Northwest Printmakers organization, founded in 1928, included artists from Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah. Strong connections existed between the organization and the University of Washington; faculty members Glen Alps and Ambrose Patterson were among the organization’s founders.
The artists’ ambitions were international in scope. Washington State artists engaged in significant outreach to Japanese printmakers through formal and informal exchanges that included travel and exhibitions. Between 1948 and 1967, members presented their work frequently at the Henry Art Gallery. The Henry acquired works by members of the group through purchase awards granted to exhibiting artists. The organization was disbanded in 1970.
Frances Lee Wismer Baker [Blakemore] (U.S., 1906–1997)
Children Playing c. 1937–1939
Color woodcut on wove paper
13 9/16 x 8 15/16 in. (34.5 x 22.6 cm) image size
Henry Art Gallery, bequest of Miss Edna Benson, 69.23
Glen E. Alps (U.S., 1914–1996)
Still Life 1954
Collagraph on wove paper
22 7/8 x 28 1/8 in. (58.1 x 71.4 cm) plate mark size
Henry Art Gallery, gift of the Glen Alps Estate by the Alps family, 98.32
Louis Bunce (U.S., 1907–1983)
Screen print on wove paper
12 x 18 9/16 in. (30.5 x 47.2 cm) image size
Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Printmakers Exhibition Purchase Award, 1948, 48.9