The Bristol Art Museum announces its next exhibit, “All Types,” featuring a vast printmaking portfolio by 25 artists from the Providence Art Club. The exhibit is guest curated by Carol Strause FitzSimonds and will be on display from Friday, October 15 to Sunday, December 19, Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. An Artist’s Reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum.
In collaboration with the Rogers Free Library, the Museum is also sponsoring “It Takes All Types: A Drawing and Printmaking Exhibit,” a community exhibit comprised of submissions from local and regional artists juried by FitzSimonds. That exhibit also opens on Fri., Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 19.
Complementing the exhibits are two events relative to printmaking: a virtual presentation by renowned art historian, gallerist, and appraiser Michael Rose titled, A Fine Line: Provocative Printmaking in Art History, on Thurs., Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. and a demonstration on Relief Printmaking & Multiple Plate Woodcuts by Providence artist Angel Dean and Newport artist Elizabeth Goddard on Sat., Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Museum.
FITZSIMONDS ON THE ALL TYPES EXHIBIT AT THE BRISTOL ART MUSEUM “The prints in this portfolio speak to both personal and national issues,” said FitzSimonds. “Collectively, they document a unique time, a time when the use of superlatives -- unprecedented, incomprehensible, unfathomable -- became commonplace. A time when artists sought to understand a world of distortions, discord, and disease and responded with various measures of wit, clarity, and integrity. Printmaking has a long and proud tradition as a visual voice; it is exercised here using both beauty and ugliness to speak through these prints.”
IT TAKES ALL TYPES EXHIBIT AT THE ROGERS FREE LIBRARY Composition, approach to subject, presentation, technical expertise, and clarity of vision were key factors influencing FitzSimonds’s selection of work to be included in the exhibit. The exhibit at the Rogers Free Library includes 28 entries. Entries selected for recognition will be announced when the exhibit opens.
ABOUT FITZSIMONDS According to her website, FitzSimonds, who teaches classes and workshops in printmaking for the Providence Art Club, graduated with a degree in art from Hollins College. She studied design, drawing, and printmaking classes at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, and at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.
FitzSimonds has exhibited in several regional and national exhibitions across the United States and overseas in Australia, Czechoslovakia, and Northern Ireland. Her award-winning prints, drawings and artist books can be found in public and private collections, including the Zimmerli Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Newport Art Museum, and New Britain Museum of American Art.
The print portfolio “Hot Type” was originally scheduled to open in Providence in 2021, but the exhibit was canceled due to the pandemic. Following the cancelation, the participating artists agreed that it was important to find another venue to exhibit the eclectic collection of printmaking pieces, transforming into “All Types” which includes the original portfolio as well as other works. The Bristol Art Museum is proud to sponsor this unique exhibit to introduce southeastern New England to this unique collaborative art form.