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Carnegie opens anniversary season with Making Your Mark exhibit
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William T. Wiley, Eerie Grotto? Okini (Eerie Grotto? Please), 1982, Color woodcut on handmade paper (Photos by IA&A).

The Carnegie Arts Center’s 10th Anniversary Season will open with the exhibition Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection, on view starting today through Jan. 2, 2022.

Making Your Mark: Prints and Drawings from the Hechinger Collection brings together a rich array of works on paper, breaking down the various methods and materials used in modern artistic practice. Showcasing more than 50 superb prints, drawings and photographs, this exhibition samples the breadth and beauty of the Hechinger Collection, which has the unique theme of hand tools and hardware. Focusing on the creative process, the featured works represent a variety of media and disciplines at an artist’s disposal. Audiences will learn about these varied techniques and see examples of how artists express themselves through their choice of media.

Some of the most influential artists of the 20th century are featured in the exhibition, including Berenice Abbott, Jim Dine, Richard Estes, Walker Evans, Howard Finster, Ke Francis, Jacob Lawrence, Hans Namuth, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind, and Wayne Thiebaud.

Making Your Mark begins with drawings, explores four distinct printing methods, then shifts to the final technique, photography — whose name unites the Greek words for light (photos) and drawing (graph)—bringing the exhibition full circle. Each section features the complexities of the unique artistic process, highlighting the relationship between the tools that are the subjects and the tools used by the artist to depict them. As a plumber might use a wrench or a carpenter use a hammer to do their work, we can’t help but notice how the artist uses the etching needle, printing press, or camera to create something special.

The Carnegie plans to hold three printmaking workshops during the exhibition’s run; two on the screenprinting process (Sept. 25 and Oct. 16-17), followed by a relief printing workshop (Nov. 13-14). Full details can be found on the education page of the Carnegie’s website.