Make Your Mark: Prints from the Rick Bartow Print Archive
September 14 – December 20, 2019
The Maribeth Collins Lobby
Rick Bartow (Wiyot, 1946-2016) was a renowned Oregon artist who worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture. He was also a prolific printmaker and over the years created etchings, lithographs, and monoprints with different printmakers. This small exhibition focuses on Bartow’s devotion to drypoint etching, which represents his most favored printmaking technique.
Between 1997 and 2015, Bartow worked closely with Japanese printmaker Seiichi Hiroshima to create his drypoints. Their collaboration most often involved Hiroshima coming to Bartow’s studio on the Oregon Coast for one to two months, where they would develop the plates and edition the prints.
Bartow and his estate donated 362 prints to the collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA) in 2016 and 2017. These donations comprise the bulk of Bartow’s print archive and joined the 46 prints that were already part of the collection. The HFMA's collection represents the most comprehensive gathering of Bartow's prints and contains 408 in total – 331 drypoint etchings, 18 lithographs, 16 etchings, and 14 monoprints.