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Noted Printmaker Andrew Raftery to Speak in Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series

Posted 03/02/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Printmaker Andrew Raftery will present a lecture titled, “An Engraved Narrative of Contemporary Life.”  The talk, which is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, and is made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund. It will take place on Thursday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, which is on the lower level of the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus.

Art historical research is closely aligned with Raftery’s studio practice. In his position as professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), he often collaborates with the RISD Museum on exhibitions and educational programs, recently as consulting curator for The Brilliant Line: The Journey of the Early Modern Engraver – fall 2009 at the RISD Museum and at the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Currently he is working on an exhibition at the National Academy Museum, Visualizing Time: American Narrative Prints, opening May 2013.

Trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale, Raftery has focused on burin engraving for the past 15 years, publishing the portfolios Suit Shopping in 2002 and Open House in 2008. Both projects were exhibited at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York and were collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the British Museum.

In 2003, Raftery received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2008 he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  He was elected to membership in the National Academy in 2009 and to Print Council of America in 2012.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or