Ghost Images: prints from the William Busta Archives and Zygote Press the first golden age of Cleveland printmakers.
Zygote Press Gallery. March 17 – April 15, 2017.
Bill collected prints circulated by the Cleveland Print-a-Month Club whose activities aimed at increasing the democratic reach of art by making it affordable for a larger market and accessible to the wider public. The Federal Art Project gave out-of-work artists a regular paycheck, and hired a diverse group of artists – women and African Americans as well as white males – to produce art for public buildings and for display in tax-supported institutions. Artists portrayed the issues of the day: labor, economic progress, recreation, adversity and hard times, the Dust Bowl, and urban and rural life. The prints in the show present a diversity of subject matter through a wide range of printmaking techniques.
Bill Busta, a founding Board Member of Zygote Press and a committed supporter of printmaking, brings together these print-parallels and contrasts with Zygote’s 20 year archive collection. Special thanks to Zygote’s committed archivist, Corrie Slawson and Jake Hatmaker for their support and technical assistances with this exhibition.