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Current Exhibition


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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.
MARCH 17, 6-8pm: OPENING Reception.

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 1-3pm:
“On Collecting”, Curator’s Lecture.

William Busta, of the respected William Busta Gallery, who was a key dealer in supporting local artists for over 26 years, has selected prints from his own collection of etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts and wood engravings from the Depression decade. Despite the dire economic times of the Great Depression, publishers of original prints, associations, clubs, groups and societies provided an opportunity for American artists to thrive.

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.


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