Monotypes Today XIV on display through May at UMass Medical School

April 18, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass ...Monotypes Today XIV, an exhibition featuring the works of 10 artists, will be on display for the first time in Massachusetts beginning May 4 in the Medical School lobby. Assembled in 1976 by artist Roger Crossgrove of Storrs, Conn., the show has continually featured groups of monotypists who reflect a variety of moods, styles and subjects in their artwork.

With its roots in the 17th century, the monotype combines fine art with the craft of printing: a drawing or painting is transferred to paper via a press. According to Crossgrove, who has worked in this medium for 50 years, artists respond to one chief characteristic of the monotype - its "imaginative immediacy." He said, "The fact that the drawn, painted, manipulated inky image is transferred under pressure to the paper must take into account the lack of control, the unplanned happy accident that results." He added that artists today add pastel, watercolor, graphite and a variety of collage materials to their print editions.

Since its inception 24 years ago, Monotypes Today has been on display in museums, libraries, art galleries and at schools and universities throughout Connecticut. In addition to Crossgrove, the UMMS show will feature: Susan J. Amons of Biddeford, Maine; Chet Kempozynski of Hartford, Conn.; Walter Kendra of Collinsville, Conn.; Frances Kornbluth of North Grosvenordale, Conn.; Carol Kreider of Hampton, Conn.; Margot Rocklen of Woodbridge, Conn.; Harold Spencer of Ashford, Conn.; Diane Bowie-Zaitlin of Saco, Maine; and Joan Zamore of Milford, Conn.

Monotypes Today XIV will be on display through May 30 and is open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 13 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Three additional exhibits on display throughout the month include: pastels by Nancy von Hone in Clinic III, Level I of the University hospital; watercolors by Anne Ennis in Level I of the Benedict Building; and "Works on Paper" by Constance Salter in Levels II and III of Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

"What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.