Women and Print: A Contemporary View

J. Catherine Bebout, Fated Specimans, Harbinger, 2005 Pigment print with etching and lithography, edition, 30 x 44 in., lent by the artist

J. Catherine Bebout, Fated Specimans, Harbinger, 2005
Pigment print with etching and lithography, edition, 30 x 44 in., lent by the artist

Scripps College starts off its year of exhibitions with Women and Print: A Contemporary View, the fifth in a series dedicated to outstanding women artists. While doors opened for the exhibition on August 30, an opening reception was held at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery on Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. The same day, from 3 to 5 p.m, the “Digital Technologies and Printmaking” symposium took place at the College’s Boone Recital Hall with Women and Print artists J. Catherine Bebout, Bernice Ficek-Swenson, Nancy Friese, and Rita Robillard and moderation by Susan Tallman, editor of Art in Print. The symposium was funded by the Scripps College Class of 1942. The exhibition runs through October 19th.

Identity, nature, and science predominate in this exhibition of contemporary printmaking. Through these themes, Women in Print investigates the art of the print. National in scope, the exhibition features 66 works by 27 artists, showcasing leading women printmakers who are working in new ways, often combining traditional and digital processes to produce hybrid prints with fresh expressive dimensions. Together, these works reveal the strength of work produced by women printmakers today.

The list of artists includes: J. Catherine Bebout; Anita Bunn; Sophie Calle; Squeak Carnwath; Amy Ellingson; Bernice Ficek-Swenson; Nancy Friese/Laurel Reuter; Monica Furmanski; Ellen Gallagher; Sandy Gellis; Catherine Kernan; Amanda Knowles; Karen Kunc; Sylvia Lark; Nancy Macko; Julie Mehretu; Karen Oremus; Ruby Osorio; Barbara Robertson; Rita Robillard; Paula Roland; Alison Saar; Mary Schina; Alyson Shotz; Pat Steir; Michelle Stuart; Sherrie Wolf.

A full-color catalog with essays on the works’ focal points of environment, politics, and science will accompany the exhibition.

Scripps College’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is located at Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue. During exhibitions, the gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the gallery at (909) 607-3397 or visit the website at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu.


Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the worlds of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity.