A Missing Chapter in the History of Printmaking in America

Catalog for the Exhibitions

the 166 page catalog includes over 200 illustrations including seldom published prints by many noted American Print Makers

Available At:

Wichita Art Museum, The Wichita Center for the Arts, and The Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum

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This catalog Relates the story of the remarkable role printmaking and print collecting has played in the Wichita community since the first decade of the 20th Century. 

It was was created as a guidebook for four simultaneous exhibitions opening in April 2013 in Wichita, Kansas, to celebrate the inauguration of the C.A. Seward Memorial Guest Print Maker Program at Wichita State University. As a group, these exhibitions and this catalog document C.A. Seward’s accomplishments as one of America’s most active printmaking and arts advocates in the early twentieth century. 

Seward’s charismatic enthusiasm for making prints provided the inspiration for a remarkable group of artists based in Wichita. Working together and sharing their ideas and wide spectrum of technical skills were Lloyd Foltz, Charles Capps, Leo Courtney, Clarence Hotvedt, Bill Dickerson, and Arthur hall  and Norma Bassett Hall. With Seward’s guidance this group became the cornerstone for a unique  printmaking environment, which, by the  1920s, became a magnet for artists throughout the country. Seward inspired artists including John Taylor Arms, Bertha Jaques, Stow Wengenroth, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Walter J. Phillips, Tod Lindenmuth, Gustave Baumann, Frances Gearhart, Doel Reed, Howard Cook, William Auerbach-Levy, Helen Hyde, Blanche Lazzell, and Louis Lozowick to send their work to the exhibitions he began organizing in Wichita by 1922. Many of these artists later became members of the Prairie Print Makers, the artist group he organized to celebrate their work. 

Wichita is a thriving hot-bed of print making. The school, which seems to be led by C.A. Seward, and includes Wm. J. Dickerson, Leo Courtney, Lloyd C. Foltz, and Charles Capps is a boon to printmaking.

–  Willard Hougland, “Prints in the Middle West,” Prints, (Connoisseur Publications, NY, Vol. VI, No. 5, June 1936).

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