(Joanne Ramondetta, The Wichita Eagle) Kansas has long been steeped in the rich tradition of printmaking. From the groundbreaking prints of the highly collectible Prairie Print Makers to the prominent circle of printmakers found in Kansas universities, Kansas has been a hub for this special medium that is grounded in process and tradition.
Beginning Friday, the day of October’s Final Friday art gallery crawl, the Wichita Art Museum will host a special exhibition that showcases the Midwestern dedication to the craft with nearly 100 contemporary lithograph prints executed by lithographer and print publisher Mike Sims. He is the founder of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop, a contract printing and publishing company in Kansas City, Mo.
“Mike Sims started his business in the 1970s when there was a renaissance of printmaking in the U.S. that focused on print publishing,” said museum Chief Curator Stephen Gleissner, who was the catalyst in bringing this exhibition to Wichita. “This movement was fueled by artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell, who were interested in the medium of lithography and working with master printers in order to illustrate their ideas in the print medium.”