The opening for SAGA'S 84th Members Print Exhibition was held September 6 at Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. The opening was well attended by print lovers and students from the university. There were sixty-seven framed prints on view and they were displayed beautifully. It was great to share the experience with some SAGA members, including Dennis Revitzky, Charlene Tarbox, Eric Goldberg, DeAnn Prosia, John Oaks, and Susan Altman (missing from the photo). The evening also featured openings at the Syracuse University Art Galleries for a Rodin sculpture exhibit and an exhibit of paintings by renowned Japanese artist, Yasuo Kuniyoshi.
In the Print Study Room works were displayed from the Syracuse University Art Collection. Included were prints by past SAGA members such as Isabel Bishop, Edward Hopper, John Sloan and Peggy Bacon, to mention a few. In years past Syracuse University developed its collection with prints from notable printmakers from our organization. Several of our members were also on the Syracuse faculty. The prints in this vast collection are available to faculty and students for instruction and study.
At the conclusion of the Syracuse exhibit, the prints from the SAGA show will travel to other venues, after which the prints will become part of the Syracuse University Art Collection. Thank you to all of the participants.
The exhibit will be at Syracuse University Art Galleries until November 18, 2018.
The show will travel to J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; January 22 - March 10, 2019.
In 2020 the show will travel to Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana; February 3 - June 10, 2020.
We will keep you updated on additional exhibition places.
84th Members Print Exhibition
SAGA 84TH MEMBERS PRINT EXHIBITION Syracuse University Art Galleries
Shaffer Art Complex 110 Sims Drive
Syracuse University, New York, 13244.
August 16 - November 18, 2018.
The theme of the show is “Work of the New Century.”
For more information, please visit our Events page
President's Message 2017
The SAGA Council has been very busy this year working for you, the membership.
Last spring and this summer Robert Newman offered us the use of his gallery, The Old Print Shop in New York City, for SAGA’s 83rd Members Exhibition and the annual spring membership meeting. The exhibition ran from July 11 through August 13. The show included ninety-seven matted prints beautifully displayed in the gallery. Many SAGA members and their guests attended the opening and several prints were sold. On August 2nd, there was a panel discussion in the gallery, focusing on the prints in the exhibition and how prints are made. Participating in the panel were the following members of SAGA: Robert Newman, Moderator, Bill Behnken, Kathleen Gallagher, Michael Pellettieri and Emily Trueblood.
The entries for the 2018 SAGA exhibition at Syracuse University Art Galleries have been received. By now the seventy members who are participating have received the final instructions for the exhibition. The prints are due in Syracuse in January 2018. When the exhibition closes, 50 prints will be selected by Syracuse to be incorporated into the Syracuse Art Galleries Collection.
This year we changed the entry procedure for SAGA exhibitions, by moving to electronic submissions. It is important that you follow the directions on the prospectus for future exhibitions so that your information can be processed properly.
Other SAGA news is evident right here on our website which has been given a new look. It is easy to navigate and is still a work in progress. As your president I am asking you to send jpegs of your recent work, labeled with your name plus a pdf with information about you and your work to email@example.com. Your images and information will be posted in the artists section of the website. Also, when you have a show or when your are recognized for your accomplishments, please send us the information in a pdf and if possible a photo or two. We want to post updates on member news. In this way we can help to promote you.
Please remember to keep your dues up to date so you can share in the benefits of the SAGA community and so that information about you can be shared with visitors to the website. Annual members' payments are due each January for the coming year.
The SAGA dinner will be held Friday, October 20, at the Society of Illustrators, in New York City. This year’s honorees are Richard Haas and Masaaki Noda. I hope you can join us.
SAGA is a volunteer organization and we are always looking for members who would like to contribute their time and skills and perhaps serve on the Council. Please think about it. If you have computer skills, grant writing experience, or a more general interest in helping to develop this great association of printmakers, we can use your help. We are all volunteers and we welcome you.
We would also like to bring new members into the organization. We jury new members in October and May. Please tell your friends and students about our organization and urge them visit the SAGA website and apply.
Kathleen E. Gallagher, President
Pioneer constructionist sculptor and painter Harriet FeBland passed away on July 1, 2018. A New York City native, she was educated at Pratt Institute and New York University then relocated to England and France where she gained an international reputation early in her career, exhibiting at the Musée D'Art Moderne, Paris, and Alwin Galleries and the Drian Gallery, London. She married and had two sons while in London then returned to the United States after 11 years abroad.
An endlessly curious artist, Ms. FeBland studied graphics with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris in the '70s and '80s and has through the years been recognized for her mastery of the monotype, having won many awards and distinctions. She also produced large fiber-art wall hangings on some of the themes expressed in her paintings.
Despite her long and accomplished career, Ms. FeBland vividly remembered the outright discrimination she experienced early on as a woman artist trying to gain recognition and opportunity in a male-dominated art world. Always actively involved in promoting women's equality in the arts both for herself and her colleagues, she appeared in many high-profile discussion groups and art shows in the 1970s on the issue. Notable exhibitions of the era she participated in were: Women in Art, Brainerd Art Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, 1972 in which she showed with such luminaries as Marisol and Beverly Pepper, and Women Choose Women, New York Cultural Center,1973 in which prominent women artists chose artists to show with whom they respected and admired.
She taught art at New York University, and from 1963 to 1993 operated the Harriet FeBland Art Workshop, which offered master classes in painting for advanced students and presented workshops at Bennington College; London University, UK; Iona College; College of New Rochelle; Santa Fe Art Institute and elsewhere in the U.S. She was past President of New York Artist Equity Association and Past President/President Emeritus of the American Society of Contemporary Artists; she also served as Secretary for the American Art Committee, United Nations 1978-81.
In Memoriam - more tributes
Elisabeth Schleussner 1929-2018
We shall not cease from exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
—T. S. Eliot
Art critic, fiction writer, and graphic artist, Elisabeth Stevens Schleussner died at her home on Sunday, June 10 of a sudden heart attack.
With a journalistic and artistic career that spanned six decades, Elisabeth Stevens Schleussner, who wrote under her maiden name Elisabeth Stevens, published over 20 books of fiction, poetry, and drama. As a journalist, she served as the art critic for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Trenton Times, and The Baltimore Sun. Her reviews and articles also appeared in publications including Art News, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Mademoiselle, LIFE, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Known for her sharp intellect and extensive personal library on literature and art, Elisabeth was born in Rome, New York in 1929, the only child of George May Stevens, who worked for National Distillers, and Elisabeth Stryker. She grew up in the New York and New Jersey area, attending Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, and received her BA from Wellesley College. After working briefly in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York, where she attended Columbia University and received a MA with High Honors in Modern Literature, writing her thesis on the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
In New York she met and married Farrell Grehan in 1959, a noted travel and nature photographer who worked regularly for publications such as National Geographic, and LIFE. The marriage ended in divorce. While in New York she also attended the Arts Students League, studying with Yasuo Kuniyoshi.
Elisabeth began her journalistic career in New York, initially by doing striking black-and-white illustrations for political journals that covered the events of the early sixties, including the elections of 1960, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the desegregation of Ole Miss. She then began writing articles on a freelance basis to accompany her illustrations, including an article about a major mining accident in Dola, West Virginia in 1963, for which she visited the mines and interviewed miners.
At the time, when women in journalism were more the exception that the rule, Elisabeth was hired as a general reporter by The Washington Post in the mid sixties and soon became the paper’s art critic. In 1967 she married Robert C. Schleussner, Jr., an engineer and executive. She then moved back to the New York area, beginning her work for The Wall Street Journal and then The Trenton Times. In 1979, after the death of her husband, she moved to Baltimore to take on the post of Art and Architecture Critic for The Baltimore Sun.
Throughout her life, she also wrote fiction and poetry. Shortly before her death she completed her fifth collection of short stories, which will be published by BrickHouse books this summer. In her literary writing Elisabeth distilled everyday experience into stark, surreal scenarios of heightened feeling. During her time in Baltimore she was involved in a vibrant literary community, worked with small presses to publish her writings, which she often illustrated, and received numerous awards. She enjoyed residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her longtime friend, US Poet Laureate Josephine Jacobsen, described her works as having “a depth of emotion and simultaneous control ... a haunting quality that will linger in the mind.” Elisabeth’s poem “Return I” was featured by Garrison Keillor in his Writer’s Almanac.
After moving to Sarasota in 2002, Elisabeth Stevens Schleussner became an active member of the Sarasota artistic community, working with Patrick Lindhardt in the printmaking department of the Ringling School of Art and Erika Greenberg-Schneider of Bleu Acier in Tampa to produce numerous etchings and creating several limited edition artist books with original etchings. These can be found in collections at the New York Public Library, Princeton University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany. Her work was represented by the Stakenborg Greenberg Fine Art Gallery in Sarasota. A solo show of her graphic works was presented at State College of Florida in 2015.
As a woman ahead of her time in terms of professional aspirations and achievements, she was a strong and independent personality, a staunchly loyal friend, and a loving and devoted parent and grandparent. She considered fiction writing and even higher calling than newspaper journalism. Next to her writing desk hung a quotation of Nathaniel Hawthorne: “The hall of fantasy is likely to endure longer than the most substantial structure.”
She is survived by her daughter Laura and grandson Xavier.