Untitled

Creator

Dean Meeker

Title

Untitled

Date

1996

Description

Oil on Canvas

Identifier

MEE.01.0584
NA
Harvey Hall Deans Office

Subject

Abstract

Source

Exhibition Purchase

Format

Framed

Coverage

Dean Meeker (1920-2002)

Internationally renowned printmaker and sculptor, Dean Meeker, was involved in over 90 one-person art exhibitions. He was also a celebrated instructor, teaching at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for 46 years.

Meeker received his Bachelor of fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1945, and two years later his Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University. At these universities he studied painting and sculpture, then went to serigraphy and a little later shifted his focus to printmaking after being exposed to the silk-screening process at a signage shop. When he started instructing at Madison in 1946, he first taught printmaking, then 1948 he started an unofficial and unaccredited course introducing silkscreen to students. Due to the success of this class, he then began teaching the first university affiliated course in serigraphy.

In 1954, Meeker was awarded the Graduate School Research Grant which was the first ever awarded to Studio Art faculty. Three years later, he earned a one-person serigraphy show at the Print Department of the Art Institute in 1959. He begins to explore the combination of intaglio and serigraphy printmaking. Subsequently to his findings, he was awarded the first Guggenheim Fellowship in the UW Art Department to study in France for one year to learn more about the intaglio process. Meeker's studies led to a another one-person exhibition at La Gravure Gallery in Paris.

Meeker was one of the first artist to overprint silkscreens with polymer intaglio witch allowed for a higher three dimensionality, implying his artistic roots as a sculptor. During Meeker's later career, he returned to sculpting. He worked with a variety of mediums to create pieces ranging from small to monumental. His constant study of the print medium led to his collaboration with engineer John McFee, and the invention of the Meeker-McFee motorized etching process.

Meeker is represented in over 100 private and public collections including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Physical Dimensions

52x36"

Original Format

Oil on Canvas

Files

DSCN3975.JPG

Collection

Citation

Dean Meeker, “Untitled,” Furlong Gallery, accessed June 16, 2024, http://furlonggallery.net/items/show/811.

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