100 Views of Home #21, 1977
etching and aquatint, 18 x 22"
Assateague Ponies #12, 1986
viscosity etching, 18 x 24"
Assateague Ponies #11, 1985
viscosity etching, 18 x 24"
Garden Journal XVI, The Great Blue Heron's Garden, 2011
linoleum cut and collage, 32 x 37"
100 Views of Home #18, 1977
aquatint etching, 18 x 24"
For me, printmaking in all its facets has taught me to engage the image and fight for its improvement and even its existence. In most printmaking techniques there are ways often lengthy and tedious, to change the image.
- Ann Zahn
The importance of realizing how totally immersed we are in the natural world has always been the subject of my work and will continue to be. Working in the visual arts is my way of expressing that.
Most of Ann's activity in printmaking has been in two extensive series of works. The first, filling the decade from 1975 to 1985 is called 100 Views of Home and the second, from 1988 to the present, is gathered under the heading of Garden Journal. In both series a wide rage of techniques and media appear: etching, aquatint, dry-point, lithography, woodcut and linoleum cut together with artist's books and pieces incorporating hand-made paper She works both in color and in black and white and always at the scene, directly on the block, stone or plate. She often "tells a story" in a series of related works, many of which explore her preoccupation wth the theme of time passing expressed both through contrasts of light and darkness (day and night versions of a particular subject) and as a sequence of events.
Since 1977, Zahn has run the Printmakers Workshop in her Bethesda MD studio where many area printmakers have gathered to work together, contributing a rich variety of ideas, experiences and interests. Over the years, these artists have exhibited their work as a group in the Washington area on a number of occasions.
Zahn was one of the originators of the Washington Area Printmakers Original Print Calendar in 1972 and has participated in this project every year since then. She was a founding member of the Washington (DC) Printmakers Gallery and of Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda MD. She has taught courses in etching, woodcut and design variously at the University of Maryland, College Park, American University and George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
born 1931 Washington DCeducation
public collections1967 American University, Washington DC, MFA1953 Duke University, Durham, NC, BA
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DCGeorgetown University, Washington DCLibrary of Congress, Washington DCMontgomery County Government, MDMuseum of Fine Arts, Portland, ORMuseum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMuseum of Modern Art, NYCNational Institute of Health, Bethesda, MDNational Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DCNuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MDPsychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, Rockville, MDSmithsonian, Museum of American Art, Washington DCSmithsonian, Museum of American History, Washington DC