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Ann Zahn. American Artist

Anne Zahn, Artist, Portrait, artline
Ann Zahn
Anne Zahn, Artist, 100 Views of Home #21, artline
Ann Zahn
100 Views of Home #21, 1977
etching and aquatint, 18 x 22"
Anne Zahn, Artist, Assateague Ponies #12, artline
Ann Zahn
Assateague Ponies #12, 1986
viscosity etching, 18 x 24"
Anne Zahn, Artist, Assateague Ponies #11, artline
Ann Zahn
Assateague Ponies #11, 1985
viscosity etching, 18 x 24"
Anne Zahn, Artist, The Garden Journal XVI, The Great Blue Heron's Garden, artline
Ann Zahn
Garden Journal XVI, The Great Blue Heron's Garden, 2011
linoleum cut and collage, 32 x 37"
Anne Zahn, Artist, 100 Views of Home #18, artline
Ann Zahn
100 Views of Home #18, 1977
aquatint etching, 18 x 24"

Artist Statement

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


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Biography

Ann was born and raised in Washington DC.

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.


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born 1931 Washington DC

education
1967 American University, Washington DC, MFA
1953 Duke University, Durham, NC, BA
public collections
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Montgomery County Government, MD
Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, OR
Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD
Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD
Smithsonian, Museum of American Art, Washington DC
Smithsonian, Museum of American History, Washington DC

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