Story posted April 11, 2011
Bowdoin’s printmaking program is the recipient of a generous gift, launching an annual workshop that brings a renowned artist with an international perspective to the College to work with a local master printer and students to create a collaborative print.
This year, the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, made possible by support from the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust, brought artist Amze Emmons to campus, allowing him to work side by side with master printer David Wolfe and students from Assistant Professor of Art Carrie Scanga’s printmaking class to create a new edition of prints.
Charcoal drawings by Emily Nelligan were the subject of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's 2000 exhibition Littoral Abstractions, which resulted in a resurgent interest in the artist, as well as attention in The New York Times and other media.
Nelligan’s late husband, Marvin Bileck, was a master printmaker whose work received comparisons to Holbein and Rembrandt. The couple summered on Maine’s Great Cranberry Island.
Nelligan has funded the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project at Bowdoin College in memory of her husband and to continue the legacy of his work by creating opportunities for students to explore Bileck’s expressive mediums.