NAU Museum hosts work by celebrated California printmaker

Van Hoesen skull

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum will host “Selected Prints and Drawings by Beth Van Hoesen: A Gift from the Adams Trust” from May 13 to June 13.

The exhibit features 55 prints and drawings by California printmaker Beth Van Hoesen, whose career began in the 1940s and lasted into the 21st century.

The collection reflects the maturation of Van Hoesen’s approach, in which she sought to imbue her subjects with a life-force, even a personality.

Museum director George Speer said the works in this exhibition show the artist steadily simplifying her compositions, focusing her observations to the point at which they become insights into her models—be they friends and neighbors in San Francisco, owls, flamingoes, flowers or skulls.

“The Van Hoesen exhibition provides artists and aficionados of printmaking with superlative examples of discipline, craft and imagination sustained throughout a career that was decades in the making,” Speer said.

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