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How have printed works of art changed over time? Do printmakers today work with the same materials and techniques that printmakers used centuries ago? And does printmaking involve the same motivations, concerns, or methods of distribution today as it did in the past?

These were questions asked by University of Nebraska–Lincoln students in a history of prints class in the School of Art, Art History & Design taught by Hixson-Lied Professor of Art History Alison Stewart during fall semester 2018. For this curatorial project, students selected one set of old master prints (pre-1850) and one modern (post-1850) print from Sheldon’s collection, each created with different techniques and for different purposes but with a shared focus on fashion trends of the day. Thinking about the cultural significance of dress and style—be it the prominence of lace in the seventeenth century prints by Wenceslaus Hollar or the gold chain that wraps around the figure in Rozeal’s contemporary print El Oso Me Preguntó—helped students situate these prints within the contexts of their production and reception. The adjacent panels highlight the students’ research and interpretations, which reveal compelling insights into issues of identity and beauty across time. The exhibition material is here presented in a revised and expanded manner for this publication.

Student curators were Nadria Beale Ashley Owens Stella Bernadt K C Peters Mariah Livingston Natalie Platel Megan Loughran Ali Syafie Hannah Maakestad Emma Vinchur.



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Zea Books


Lincoln, NE


art, prints, Rozeal, Hollar, etching, engraving, fashion


Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Art and Design | Art Practice | Arts and Humanities | Book and Paper | Contemporary Art | Fashion Design | Illustration | Painting


Copyright © 2018 University of Nebraska- Lincoln

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