Robert Blackburn has spent his life as an artist, teacher and master printmaker striving to give everyone the opportunity to learn how to create art as they can. Over the course of a 60-year career, he influenced countless artists and changed the way printmaking was done.
Her work emphasizes the values of the Figge Art Museum, said Michelle Hargrave, executive director of the Figge Art Museum, and now the two will come together with an exhibition.
“What he did is identical to Figge’s mission to bring art and people together,” Hargrave said.
“Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking” will be on display at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St., Davenport, from October 9 to January 9. 9. Blackburn was a black artist, teacher, and master printmaker who had a great influence on the development of printmaking.
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition features 75 works, half by Blackburn and half by artists with some connection to him.
“An important part of the exhibit here is that we get to raise awareness of this really important artistic figure and how vital he was to printmaking in the 20th century,” said Figge’s assistant curator Vanessa Sage, “ and show off his work and engage with artists who were his peers, collaborators, mentors and students. “