Lone Star Impressions Impress


“Rodeo” by Derek Boshier

The Tyler Museum of Art features a legacy that still wields vast influence over the contemporary Texas art scene in “Lone Star Impressions: Prints by Peregrine Press” through April 20.  

Organized by TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, “Lone Star Impressions” surveys more than a decade of tremendous output by Peregrine Press, established  in 1981 by Mike and Jo Ann Hart with Gerry Lemke as one of the first fine-art presses in Texas.

Being based in Dallas allowed the start-up press to have access to many of the emerging young talents in contemporary Texas art, including David Bates, Billy Hassell, and Ed and Linda Blackburn, as well as more established artists such as Otis Dozier, Joseph Glasco, and Robert Gordy. Operating first from a studio and gallery at Peak and Ross just east of downtown Dallas and later at a larger space in Deep Ellum on Main Street, the Harts and Lemke joined forces with master printers Tom Piper and Bill Lagatutta to create a body of work that substantially increased the profile of fine-art printing throughout the state. Over the course of the 1980s, Peregrine produced more than 600 titles representing the work of 90-plus artists.

The more than 30 works featured in “Lone Star Impressions” include editions held in TMA’s Permanent Collection by Jack Mims and Al Souza along with the multi-artist “Celebrate Texas Suite” (Bates, Derek Boshier, Nic Nicosia and Earl Staley), complementing works showcasing other regional talents such as the Blackburns, Dozier, Hassell, Lee N. Smith III and Michael Tracy. Most of the works featured in this exhibition have not been seen by the public in more than a decade.

Special events in connection with the exhibition include free First Friday tours at 11 a.m. March 1 and April 5 and Family Days from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and April 13. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit tylermuseum.org.

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