Printmakers In Conversation II
Barbara Putnam
June 26 - July 11, 2013

Putnam has been making woodcut prints since the 3rd grade. After printing her first carving, she was hooked by the magic of "drawing with knives" and began a life-long exploration of linoleum and woodcut printing, and quilting. Working from sketches made in the field, she draws onto a block of wood, and then carves it from memory back in her studio. Putnam’s primary focus is on wetlands and fragile, transitional ecosystems. She is deeply concerned with environmental issues, including the inter-dependence of elements that begin the food chain and end, for example, with the lobsters we harvest, and maintaining the beauty of open spaces.

Putnam, who teaches at St. Mark's School in Massachusetts and summers in Deer Island where she has her studio, earned an ALM from Harvard and a BS in Art Education from the University of New Hampshire. This year she is a Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Artist in Residence. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, Denver, Farnsworth, and Jyvasklya, Finland museums of art, the Chicago and Minneapolis art institutes, Harvard, Yale, and Dennison university galleries, Bowdoin and Dartmouth colleges, and the New York and Boston public libraries, among others.