January 9, 1931
In conjunction with the opening of the Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum has arranged a special showing of the motion picture film "The Etcher's Art" in two reels. It will be run off in the Museum Auditorium on Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. The principal actor in this picture is the well-known etcher, Frank W. Benson, who carries through the entire process from patting the original drawing on the plate to the pulling of the prints. The showing of this picture is free to the public.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1931, 001. View Original
January 2, 1931
At the time of writing the Brooklyn Society of Etchers' Exhibition is in the process of hanging and will be available for review by noon Monday January 5. At that time there will be proofs of the catalog available.
We trust that you will be able to see the show before the opening so as to review it in your column this coming week-end. As. you will see from the enclosed news story the private view happens on Friday, January 9, and we will be very glad to have you present at that time if you wish to attend the tea.
We are sorry that we cannot give you a list of the prize winners at present but they will possibly be awarded by Thursday. I realize that this is rather last minute for a week-end review but the Museum, of course, do not control the plans of the Society. However, officials of the Etchers Society are doing all they can to expedite information for The Press.
Arthur H. Torrey.
The Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers will open at the Brooklyn Museum, its regular place of exhibition, with a private view on Friday, January 9. The show will be available to the public beginning Saturday, January 10, and will continue until February 9.
This Society is experiencing healthy growth each year, and this year it announces the largest collection of prints from the copperplate, including etchings, dry points, and aquatints, that it has ever gathered together. It has been necessary to make extra room available adjacent to the print galleries in order to hang all the prints that have been accepted.
The Show will comprise 410 works by 222 artists of which only fifty-eight are members of the Society. This gives a very good idea of the opportunity this exhibition affords to artists working with the copperplate medium and the breath of the policy of the Society which aims to give as large a representation as possible to artists who use the copperplate. This is the only all American exhibition exhibition of the kind held annually in the country and is probably the largest one gathered together each year. A special effort is made to include the younger artists who have not yet had a chance to become known.
This year the Exhibition will have a distinctly modern feeling as the jury was made up of four members who can be called conservatives and four moderns with the deciding vote cast by Mr. Frederick T. Weber, President of the Society. The jury which selected the exhibits were made up Peggy Bacon, Thomas Handforth, Harriet Wickey, Eugene Higgins, C. Jack Young, Louis Rosenberg, Katharine Merrill, Robert Nesbit and Frederick T. Weber.
The prize awarding jury will meet shortly before the opening of the Exhibition and award the usual five prize with two additional interesting ones. Mr. Henry B. Shnope, one of the original members of the Society, left the bequest in his Will of $1000.00, the interest from which is to be awarded as a prize each year. This year it will be $25.00. It is to be awarded to the print in the Exhibition which is considered to have the best composition in the opinion of a special jury of three graduates of the Academy of Beaux Arts in Paris. Another prize has just been provided for another important phase of copper etching. This is an award of $25.00 given by Mr. John Taylor Arms, Corresponding Secretary of the Society, who will give the prize personally for the print showing the finest craftsmanship.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-03_1931, 002-4. View Original