Jack Damer – Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin


UW-Madison’s stellar printmaking program is what it is in part thanks to Jack Damer. This retrospective show, Prints, drawings and objects, 1965-2021, is doubly significant in that it marks the reopening of the Watrous Gallery after its COVID-19 closure. Damer is a master lithographer but this exhibition also highlights his drawings and other collage and 3D works. Damer will give an informal talk between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The exhibition runs until October 31, and the gallery’s current opening hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Press release: Jack Damer: Prints, Drawings and Objects, 1965-2021

To see from September 10 to October 31 James Watrous Gallery at Overture Center for the Arts

Visit the James Watrous Gallery at Wisconsin Academy for a retrospective exhibition of the work of Jack Damer: master printmaker, brilliant draftsman, and influential teacher. Damer’s prolific production ranges from densely layered images of engines and machine parts to poignant designs of found objects and elaborate constructions made from his own prints. The cool, industrial look of Damer’s source material is transformed by its sensitive line, subtle use of tone and color, and, often, a biting humor that borders on moral outrage.

Gallery Discussion with Jack Damer: Saturday October 9 • 2 pm-3pm, James Watrous Gallery • Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd floor. Join master printmaker and mixed media visionary Jack Damer for a discussion of his retrospective exhibition at the James Watrous Gallery. Damer will share information about his work, his innovative printmaking techniques and his approach to teaching.

A leading figure in UW-Madison’s nationally recognized printmaking program for many years, Jack Damer has works of art represented in museums and private collections around the world. He has taught printmaking and drawing at UW-Madison with a particular emphasis on lithography, and has conducted workshops and participated in artist residencies across the country and abroad. Although Damer is primarily known as a master lithographer, his work also encompasses almost all print media as well as drawing, collage, and constructions made from his own prints and found objects. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a MacDowell Fellowship, and he was Director of Lithography for the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1970. Damer lives in Madison.

Autumn hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Also open by appointment or by chance. To make an appointment for a private opening, contact the director of the James Watrous gallery, Jody Clowes: [email protected]

In accordance with Overture Center’s health and safety protocols, we encourage all visitors to wear masks. Disposable masks will be available at the gallery counter.

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