Carrying Things From Home

September 9, 2023 - March 2, 2024

The Ruth and Seymour Landfield Atrium 

Plains Art Museum is proud to present Carrying Things from Home–a series of seven woodcuts with hand dyed chine collé by printmaker Annalise Gratovich. The prints reveal captivating stories combining historical, cultural, home, and familial ties. The totemic beings encompass the identity of individual icon opening us up the merging of aesthetic portals. Throughout this exhibition we will see signs and symbols that tell us about Gratovich’s life and her family’s displacement during World War II. This collection invites us to decipher the language of patterns, heirlooms, decoding personal stories and motifs that connect human experience that resonates across time and cultures.

Annalise Gratovich lives and works in Austin, Texas and is currently the Matting and Framing Preparator at the Blanton Museum. Annalise Gratovich was awarded the title of Creative Ambassador of Visual Arts in 2019 by the City of Austin and exhibits extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in Buggenhagen, Germany, New York, NY, Dawson City, Youkon, San Antonio, TX and Austin, TX. She was most recently a guest artist and lecturer at Egress Press, Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, and a guest artist and juror at New Leaf Editions in Vancouver, B.C. Her most recent publications were produced by Mixed Grit in Denver, Colorado, at Egress Press in Pennsylvania, Evil Prints in St. Louis, Missouri, and Cannonball Press, Brooklyn, New York. She has work in numerous private and public collections, the most recent acquisition going to the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. She is a member of the Board of Directors of PrintAustin, a month-long, city-wide printmaking event for which she has helped organize exhibitions and special events, curate the PrintAustin Invitational, and has participated in artist and curator talks, and panel discussions.

Plains Art Museum thanks our generous PlainsArt4All members and donors, and our Organizational Partners for their support. Additional support provided by The McKnight Foundation, FM Area Foundation, The Arts Partnership, The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funds from the North Dakota Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
left to right: Annalise Gratovich, The Mother, from the series Carrying Things From Home, n.d., 71 x 40 in., Woodcut with hand dyed chine collé, Edition of 7, Co-published with Flatbed Press in Austin, TX • Annalise Gratovich, The Undertaker, from the series Carrying Things From Home, n.d., 71 x 40 in., Woodcut with hand dyed chine collé, Edition of 7, Co-published with Flatbed Press in Austin, TX • Annalise Gratovich, The Builder, from the series Carrying Things From Home, n.d., 71 x 40 in., Woodcut with hand dyed chine collé, Edition of 7, Co-published with Flatbed Press in Austin, TX

Artist in Residence 
Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio October 23-27
Check social media for daily descriptions of when and where the artist will be to stop in and see her process.

Ideation Workshop
Tuesday, October 24, 6-8 PM • $5 per person
Spend an evening with the artist Annalise Gratovich learning about her process in printmaking but also what inspires her.

Artist Talk 
Thursday, October 26, 6-7:30 PM • Free
Join us for a conversation with printmaker Annalise Gratovich.

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