July 27, 2017
The Artist Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection (AP/RC) housed in the Museum of Texas Tech University is drawing international attention from a journal dedicated to fine art prints.
An article by Peter Briggs, the Helen DeVitt Jones curator of art at the museum, is featured in the July-August 2017 issue of Art in Print, The Global Journal of Prints and Ideas. His article, "Miles from Nowhere: Collecting Contemporary American Prints in the Margins," focuses on the museum's success in building a major art collection in a facility located outside a major metropolitan area.
"Attention from the most important journal on art and prints published in the United States indicates the influence our collection is having," Briggs observed. "The research and art collection we have developed—and continue to develop—is having regional, national and international impact. Right now, for example, almost 25 percent of our virtual contacts are from outside the United States. This article is of major assistance in our efforts to advance research and programming on creativity at the Museum and at TTU in general."
According to its website, Art in Print was founded in 2011 to "address the persistent invisibility of printed art in the general art press." The website notes that the journal features articles on art and print by curators, critics, artists and scholars.
The AP/RC is made up of the world's largest collection of 20th and 21st century American print artists from the western United States. More than 10,000 prints and photographs from hundreds of artists make up the AP/RC, but it contains much more than the finished artworks. The collection also includes the artists' writings, drawings and other archival materials, elements that Briggs says give the collection unparalleled depth into creative processes.