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Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys
Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys



STOCKBRIDGE, MA—Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys, a new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum will open Sunday, November 10, 2019 and remain on view through Monday, May 25, 2020. This special exhibition documents the complex emotional realities of adapting to a new life thousands of miles away from where their stories began, through compelling visual memoirs inspired by the personal journeys of four master illustrators, Frances Jetter, David Macaulay, James McMullan, and Yuyi Morales.






Deputy Director and Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett worked with Curator Martin Mahoney on the terrific installation of these four artists' stories about ‘Finding Home."






The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers 2017-2018 Fellows

Just Under 100: New Prints 2017/Summer, New York, 2017

Selected by Katherine Bradford On view June 17-September 16, 2017

The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Announces 2017-2018 Fellows


April 20, 2017 - The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected its 19th class of Fellows: 15 exceptional independent scholars, academics, and creative writers, whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Chosen out of 357 applicants from 38 countries, the 2017 class of Cullman Center Fellows includes:

  • Academics Sarah Bridger, Martin Puchner, Magda Teter, and Barbara Weinstein
  • Fiction writers Georgi Gospodinov, Nellie Hermann, Lorrie Moore, and Melinda Moustakis
  • Poet Lynn Melnick
  • Independent scholars Joan Acocella, Ava Chin, Hugh Eakin, Blake Gopnik, Eyal Press
  • Visual artist Frances Jetter

At the Cullman Center Frances Jetter will be working on an illustrated history about the life of her immigrant grandfather, his labor union, and his American family in Brooklyn.

Artist’s Books from the Jack Ginsberg Collection, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2017.
Virtual to Physical: thepostdigitalprintmaker, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, Feb. 2017


Casey Babb
Paul Catanese
Liz Chalfin
Erin Cross
Caleb Freese
Frances Jetter
Andrew Kozlowski
Izzy Liberti
Matthew McLaughlin
Scott Minzy
Lorella Paleni
Simona Prives
Flora Shum
Rob Swainston
Ani Volkan
Tomas Vu

Op-ed Art: Image in the Service of Ideas, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, N.Y.

January 19 - March 25, 2017
OP-ED Artists: Doug Chayka, Brad Holland, Frances Jetter, Alex Nabaum, Eiko Ojala and Bruce Waldman

"Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election"
Over 150 international artists, curated by Andrea Arroyo.
Kimmel Galleries, New York University.
60 Washington Square South, 8th Fl, New York, NY 10012.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit continues through the Spring.

Prints and Photographs

Frances Jetter illustration collection includes 24 prints: Published: New York : 1977-2012.


New Prints 2016/Winter, New York, 2016

Frances Jetter’s "Girdle House" is a relief print extracted from her artist book six years in the making, which examines the history of the artist’s immigrant grandparents and their American family.

“New York Society of Etchers: 15th Anniversary Exhibition”

International Print Center New York presents 15th Anniversary Exhibition of the New York Society of Etchers in commemoration of this milestone in the Society’s history. The exhibition is curated by Stephen A. Fredericks and will be on view in IPCNY’s Project Space at 508 West 26th St, 5th Floor, from June 11 – July 31, 2015. Presented during IPCNY’s 15th Anniversary year and concurrently with New Prints 2015/Summer, the show brings together prints from a handful of current New York Society of Etchers directors and additional artists who have supported the Society during its 15-year exhibiting history. Also included will be catalogs, photographs, and various historical items from the collection of Stephen A. Fredericks and the New York Society of Etchers.
Artists are: Marshall Arisman, Will Barnet, Ann Chernow, Kirsten Flaherty, Stephen A. Fredericks, Michael Goro, Frances Jetter, Martin Levine, Elana Goren, Andy Hoogenboom, Frederick Mershimer, Lou Netter, Deborah Luccio, Sarah Sears, Russ Spitkovsky, Bruce Waldman, Steven Walker, and Carol Wax.

New World Border

New World Border is participating in the Border, Walls and Security International Conference in Montreal Canada, October, 2013. This slide show will be presented at the conference. newworldborder.tumblr.com

Library of Congress Acquires New World Border Exhibition
The Library of Congress recently acquired one entire set of the New World Border traveling exhibition. The exhibition will remain at the Library as a resource and a historical record of responses to the increased militarization of the border. The New World Border show originally started with four sets in 2011 subsequently traveling to 16 venues in 9 US states, as well as in Tijuana, Mexico. The hard traveling for the shows caused a need to consolidate down to three sets. The acquisition by the Library of Congress still leaves two sets for further touring.  Click on Book a Show (above) to find out how to bring the show to a venue near you.  

New World Border in Tijuana, Mexico
La Casa del Tunel: Art Center hosts the New World Border show during the month of September 2013. You can visit them on Facebook

“New World Border,”  La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, traveled to venues including  Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, The Hive, Phoenix, Az, Raices Cultural Center, NJ, The Roots Factory, Barrio Logan, CA, traveling to Swathmore College and Ingram Chapman Gallery, University of New Mexico, 2011

On December 15, 2011, a reception was held at the New World Border show at the University of New Mexico Gallup.

Photo: Walk-thru tour of the show by co-organizer Art Hazelwood

The Art of Controversy

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

My book, "Street of Booksellers", will be shown at Poets House, Kray Hall, 10 River Terrace, opening reception Thursday, July 11, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK. - February 6 - July 29, 2013

"Street of Booksellers" is now part of special collections in the following libraries:

Plymouth State University, Lamson Library, Plymouth New Hampshire Ringling School of Art and Design, Kimbrough Library, Sarasota, Florida University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Burlington, Vermont Lafayette College, Skilman Library, Easton, Pennsylvania, Baylor University, Crouch Library, Waco, Texas University of Michigan,DePaul University, Richardson Library, Chicago, Illinois



January 30-April 27, 2013

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland presents Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham, an exhibition featuring provocative works by leading contemporary artists and graphic designers--Julie Moos, Glenn Ligon, Michael Platt, Ken Gonzales-Day, Archie Boston, Jefferson Pinder, among others--who carefully examine the various social conditions and components that energized the civil rights movement of the 1960s, as well as continue the dialogue of race and equality in today's society.

The Executioner's Wrong- Texas will Execute Gary Graham for a Murder He Almost Certainly Didn't Commit, 1993, Linocut, 11" x 16"

BLACK.WHITE.REaD Guest curator Cecilia Rossey
Dadian Gallery, Washington DC, traveled to Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem College, Winston Salem, North Carolina 2012-2013
Salem College exhibition probes increasingly changing culture
Tom Patterson/Special Correspondent Winston Salem Journal
The group show of prints and other works that opened early this month at Salem College casts a broad, thematic net.
It deals with emotional and aesthetic extremes, the rise and fall of cultures and the difficulty of processing “devastating news,” according to guest curator Cecilia Rossey. The exhibition “probes our increasingly complex society...,” she writes in a brief curatorial statement.
The sprawling assortment of themes is reflected in the varied styles and mediums represented, as well as in its unwieldy title.
Although several pieces attempt to update abstract expressionism and geometric abstraction, the exhibition is dominated by figurative works.
Some of them overtly reference current social and political issues, while others are grounded in personal narratives and philosophical metaphors.
David Reed emphasizes the militarization of the Middle East in two collage-based digital prints from his “Blank Map” series. The maps depicted are blank only in the sense that they’re unlabeled. Otherwise, they serve as grounds for appropriated photos and drawings of armed soldiers, photojournalists, cameras, camels and oil derricks, among other imagery, as well as lines suggesting roads and shapes indicating unidentified landmarks.
Alexandra Sherman creates a satirical emblem of domestic life and marital relations in her delicately rendered drawing of a voluptuous, nude woman struggling to carry a scale model of a three-story house almost as large as she is. A tall column of smoke billows from the house’s top floor, and its source is revealed in a cutaway view of an attic bedroom, where the bed is on fire. This narrow, vertical drawing’s title, “Calcination,” indicates a process of reduction by intense heat.
The nude figures in two woodcut prints by Justin Sanz are recognizable as such, even as they appear to be morphing into gnarled, arboreal forms. They’re beautifully rendered variations on an ancient motif, the human-plant hybrid.
Also among the show’s highlights are collages and a collaged drawing by Frances Jetter, whose dark backgrounds emphasize their morbid subject matter. The figure lying next to an apple in Jetter’s “William Tell” is collaged from photographs of Swiss cheese. The apple appears to be intact, while the cheese is full of holes.
Also lying on its back is the headless quadruped in Jetter’s “Dead Thing with Figure,” a drawing in which a childlike figure kneels alongside this mysterious creature with its long, stiff-looking, upward-pointed legs.
Jackie Reeves makes effective use of classical figure-drawing in “Mother, Fire,” a narrative composition on unstretched, unprimed canvas. A little girl wearing a dress confronts the viewer with an unhappy frown and a defiant pose as she stands in front of an angry-looking woman. The woman holds a cigarette to her lips with one hand and, in the other, clutches a rock she looks like she’s about to throw. Posted alongside the canvas is a related written narrative, in the form of an identically titled poem about an ornery mother who hurls a rock at a neighbor’s child.
Noteworthy for its delicate intricacy and mysterious content is “An Honorable Death,” an etching by Elaine Su-Hui Chew. It suggests a diamond-shaped kite caught in a configuration of tightly strung wires, loosely tangled strings and what appear to be spider webs and starbursts.
Also among the show’s more intriguing pieces is Jan Gilbert’s “La Favorite: In the Deep, Deep Country of St. Etienne.” Housed in a wall-mounted vitrine, it consists of an open, handmade book filled with abstract collages and displayed upright in a small, otherwise empty black suitcase.
Guest curator Rossey, who divides her time between Cape Cod and South Carolina, is an independent curator as well as an artist who works in several mediums. She has included three of her own small etchings in the show, as well as a handwoven plaid tapestry.
This is the latest of several exhibitions that Rossey has curated for Salem College in recent years.


“2012 Printmaking Invitational”,  Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa., 2012
Curated by Evan Summer


“Permanent Collection”. Nancy Margolis Gallery, Chelsea, N.Y., 2012
Here is a link to a video from the Permanent Collection opening.
“Frances Jetter and Irving Grunbaum”, The Studio on Slough Road, Brewster on Cape Cod, Ma. 2012
Frances Jetter is a 2011 fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
On the Issue Magazine, the Art Perspective," features the work of Frances Jetter "Printmaking cuts into the hypocrisy of War,” Summer, 2011
"Visions in Print,” Allegra LaViola Gallery 179 East Broadway, Lower Eastside, NY, June 29-August 6, 2011

“Carrier Pigeon Artists” Sacred Gallery, NYC, 2011

New World Iliads, #1- Flux Theatre Ensemble/Carrier Pigeon

"What an amazing night! I think this was one of our best ForePlays ever, in part because of the quality of scripts; in part because of the pairing of actors with roles and Kelly's playful direction; in part because of the beauty of the space and the spirit of the crowd; with all of the parts cohering into a really enjoyable whole.

It was also our first time partnering withCarrier Pigeon, the amazing fine arts and illustrated fiction magazine. Artist Frances Jetter shared a work to help inspire the playwrights, and she spoke with us a little about her process. If you have not yet become a subscriber to this gorgeous publication, we highly recommend it." By August Schulenburg

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe, April 13, 2011 6:00PM. An evening of Art, Poetry and literary works. 3 artists show their work and 3 writer's read  Join Carrier Pigeon as they launch the very avant-garde new issue of their journal Carrier Pigeon. 


they said in the Ministry of Love, where they had ways to make you talk. But I had nothing to tell.

“Cry Uncle,” an artist’s book by Frances Jetter; A graphic response to man’s inhumanity to man in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram and other places of torture.

November 1 – 26, 2010 Artist’s Reception Monday, November 8th, 5:30-8:00 PM
NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery 550 1st Avenue (between 30-33 Streets, enter through revolving doors)

Dr. Keller, the founder and director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Physicians for Human Rights, will speak at the reception at 6:00pm.

Dr. Allen Keller speaking at reception Artist/physician Dr. Mark Podwal to view book, click here

Traveled to Parsons School of Design, 8th Floor display cases April 11 to May 30th, 2011 

"Cry Uncle" exhibition on display in the Cohen Library Archives Nov. 7 – Dec. 21, at City College of New York, several talks will discuss these important topics:

“The Ethics of Cruelty” by author José Ovejero, who will discuss his novels with Prof. Jennifer Morton (Philosophy), Thursday, Nov. 10 @ 5 p.m., Rifkind Seminar Room NAC 6/316.

Exhibit opening reception talk "Torture and the United States of America: Why Accountability Matters" by Dr. Allen S. Keller from Survivors of Torture, Bellevue Hospital, Thursday, Nov. 17 @ 6 p.m., Cohen Library Archives.

“Torture within the Army” talk by Prof. Marie Rose Mukeni Beya on her research with Congolese children, Monday, Nov. 28 @ 6 p.m., Cohen Library Archives.

"Cry Uncle" is in the following collections:

New York Public Library's Spencer Collection

The Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections, Washington, D.C.

Lafayette College, Special Collections, Skillman Library, Easton, Pennsylvania

Plymouth State University, Lamson Library, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Charles E. Young Research Library, Special Collections, UCLA, California

University of Washington Library, Special Collections, Seattle, Washington

Ringling School of Art and Design, Kimbrough Library, Artist Book Collections, Sarasota, Florida

Rhode Island School of Design, Special Collections, Fleet Library, Providence, R.I.

Williams College, Chapin Library, Williamstown, MA.

Stanford University, Art and Architecture Library, Stanford, California

University of Colorado, University Libraries, Boulder, Colorado

University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special Collections, Denver, Colorado

Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Northampton, MA.

Jack Ginsberg, Artist’s Book Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Miami University Libraries, Special Collections, Oxford, Ohio

Honorary Mention Award for “Cry Uncle,” Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland 2010

 “Food and Form,” Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary. Washington, DC, October 25 - December 17, 2010

“Ink Plots: the Tradition of the Graphic Novel”, Visual Arts Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, October 10- November 6, 2010

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA,” an exhibition of original drawings, books, prints and animation by over 100 artists. “Ink Plots” traces the development of sequential art over four decades with selections by SVA faculty members and showcases the work of SVA alumni who are pushing the boundaries of the graphic novel today. “Ink Plots” is curated by Marshall Arisman, chair of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department, and Thomas Woodruff, chair of the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department.

“‘Ink Plots’ pays tribute to some of the most important artists responsible for the invention and development of the graphic novel,” says co-curator Arisman. “The years many of these artists spent teaching at SVA has greatly influenced the present generation of graphic novelists.”

Participating current and former SVA faculty members include Sal Amendola, R. O. Blechman, Sue Coe, Will Eisner, Tom Gill, Edward Gorey, Burne Hogarth, Klaus Janson, Frances Jetter, Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Harvey Kurtzman, Keith Mayerson, David Mazzucchelli, Jerry Moriarty, Mark Newgarden, Gary Panter, Jerry Robinson, David Sandlin, Walter Simonson and Art Spiegelma

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. awarded a grant to Frances Jetter for "Cry Uncle" in May, 2010.
The Great Small Works Temporary Toy Theater Museum, St. Ann's Warehouse, DUMBO. Brooklyn May 30-June 13, 2010
Earth: Fragile Planet,The Society of Illustators, New York, NY, June 4-July 31, 2010

Pages by Keith Mayerson

NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition

Museum of Comic and Cartooning Art, NYC.
March 12 – August 2010

Neointegrity: Comics Edition is an exhibition curated by artist Keith Mayerson that includes over 210 cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and fine artists who work with the spirit and power of iconographic languages.  With creators young and old, historic, currently famous, and soon-to-be-famous, the exhibition is also about the community and legacy of iconographic art and its ability to productively influence the world.  NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition includes such artist as Peter Arno, Mark Badger, Ruben Bolling, Jeffrey Brown, Robert Crumb, Liza Donnelly, Bill Griffith, Peter Halley, Mike Kelley, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Patrick McDonnell, Diane Noomin, Art Spiegelman, Raina Telgemeier, Chris Ware, Lauren Weinstein, Gahan Wilson, Basil Wolverton and many more. For the full list, please visit here.
Originally conceived as a utopic attempt to begin an art movement, the first installment of the NeoIntegrity show was held in the summer of 2007 at Derek Eller Gallery in New York City.  That show incorporated over 180 fine artists, with some cartoonists and illustrators mixed in to breach questions of high and low, rarified and pluralistic.  NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition takes the proposal a step further, showing the relatability of creators harnessing the iconographic vehicle to express themselves and to tell stories for a culture to understand itself in order for it to become a better place.

Dark Visions: A Collection of Printmaking From New York, Sacred Gallery, Soho, NYC, July 31- August 29, 2010

New Faculty Show: Glenn Grishkoff, Julia Salinger & Frances Jetter, The Gallery at Castle Hill, Truro, MA. June 29 - July 9, 2010

At Truro center for the Arts, Castle Hill THE MARY LOU FRIEDMAN CHAIR HONORS: Frances Jetter

Lasting Impressions, Mary Davis Holt Gallery, Salem Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem College , North Carolina. 2010
The Peacable Kingdom,  University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines, 2010
In May, 2010, at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Frances Jetter gave the Arthur Williams Lectureand was the guest critic for the MFA Printmaking/Books Arts Program