In the fall of 1999, the Corcoran Gallery of Art presented the first comprehensive museum exhibition of the powerful intaglio prints of Evan David Summer. The deterioration of the natural landscape is a major and continuing theme in Summer’s work. The artist’s Landscapes and Nocturnes are stark visions of an uninhabited, futuristic environment with human presence implied only by the remains of monumental man-made structures.
The exhibition was comprised of approximately 30 large intaglio prints, including a number of recent Corcoran acquisitions. The exhibition included works in etching, engraving and drypoint, as well as several large collages that evolved from the artist’s experimentation with the collagraph technique. Among the highlights of the exhibition was Nocturne IV, recently acquired by the museum through the generosity of the FRIENDS of the Corcoran.
Evan Summer, 50, lives outside of Reading in central Pennsylvania where he has taught printmaking for 13 years at Kutztown University. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he studied with Harvey Breverman. His Master’s Degree in Printmaking at Yale University in 1975 was achieved while studying with Gabor Peterdi. He is represented in many distinguished collections around the United States including the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Art. He has had solo exhibitions at the Philadelphia College of Art, the Comus Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and two previous exhibitions in Washington, DC at the Franz Bader Gallery. Evan is the recipient of numerous printmaking awards and prizes, and is a member of the National Academy of Design, where he was recently awarded the Leo Meissner Prize for Printmaking.