Lou Stovall: On Inventions and Color

February 1 – April 30, 2022

Lou Stovall, Sundrinkers are we...the forest, the trees, 1971, screenprint, 40 x 26 inches, Courtesy of the artist.

Lou Stovall: On Inventions and Color is a survey of works by Lou Stovall, the master printmaker who has transformed the field of printmaking in Washington, DC since the 1960s. The exhibition includes works from across Stovall’s career, giving insight into the artist’s innovative approach to screenprinting and his decades-long study of color.

Stovall has been based in Washington since 1962, when he arrived as an undergraduate to study at Howard University. Born in Athens, GA and raised in Springfield, MA, Stovall found his home in DC and his devotion to printmaking, which continues to this day. In 1968, he founded Workshop, Inc., a screenprinting studio aimed to reach new audiences, connect with political movements, and create new opportunities for a diverse group of artists, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Mangold. These important collaborations will be represented in the show, which features works by Gilliam, Jones, and Lawrence, among others. A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Curated by Danielle O’Steen, Ph.D.

Download the catalogue essay and conversation with Stovall 

Audio Label Descriptions

Curator's Talk with Danielle O'Steen on Master Printmaker Lou Stovall

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