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Print Club donates $300,000 to Cleveland Museum of Art to help it build print collection

May 16, 2019 | In the Press

From Cleveland.com (https://www.cleveland.com/arts/2019/05/print-club-donates-300000-to-cleveland-museum-of-art-to-help-it-build-print-collection.html)

Rembrandt and His Wife Saskia, 1636. Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606â??1669). Etching. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland, 1959.81

The Print Club of Cleveland, which has supported the Cleveland Museum of Art for 100 years, is celebrating its centenary with a $300,000 gift to the institution.

The money will be used to advance one of the club’s main missions: helping the museum buy more art.

“For 100 years, the Print Club of Cleveland has generously supported the CMA and its spectacular collection of prints,” William Griswold, the museum’s director, said in a news release. “With this wonderful gift, the museum will further enhance its renowned collection of prints and drawings and continue presenting the very best in world-class art exhibitions.”

The museum described the print club as the oldest organization of its kind in the United States.

The club holds educational programs for members on the history and technical intricacies of fine printmaking. It also stimulates interest in collecting, and in expanding the museum’s collection.

The museum is celebrating that history now with the special exhibition “A Lasting Impression: Gifts of the Print Club of Cleveland.” The show focuses on more than 60 gifts by artists from Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn to Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, tracing six centuries of Western printmaking.

The show is on view through Sept. 22 in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery. The museum’s Fine Print Fair, an annual fixture on its calendar, is scheduled for Sept. 12-15.

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