Hung Liu, "Crossing the River: Chasing," color lithograph, 2003. Photo CU Art Museum © Hung Liu.

Process Makes Perfect: Printmakers Explore the Natural World

Learn about contemporary lithographic printmaking through artworks exploring the beauty of nature.

March 9 – July 28, 2024

Featuring color lithographs and process works from the University of Colorado Art Museum’s Sharkive, Process Makes Perfect presents works by Don Ed Hardy, Hung Liu, Emmi Whitehorse and Red Grooms. Through drawings, preparatory materials and test proofs displayed alongside the completed artworks, experience prints inspired by the natural world, and the unique artistic practices that went into creating them.


About the Sharkive

University of Colorado’s Sharkive is a collection of more than 3,000 prints and related materials created in collaboration with Shark’s Lithography (now Shark’s Ink), owned and operated by Bud and Barbara Shark since 1976. Shark’s Ink has produced and published print works by some of the nation’s most distinguished contemporary artists. In 2018 the Sharkive was acquired by the University of Colorado’s Art Museum through a partnership with the Sharks and the Kemper Family Foundations, UMB Bank Trustee, and community support, ensuring its long-term preservation. 

Mo'Print Open Portfolio and Sale
Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Introduction to Linoleum Printmaking
Sunday, March 16, 9:30 a.m.

Intersections Lecture: Shark’s Ink – A Colorado Press
Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m.

Art at the Gardens
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Curator Conversations
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Printmaking with Recycled Materials
Friday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.

Everything but the Press: Alternative Printmaking
Wednesday & Thursday, April 3 & 4, 9:30 a.m.

Botanical Gelli Plate Printing
Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.

Botanicals and Pollinators in Woodcut Printing
Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, 9:30 a.m.

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