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Fleisher From a Distance: WPA Prints at the Free Library

Discover the great printmaking treasures in the Free Library Print and Picture Collection. We will look at the robust collection of WPA posters and fine art prints that used screenprint and lithography. We’ll discuss their history, the artists behind the posters, and the printmaking techniques used to create them. Laura Stroffolino, curator of the collection, will help us put the WPA into the context of the library’s collections.

Bill Brookover is a printmaker and photographer whose work is based in his training in design and architecture. Born in West Texas, he studied art and architecture at Rice University, historic preservation at Columbia University, and printmaking at Fleisher. His prints explore design, color, texture, and geometric structure. His photographs explore architecture, layered landscapes, history and urban streetscapes.

In 2014, Bill began leading tours of Hidden Print Collections for Fleisher printmaking students. He volunteers at the Print & Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia building a digital catalog of the Fine Art Print collection. In 2014 he served as independent curator for Eugene Feldman Offset Lithographs, Print & Picture Hallway Gallery, at the Parkway Central Library. He is a member of Second State Press Mt Airy Art Garage, and The Print Center in Philadelphia.

This virtual tour is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 but is limited to maximum number of 100 participants. Advanced registration is required. The tour will be hosted through Zoom, which can be accessed on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices. We highly recommend downloading the Zoom app to your device in advance. You will receive a URL to join the demonstration after you complete the registration process.