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Linocuts by printmaker Frances Jetter

Political and social subject matter has long been the focus of Frances Jetter’s prints, artist’s books, and drawings. Her images have illustrated articles in publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Nation, the Village Voice and The Progressive. She also illustrated books for the Franklin Library, ads for Audubon, and book jackets for Knopf, Macmillan and others.

Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. A solo exhibit of her artist’s book on torture, “Cry Uncle,” at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Gallery traveled to Parsons School of Design and later to City College. Her sculpture and prints have been shown at NYU Broadway Windows, The Islip Art Museum, Princeton University, IPCNY, The John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK, The Poet’s House in NY, and The Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonghuigung Annex, South Korea.

Jetter’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, Detroit Institute of Arts, The New York Public Library, and Grinnell College Print and Drawing Study Room, Grinnell, Iowa. 24 of her prints recently became part of   “The Frances Jetter Illustration Collection” at the Library of Congress’. Her artist’s books are included in the Library of Congress’ Rare Books and Special Collections, The New York Public Library's Spencer Collection, and in numerous public and private collections.

She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, 2017-2018, two fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, in the category of Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books, in 2003 and 2011, and a grant from the Puffin Foundation in 2010. ‘Cry Uncle” won the Honorary Mention Award at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, Maryland in 2010.

She has taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1979.

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