FRANCES J. MYERS



Born 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin
Frances Myers, who earned two degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.S., 1962 and M.F.A.,1965), joined the faculty there in 1988. Students Barbara Davies, Beth Davis, and Mark Niemeyer helped Myers print during her residency (April 7-12, 1980). "Please thank the whole printing crew for me again—they were all so good. And especially thank Barbara for waiting on me hand and foot. I was spoiled when I returned," wrote Myers, who added, "It was a very good week for me—I've never done a print so fast!" The resulting edition belongs thematically to a portfolio of aquatints and intaglios commissioned by Karen Johnson Boyd of the Perimeter Gallery in Chicago in 1977 and published in 1980. The renderings of such notable buildings as the Unity Temple in Chicago and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City were more than mere illustrations. Instead, Myers used Wright's designs as a "catalyst" for her own exploration of "flat shapes defining mass, and the rhythmic patterning of structural elements." The published portfolio includes an intaglio titled "Taliesin West" (1979). Three aquatints and three intaglios, including the one editioned at UNO, are related to this theme, but are not a part of the portfolio.




Taliesin West—Another View
1980; color intaglio on Newsprint Gray Rives; image: 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 (34.925 x 50.165), sheet: 21 3/4 x 29 7/8 (55.245 x 75.793); edition of 35