Since 1979 the Drawing Show has been a hallmark of the BCA
s programming. Andrew Stein Rafferty, an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design, selected the artists for this years exhibition. Andrews work is featured in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum.
The exhibition examines how artists use drawings in the preliminary stages of the creative process to convey an idea. The 36 selected artists were chosen from a wide pool of applicants and include prints that demonstrate the preparatory phase of such mediums as sculpture, video, digital prints, collage and painted color studies.
I am most interested in drawings that illuminate an artist's train of thought and often selected works that are rough or show the signs of erasure and revision, explained Rafferty. In my own work as an engraver, I make up to fifty preparatory drawings and sculptural studies before I even touch the burin to the copperplate. My question to myself as I juried the show was: How do other artists use drawing practices to prepare their work?
The Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery is located at 539 Tremont Street, in
Bostons South End.