The Old Print Shop

Art Werger


Art Werger received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1982.  He was Chairman, Fine Arts Division and Professor of Art at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia from 1982-2000.  He is currently Director of Foundations, Professor of Printmaking, at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 

Werger is a master printmaker working in etching, mezzotint, aquatint – with some of his images printed using multi-plate color.  Werger states, “the people are seen in casual activities which dominate their daily routines, often preoccupied or oblivious to their situations. They are often observed from an elevated point so that the environment lays out in front of the viewer. The viewer becomes an omniscient voyeur, privy to the world below, yet curiously removed from it. As a cinematic device, this abstract angle allows for an overview of the scene as well as an introduction to the characters within the environment. The actions of the characters are intended to suggest a narrative which requires the participation of the viewer to be resolved.”

He is a member of the American Print Alliance, Southern Graphics Council, MidAmerica Print Council, College Art Association, Florida Printmakers, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Middle Georgia Art Association, Vermont Art Association, and Boston Printmakers.

Werger has works in the collections of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Boston Public Library, MA; Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA; Brooklyn Museum, NY;  Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA;  Trenton Museum, NJ;  Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, MA; among others.