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Antioch College presents the Exhibition 'Sidney Chafetz: A Life in Print'

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – January 27, 2011 – The Morgan Fellows of Antioch College are pleased to present Sidney Chafetz: A Life in Print, a retrospective of the work of the octogenarian, Columbus-based artist and printmaker, from January 29 to April 29 in the Herndon Gallery, South Hall, One Morgan Place.

Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, this comprehensive exhibition features fifty of Chafetz's lithographs, woodcuts, and drawings from the 1940s through the twenty-first century, highlighting his witty and deeply humane sensibility and the major areas of his interest: politics, cultural icons, and the academy.

Some of Chafetz's pieces commemorate eminent writers and thinkers (Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Sigmund Freud), others satirize the foibles and empty platitudes of politicians and administrators. The chilling but informative Perpetrators series delineates the ordinary Nazi bureaucrats who executed the Third Reich's diabolic program. As energetic as ever, Chafetz's recent series, Legacy, takes aim at egregious abuses of political power in twenty-first century America.

Following his service in World War II, Chafetz earned his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. He went on to study at L'Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts in Fountainbleau and L'Academie Julien in Paris, then received further training as a pupil of Ferdinand Leger and, a few years later, of the printmaker Stanley W. Hayter. From 1948 to 1982 Chafetz served on the faculty of the Department of Art at The Ohio State University.

Chafetz has exhibited his prints nationally and internationally since 1947, and has held more than one hundred one-man shows in galleries and museums all over the world. His work appears in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the British Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, The Florida Holocaust Museum, and the University of Minnesota Center for Genocide Studies, among many others. His innumerable awards and fellowships include two Fulbrights, a Ford Foundation Enrichment Grant, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the Ohio Arts Council Governor's Award. Artist, master-teacher, social critic, and humanitarian, Sidney Chafetz has been recognized as a national and an Ohio treasure.

For exhibition information, contact Anne Bohlen at abohlen@antiochcollege.org or 937-286-8455.

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