The Artist’s Eye: Three Houston Artists Collect Prints


  • James Surls, "In Hand", 14/15, 1991, Linocut, 109.2 cm x 86.3 cm (plate size), from the collection of Patrick Palmer and John de la Cruz.

The Printing Museum and PrintMatters are pleased to present “The Artist’s Eye: Three Houston Artists Collect Prints”, an exhibition of original prints from the collections of three Houston artists: Penny Cerling, Patrick Palmer, and Arthur Turner. With works selected by independent curator and art consultant, Elise Arnoult Miller, this exhibition offers an insider’s view of the works that hang on these artist’s walls. Each of these artist-collectors brings a different focus to print collecting.

Cerling, who was a Master Printer at Little Egypt Enterprises and Cerling Editions, owns an extensive collection of local BATs, or “bon à tirer” prints (“Good to print” in French). Palmer, and his partner, John de la Cruz, have a collection comprised of works by artists who, like Palmer, are also educators, including James Surls and Howard Warshaw. Turner’s collection spans centuries and many styles and includes prints by nationally and internationally known masters, from Albrecht Dürer to Alexander Calder.

Started in 2011 and organized by local arts group PrintMatters, PrintHouston aims to introduce the public to the best in contemporary and traditional printmaking. This summer-long event features an exciting program of print-inspired exhibitions by emerging and established, local, national and international artists at a host of galleries, non-profit and commercial spaces, and museums in Houston. Through lectures, panel discussions, special events and workshops, the goal is to educate the public about the long and varied traditions of printmaking and encourage the collecting of original prints.

Major support for The Printing Museum operations and programming is provided by the Houston Endowment, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Mid-America Arts Alliance. The Printing Museum is funded by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Additional support is generously provided by the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the Albert and Ethel Herztein Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Clampitt Paper, InfoVine Inc., Copy.Com, Spindletop Design, and Whole Foods Market.