‘Prints by Richard Florsheim’ Opening March 4 in Museum

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 18, 2005 – “Prints by Richard Florsheim,” an exhibit of lithographs created between 1946 and 1972, opens March 4 in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University.

Richard Florsheim was a prominent twentieth century American printmaker, painter, sculptor, educator and writer, who first studied at the University of Chicago before going to New York to study at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Metropolitan Museum, under Aaron Bohrod. His education was completed in Paris at the Musee Nationale d’Art Moderne.

Florsheim gained international recognition in the late 1930s when he began exhibiting his art at the Salon des Refuses in Paris, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Art. During the following years, his original prints and paintings were shown at many public galleries in the United States and in Europe.

Florsheim was a full member of the American Graphic Artists, the Audubon Artists, the Artists Equity Association and the prestigious National Academy of Design. During his career, he received the Art Institute of Chicago Award (1946), the Pennell Fund Award (1950) and the Library of Congress Award (1956). His original lithographs and paintings are included in several public museums in the United States, Britain, France and Germany.

Florsheim’s graphic work includes about 250 prints, the majority being in the medium of lithography. Much of Florsheim’s fine art it is an examination of how form and lines determine our ways of seeing.

The lithographs on display in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum span Florsheim’s entire career, from 1916 to 1979.

“The magic of Richard Florsheim the artist was his ability to translate into contemporary terms his vision of two locales–the city (Chicago) and the sea (Provincetown),” Sylvan Cole, dean of American print dealers, wrote in 1987. “He captured the shimmer of light against the brick and mortar and glass of the city and beams crossing the water.”

The exhibit will remain on display in the Museum through March 24.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is located in Memorial Hall Room 122. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call (573) 651- 2260.