Skip to Main Content
Skidmore College
Schick Art Gallery

Barry Moser, Prints & Drawings

July 1 - September 28, 2008
Gallery closed for summer break August 1 - September 1

Artist Delivers Fox-Adler Lecture*, Sept. 25th
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, 5:15 pm

Gallery Receptions: July 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
and immediately following the Fox-Adler Lecture

The Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College will exhibit a number of prints, drawings and books by Barry Moser that reflect various stages of the artist's career. Works for this exhibition are on loan from the R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA, and the Department of Special Collections, Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College.

*The Fox-Adler Lecture is named after the late Hannah M. Adler and donor Norman M. Fox and supports the intellectual mission of the Fox Collection, an invaluable asset for Skidmore students and faculty studying Victorian literature, illustration, and culture.

From Frankenstein, 1983, wood engraving by Barry Moser,
From Frankenstein, 1983, wood engraving by Barry Moser, image 8.5 x 6 inches; Collection, Lucy Scribner Library

Barry Moser is a big bear of a man with a full white beard and the Tennessee accent of a Bible Belt preacher (which at age 19, is what he was). Moser put himself through his last two years of college as a Methodist preacher, but his calling to the ministry didn't last. He was accepted into the Theological Seminary at Vanderbilt, but he declined to attend. He moved to New England and devoted himself to teaching and learning the crafts of etching and wood engraving. He later studied printing and typography at the Gehenna Press under the tutelage of Harold McGrath and Leonard Baskin. He is an extraordinary bookman and frequent lecturer on the art of the book.

Moser, who was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. and now lives in western Mass., is a virtuoso wood engraver, painter, designer, publisher, author, and lecturer. He composed his first line of handset type in 1969, and since then, his work has been published in more than two hundred books for children and adults. He is world renowned for his children's illustrations, wood engravings, watercolors, and reinterpretations of the classics, including the Pennyroyal Press editions of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Frankenstein, Huckleberry Finn, The Wizard of Oz, and the Pennyroyal Caxton Edition of the Holy Bible. Moser's art is represented in numerous library and museum collections.