October 12, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Distinguished painter and printmaker Michael Mazur will give an illustrated lecture about his recent work titled "A Funny Thing Happened To Me on My Way To the College Last Fall" in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather) at Amherst College at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst College Library, the lecture and a reception afterward at Archives and Special Collections in the Robert Frost Library, where there will be a small exhibit, are free and open to the public. Other artworks by Michael Mazur will be on view beginning October 19 at the Mead Art Museum.

A 1957 graduate of Amherst College, Mazur studied with sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin at the college. The recipient of B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Yale University, Mazur has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brandeis University and Harvard University. One of the foremost monotype artists in the U.S., he has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1962. A solo retrospective exhibition of his prints was presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2000. In 1992, he collaborated with Robert Pinsky on a translation of The Inferno of Dante, published in January 1993 with prints by Mazur. An edition of this portfolio, exhibited on a national tour from 1993 to 1997, was acquired by the Mead Art Museum in 2002.

The Oct. 22 presentation is held in conjunction with Mazur's October 18-22 residency as a Robert Frost Fellow at Amherst College. He and master printer Bob Townsend will be in the print shop of the Fine Arts Department working with the students of Amherst faculty member Betsey Garand on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.