Ann Conner is a nationally acclaimed artist best known for her seductive and formally challenging color woodblock prints. Her distinctive prints are exhibited at International Print Center New York, NY; Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan; Chicago Cultural Center; Flatbed Press Gallery, Austin, TX; Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston; and shown in permanent collections at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; New York Public Library; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Credit Suisse First Boston, London; and Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC.
Her prints are reviewed in Art On Paper, New Art Examiner, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who of American Women. She collaborates with Katherine Brimberry, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX(publisher of her woodcuts); Leslie Miller, Grenfell Press, NYC; and James Stroud, Center Street Studio, Boston.
Ann was born in Wilmington. She received a BFA in art from Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC; and MA and MFA in painting from th University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studied painting in Asolo, Italy with Salem-Hofstra University Summer Program. Ann is a professor of Studio Art at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Working in woodcut always is a challenge as the grain of the wood is so captivating. My images are, in many ways, a response to this. I like working with the natural material wood, however using it in a high-tech manner. Woodblock printing is the oldest form of printmaking, and it continues to have relevance for me in the creative process. I approach the medium nontraditionally by drawing mechanical images with a high-speed power chisel. My approach is straightforward and direct as to structure of the prints, but the grain is seductive