African American Works on Paper

September 5th, 2001 by Adam

The gallery and exhibitions program at Plymouth State College presents, African American Works on Paper from the private collection of Wes and Missy Cochran of LaGrange, Georgia, through October 6.

The exhibition includes 75 prints, drawings, watercolor and mixed-media pieces by 64 artists, most of whom have been creating art since the 1930s.

“This is not an ordinary collection, and it is duplicated nowhere,” says graphic artist and painter Bob Blackburn, who is founder and director of The Printmaking Workshop in New York. “This exhibition grew out of the imaginative dream of Wes and Missy Cochran. They wanted to create a collection of prints reflective of African Americans, which could be displayed as an artistic, educational and cultural presentation. … The Cochran’s collection is not an erudite statement about the African American experience, but it reveals the personal vision and joy of one couple who bring (to the public) their enthusiasm, love and deep feelings about African American art.”

Artists represented in African American Works on Paper include Romeare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, Sam Gilliam, Elizabeth Catlett and Howardena Pindell. Also John Wilson, James Wells, Marvin and Morgan Smith, Beverly Buchanan and Trena Banks.

The exhibition at Plymouth State is part of a 17-city national tour. For information contact Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions, 603-535-2614, or via e-mail to