Printmaking and Book Arts
M.F.A., University of Georgia
B.F.A., Kutztown University
Doug Zucco is an artist who works primarily with printmaking hand-made paper. Doug is also co-founder of White Crow Paper and works with artists developing and producing limited-edition books. For the past few years, Doug has been involved with a collaborative project with The New Arts Program in Kutztown, PA, to produce books with artists from various fine art disciplines. The purpose of the project is to expand the range of expression of these artists and to explore the idea of the book form. One of Doug’s recent collaborations with painter Clytie Alexander resulted in the editioned book Seeing Red, which has been purchased by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Currently, he is working on book and print projects with Lawerence Weiner and Dorothea Rockburne. He has had solo exhibitions at the John Greenhutt Gallery, Albany, NY; Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and Eve Mannes Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
Among his many group exhibitions are Boston Printmakers 03, Boston, MA; Slaymaker Gallery, Chicago, IL; Institute for Contemporary Art, Waterworks Gallery, Wilmington, DE; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; the Society for Art in Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA; John Szokes Gallery, New York, NY; and Holman Gallery, Carmel, CA; and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Museum, Winston-Salem, NC. His work was exhibited in the Whitney Gallery, Long Island, NY, in 2003 as well as Boston Printmakers in Boston, MA, in 2003.
His work is included in many prestigious collections, including the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California (collaborative book, Clytie Alexander, Seeing Red); Pew Charitable Trust, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Public Library Rare Book Collection; AT&T, Atlanta, GA; Hallmark Cards, New York, NY; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Comcast World Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA; IBM, Inc., New York and Atlanta, GA; DuPont, Inc., Wilmington, DE; and Chemical Bank, New York, NY. Also, he receives many private commissions.
|"Mudras", collagraph and
handmade paper, 2010
He is the recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his book project, Live on Paper, and has also received a grant from the Ford Foundation.
In 2005, he guest-curated the “Guild of Papermakers” exhibition at Payne Gallery. He has taught at Cedar Crest College and in the Lehigh County Community College Associate Art Program at The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA.
I've always been attracted to new marks and surfaces. In traditional mediums used in art making, one follows in big foot steps and well trodden paths. I always was aware of this, so I looked for new marks that were exciting to me visually. I also consider the surface that the marks are carried on to be as important as the color and information (marks). This creates for me the opportunity to reintegrate material and idea. This remaking or reintegration is what helps sustain my attraction to the aesthetic part of art making. I'm also interested in myth, allegory, and social dynamics. The growth and development of thought and its impact on human evolution is also something I take into consideration when planning works. I still believe my works are linked to the creative process, and meaning beyond the immediate association. I am relying on the understanding of the viewer to make those iconographic associations and comprehensions. I have found there exists a commonality of reoccurring threads beyond the iconic, light/darkness, male/female, good/evil, and life/death. These ideas seem to outlast the fluid critical theories that come and go.