The Wichita Art Museum presents the biennial Print Forum and C. A. Seward Dinner celebrating the work of Prairie Print Maker Charles "Chili" Capps. The Prairie Print Makers group was formed in 1930, when 11 artists gathered in the Lindsborg studio of Birger Sandzen. Leading the groups formation was C. A. Seward.
The Forum offers an afternoon of illustrated talks on the history, process, and expressive qualities of aquatints, expanding on the museum's exhibition Charles Capps: Prairie Printmaker. Capps was celebrated for his mastery of the aquatint technique. Speakers are Sarah Bane of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Reuben Saunders of Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, and Barbara Thompson, independent curator and granddaughter of C. A. Seward.
The Print Forum is free to attend and open to the public. Galleries close at 5 pm.
The C.A. Seward Dinner (5:45 pm) is $40 per person with a cash bar. Get tickets by September 5 to purchase a seat with speakers, Capps relatives, and museum staff at the Seward dinner. The dinner will include birthday cake to toast what would have been the artist's 121st birthday.
Image: Charles M. Capps, "Village in the Sun," 1951. Etching and aquatint, 7 5/8 x 10 1/8 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the Mosby Lincoln Foundation.