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About Curtis Wright and Anniversary Year Press

Anniversary Year Press is an 1,800 square feet safer printmaking studio specializing in Intaglio, Relief and Monotype printing situated on a farm in Monroe, Washington.  The studio is equipped with a two Tackach floor model etching presses one 26" x 48" and the other 34" x 60".  There is also an Ettan tabletop 24" x 48" etching press.  The studio is equipped with a floor pedal type plate metal shear capable of cutting plates up to 24" x 36".  We also have two vertical etching tanks--filled with different dilutions of ferric chloride-- capable of etching plates up to 18" x 24".  There is a Nuarc 26-1KS photo exposure unit for exposing photo sensitive plates as well.  Custom made workbenches for applying grounds as well as dedicated inking tables are part of the well designed space.  Also part of the plate making space is an aquatint spray booth.  The studio has been designed to create full color work in an orderly fashion.  Anniversary Year Press also does contract printing as well as individual or small group instruction.  The studio can also be rented by the day by an individual or small group of artists.  Please contact me for pricing regarding contract printing, individual/small group instruction or studio rental. 

The idea for Anniversary Year Press began in 1997 with the birth of my daughter Anna.  Always having an aversion to using oil-based materials, I  switched to acrylic paint soon after I received  my M.F.A. in 1989.  In graduate school I did some printmaking--mostly monotype--and while loving the process, I hated the chemicals!  Often times, though, artists will sacrifice things to get a necessary result and a few years after grad school I was pursuing both monotype and etching in my paint studio using toxic solvents because I honestly didn't know a better way.  In caring for Anna it soon became apparent she would be spending a lot of time with me in my studio.  The thought of exposing her to the chemicals there was unacceptable --as was giving up printmaking.  Thus, I began years of research--taking each intaglio process one by one--in a attempt to continue to make prints in a safer manner.  This needed to be done without sacrificing quality as I was working as an exhibiting artist showing work nation wide.  Keith Howard, due to his own health needs, had done research and was a good starting point.  Mark Zaffron of The CRATE, who manufactures Z*Acryl products, became a friend and he both assisted and encouraged my pursuit.  By 2004 I was teaching safer printmaking to my students at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.

In 1999 I was introduced to Anniversary Year.  It was the end of a long losing day at Santa Anita racetrack.  Anniversary Year was entered in that day's final race and looked to be a standout.  He ran as advertised and produced a rather large--for me--payoff of over $200.  As the years went by, I would run into Anniversary Year during subsequent trips to the races.  By 2003,  Anniversary Year was in need of a new career, his sore feet not conducive to further racing.  Not knowing what to get me for my 40th birthday, my wife Margo encouraged me to claim Anniversary Year from a race and retire him.  Soon I had my first horse!  By 2007 Margo and I opened our press in a store front space in San Pedro, California.  The business needed a name and since that original payout had long gone toward hay and oats, I decided to have Anniversary Year lend his name so he could earn his keep.  Thus, Anniversary Year Press was born.

In 2009 Margo, Anna and I, along with Anniversary Year in tow, moved to Monroe Washington.  Now Anniversary Year Press is on our property--a small 4.7 acre farm--as is Anniversary Year, or A.Y. as he is known to his friends.  Now when you are working on plates in the studio you can look out the window and see A.Y. grazing in the pasture along with his friends Border Run, also a former racehorse and a son of the famous Secretariat, Only In My Hotrod--an American Quarter Horse known as Harley--and Opie, a Welsh Pony.  Bring a few carrots and you'll have friends for life!

 

--Curtis Wright

 

 

 

CURTIS WRIGHT, TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2007 – Present

Director, Anniversary Year Press, San Pedro, CA, Monroe, WA

1998 - 2009

Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

1992-99

Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA

1990-94

Woodrow Wilson High School, Long Beach, CA

1990

Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA

 

 

EDUCATION:

1989

M.F.A., California State University, Los Angeles

1987

B.F.A., California State University, Long Beach

1988-90, 1992

Humboldt State University, CSU Summer Arts

1997, 1998, 2006

Crown Point Press, San Francisco

1999

Aurobora Press, San Francisco

1982-84

Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2010

Close Observation, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Curtis Wright: Recent Work, L A Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

2009

12th Annual Exhibition: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Curtis Wright: Recent Work, Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

 2008

Building A Team: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007

 

Spring Training: The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

Winter Ball, Da Vinci Gallery, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles CA

Mozart 250, Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Grand Opening, Gallery 33 East, Long Beach, CA

Bottom of the Ninth, The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Blues and Baseball, Williams Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Fugue for Tinhorns, Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2005

Curtis Wright: Recent Work, Gallery 33 East, Long Beach, CA

Black to Gray, Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach

Inside Job, Rio Hondo College Gallery, Whittier, CA

The Baseball Reliquary: Hall of Fame, Pasadena College Gallery, Pasadena, CA

The Collectors Choice, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

 

 

2004

Art of the Game, The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery,
San Francisco, CA

 

Curtis Wright: As I Have Experienced, Recent Work, Hollywood Park Turf Club, Inglewood, CA

2003

The Baseball Reliquary: In Their Own League,Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

Faculty Exhibition, Rio Hondo College Gallery, Whittier, CA

2002

 Recent Work on Paper,J. Moore Gallery, Seal Beach, CA

 

Time to Believe,L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA

2001

Introductions,Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA

Faculty Exhibition, Rio Hondo College Gallery, Whittier, CA

 

Curtis Wright: The Great American Pastime, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA

2000

Curtis Wright: Black to Gray, Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1999

Collectors Choice,Art Institute of Southern California,
Laguna Beach, CA

 

Figuratively Speaking,American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

 

Northern National Competition, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI; Juror: Christopher Brown

 

Faculty Exhibition, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

1998

That Figures, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

 

HUMAN CONDITIONS, the figure, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

 

Minnesota National Print Biennial, Minneapolis, MN 
  Juror: Christopher Brown

 

Group Show at Digital Imaging, Hollywood, CA

 

Art on Paper 1998, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD;  Juror:
  Eliza Rathbone, Curator, Contemporary Collection, Phillips Collection

 

Curtis Wright at Digital Magic, Santa Monica, CA

 

LA Current: The Canvas is Paper, Armand Hammer Museum,
  Los Angeles, CA

1997

Nostalgia: New Paintings and Monotypes, Lizardi/Harp Gallery,

  Los Angeles, CA

 

Los Angeles Biennial Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1996

Curtis Wright: Destinations, Recent Paintings and Monotypes,The Art Bank, Los Angeles, CA

 

908 Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS:

1987

Gleason, Matt, “Exhibit of Artin the University Gallery,” University
  Times, California State University, Los Angeles, November 28, 1989,
  Review

 

 

1997

New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, West Coast
  Artists, Volume 2, Number 7, Book 13, November/December 1997

 

 

1998

ZYZZYVA, images from the black and white prints, Spring 1998

 

 

 

The Minnesota National Print Biennial, catalogue, Spring 1998

 

 

 

Tokomura, Megumi, “Artists’ works capture many sides of human
  condition,” Whittier Daily News, January 31, 1998, Review

 

 

 

Art on Paper 1998, Maryland Federation of Art Catalogue

 

 

Gottlieb, Shirle, “’Figures’ adds up to a powerful show,” Long Beach
  Press Telegram, June 20, 1998, Review

 

 

2000

Horse: From Noble Steeds to Beasts of Burden, Watson-Guptill
  Publications, New York

 

 

 

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 1, Spring 2000

 

 

2001

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 2, Spring 2001

 

 

2002

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 3, Spring 2002

2003

The Baseball Reliquary: In Their Own League, Saddleback College Art Gallery, catalogue

 

 

2004

Art of the Game, The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, catalogue

 

 

 

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 5, Spring 2004

 

 

2005

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 6, Spring 2005

Scarborough, James, “Figurative Contrast”, Grunion Gazette, December 6, 2005, Review

 

 

2006

Bottom of the Ninth, The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, catalogue

 

 

 

Rivers Voice, Rio Hondo College Literary Journal, Vol. 7, Spring 2006

 

 

2007

Spring Training, The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery, catalogue

 

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS:

1998

Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

 

Dr. Joseph Moshy, Sierra Madre, CA

Linde and Buck Buzard, Los Angeles, CA

Drs. Grady Harp and Armand Lizardi, Altadena, CA

Norman and Zoe Friedman, Manhasset, NY

Thomas and Brooks Belfored, Arlington, VA

Tom Papadimoulis, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Donald and Elizabeth Campbell, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Richard and Trina Lopez, Long Beach, CA

Robert and Geri Witt, Bel Air, CA

Glenn and Marylou Reed-Quinn, Long Beach, CA

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Merchant, Santa Monica, CA

Kathan Brown, San Francisco, CA

 

AWARDS:

Nicolet College, 1999 Northern National Art Competition,
Ripco Credit Union Award for Gray/Black IIImonotype

 
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