LETTERS TO MOM: Prints by EJ Montgomery
March 9 – April 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 18, 5pm
Curated by Susan J. Goldman
Founding Director of Lily Press®
A selected timeline of monotypes, etchings, and screenprints representing the breadth of EJ Montgomery’s artistic career from past to present. Drawing on her practice of metalsmithing, textile design, photography, and painting, EJ Montgomery’s highly sensitive prints evoke themes of memory, through use of evocative automatic writing, calligraphic marks, and strokes of swirling lines. Color overlays, playful shapes, and textured etched surfaces in her painterly compositions are inspired by her love of world travel, music, and naturalistic formations in nature.
Evangeline Juliet (EJ) Montgomery, born 1933 in New York City, has had many roles in American culture, particularly as part of the multi-faceted story of African American art history. EJ has been indefatigable in helping to develop a network of artists and scholars throughout the Diaspora. For 25 years representing the Cultural Programs Office, U.S. State Department, EJ helped to advance the careers of numerous emerging and mature artists. She has initiated groundbreaking museum initiatives, exhibitions, and collections. For the past 40 years, EJ has been upfront and behind the scenes in all ways and more. She has had numerous solo shows and actively continues to produce new work at Lily Press®.
Image: EJ Montgomery, Letters to Mom, 2010, monotype with intaglio, 20”x16” image, 30”x22” paper, edition: 4/5