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Ray George: The Life of a Printmaker

Publication Details

Ray George: The Life of a Master Printmaker
by Edwin G. Walker
ISBN 978-0978744199 • paperback • © 2008
76 pages (8.5” X 12”) • $40.00 plus $2.50 postage

MillikinUniversity and Bronze Man Books are honored to present this catalogue and accompanying exhibition as a tribute to the artist-educator Ray George (1933-2005).

It is our hope that this very important project will become a valuable resource for additional scholarship on the life and work of the incredibly versatile and talented artist, Ray George

Ray George: The Life of a Printmaker by Edwin G. Walker. (Decatur, IL.: Bronze Man Books, 2008). 76 pages, 8.5 x 12 inches, perfect bound. ISBN978-0978744199. $40.00 and $2.50 postage from the publisher at <> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.


Ray George (1933-2004) was a master print maker, teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. Ray was attentive to his craft, which being grounded in the act of drawing, lead his work through a variety of investigations - sometimes illustrative, but most often concerning formal abstractions of an architectonic nature.

Millikin’s Entrepreneurship Center and art department joined together to coordinate the exhibition and catalogue release of master printmaker Ray George this fall in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The exhibition and catalogue celebrated the life and work of Ray George
(1933-2005), a master printmaker and art educator for 30 years.

Faculty and students in the art department put together the exhibit as an educational experience, cataloguing more than 2,400 works overall. The exhibit itself was made up of 31 selected works, with supporting material including ceramics, jewelry and printing plates,
as well as personal tools from George’s Art exhibit serves as joint learning project home studio.

The catalogue was comprised of the selected works from the exhibit. Biographical commentary was written by Professor Ed Walker, chair of the art department, and the catalogue was published by Bronze Man Books, Millikin’s student-run publishing company. The catalogue and select original Ray George prints are available for purchase at Blue Connection, Millikin’s student-run retail art gallery. This cross-campus collaboration is part of the Entrepreneurship Center’s “Artist as Entrepreneur” program, which promotes self employment in art-related fields.

About the Author

Ed Walker is the Chair of the Millikin Art Department and Director of the Birks Museum. He has been the curator for several major exhibits on campus. He strives to coordinate the effort to produce catalogs to accompany installations and utilizes students, alumni, and friends of the university to successfully combine his skills in print design, exhibition design, scholarship and research.

Events & Photos

10.15.2008 Press Check at Original Smith Printing in Bloomington, Illinois

Staff from Bronze Man Books visited Original Smith Printing located in Bloomington, Illinois on October 15, 2008 for a press check on the final printing of Ray George: The Life of a Printmaker.

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