Anne Schuster Hunter: Our Sixth Director

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Anne Schuster Hunter directed The Print Center from 1987 to 1989. During her tenure she focused on returning The Print Center to its historical position as an organization encouraging printmaking and photography in all forms as exciting, adventurous, contemporary media. She and Hester Stinnett co-directed The Print Club Residency Series, inviting prominent artists to collaborate with Philadelphia print shops between 1988 and 1991. Robert Cumming, Lois Lane, Winifred Lutz and Art Spiegelman were invited to work with lithographic master printer Timothy Sheesley and Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut printer Shigemitsu Tsukaguchi. In 1989, The Print Center was one of the sponsoring organizations of the citywide Photography Sesquicentennial Project, along with Bucks County Community College, The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Photo Review, and hosted the Project’s Philadelphia Photographers Exhibition Series. She oversaw improvements to the building, and with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, launched the Gallery Store. Among exhibitions that she curated were Natural Magic (pinhole photographs) and Ray Johnson’s Duchamp tribute, Prints after Étants Donnés. She facilitated an exhibition of printmaking experiments by iconic Philadelphia painter Arthur B. Carles, guest curated by Barbara Wolanin, and brought All The News That’s Fit For Prints, a show of political graphic arts organized by P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, NY to The Print Center.