Eric Avery & Susan Mackin Dolan

Renaissance Graphic Arts Award Winners

Eric Avery (born 1948, Milwaukee, WI; lives San Ygnacio, TX) has worked for forty years at the intersection of visual art and medicine. He has produced prints that explore issues including human rights abuses of refugees in Indonesia, Somalia and in the United States. His art medicine practice has focused attention on emerging infectious diseases, extensively about HIV/AIDS. His exploration of the print form as activism has resulted in print actions that merged clinical care and public health.

Avery holds a BFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson and an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He completed his training as a psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, New York. Avery has exhibited nationally and his work is held in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA; Fogg Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, both Philadelphia; Firestone Library at Princeton University, NJ; Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian American Art Museum, all Washington, DC; as well as The British Museum and The Wellcome Trust Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, both London, UK. Avery’s work was included in The Print Center’s 60th, 64th and 65th ANNUALS and in The Print Centers exhibition Philagrafika: The Graphic Conscious, 2010. Avery serves as an Emeritus Associate Professor at The Institute for the Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch.

Susan Mackin Dolan (born Maine) received an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work has been shown at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; Chicago Cultural Center, IL; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT; Mendocino Art Center, CA; Mesa Art Center, AZ; Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London; SOHO20 Gallery, New York; and Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX; as well as the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Miniature Biennale Internationale de Montreal, Montreal, Canada; and Manes Gallery, Prague. Dolan is included in national and international collections, such as the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, both New York; Smith College Library, Northampton, MA; California College of the Arts, Oakland; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and Clapp Library, Wellesley College, MA; as well as the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington; and Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris. Dolan’s work has been published in books including 1,000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Basic Printmaking Techniques and The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection.

Statement from the Artists:
Our collaboration was an attempt to create a dialogue about human trafficking and the struggles of migrant families coming into the United States from its southern border. We were invited to work with students in the papermaking studio at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, the place where we first met and began working together in 1985. A detailed account about the project can be found at