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A Selection of Prints from the Collection of William and Nell Givler will be on exhibition in Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery from August 21 to October 14. The Cooley Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in Reed's library. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

William Givler (1908—2000) studied lithography at the Art Students League in New York in 1938; when he came home to Portland he convinced the Museum Art School to buy a printing press. Givler made printmaking and print collecting a foundation of his life as a painter and a teacher for 42 years. He gave courses in lithography and etching for at the Museum School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art) beginning in 1931 as a painting instructor and serving from 1944 to 1973 as dean. In 1949 he established the first Print Annual at the Portland Art Museum.

A Selection of Prints from the Collection of William and Nell Givler tracks Givler's influence on several generations of Oregon artists, among them the Givlers' friends George Johanson, Jack McLarty, Martina Gangle, Louis Bunce, Eunice Jensen, Manuel Izquierdo, Albert and Arthur Runquist, Charles Heaney, David McCosh, and others. As Nell Givler recalls, "buying prints. . . . gave him such joy. Our friends talked about the way he looked at them." As with kindred spirit Gordon Gilkey (1912—2000), with whom he shared his passion for the print medium, Givler found prints to be an endlessly fascinating education.

Givler's first print purchases, in 1941 and 1942, were a Picasso and a Yasuo Kuniyoshi. The Givlers bought many other contemporary European and American prints, although they focused on Italian and Northern Renaissance work, and on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection was never publicly exhibited; it is now owned by private collectors. A Selection of Prints from the Collection of William and Nell Givler brings together on exhibit for the first time the core of the collection William and Nell Givler amassed and offers the opportunity to savor the learning process of a lifetime.

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