Frank Eckmair (1930 - 2012)
Artist, printmaker, wood engraver, illustrator and teacher Frank Eckmair was born in Norwich, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of Iowa, where he studied with fine arts with Mauricio Lasansky. Upon graduation, he taught public school in upstate New York, followed by service in the U. S. Air Force. Upon his return, he received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Ohio University, where he developed his technique as a printmaker. In 1963, Eckmair moved to Buffalo, New York, and became a professor at Buffalo State College until 1995, when he retired from teaching. He also was an accomplished fine paper maker and established Buffalo Prints and Paper, assisting many institutions in the paper maker's art. Under the sponsorship of the Organization of American States, Eckmair organized a paper mill in Costa Rica, where he taught the theories and skills to professional artists from 14 member nations.
His distinctive regionalist woodcuts became widely known through his affiliation with Associated American Artists of New York. Eckmair was also the recipient of eleven grants and fellowships. His works are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, The Whitney Museum of Art, as well as in private, college and university collections.
Frank Eckmair died at Gilbertsville, New York.
Afternoon in November
Color woodcut, edition of 250, ca. 1970. Image size 14¼" x 10"; sheet size 16¼" x 12½". Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Numbered 110/250, titled, and signed by the artist in pencil in the lower margin. Ownership stamp in red of Harold Hugo, late president of Meriden Gravure Company. Fine condition.