D O N A L D   F U R S T





A member of the faculty since 1985, Furst is Professor of Art and Chair of the UNCW Department of Art and Art History. He has received the following recognitions for teaching: University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999; University Distinguished Professorship, UNCW, 1996-98; Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, UNCW, 1996; College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching, UNCW, 1992. 


Furst currently operates Ars Longa Press, a fine print atelier specializing in mezzotint and other forms of intaglio printmaking. He has shown widely in national and international exhibitions, including the International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland; Norwegian International Print Triennial; Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan, the Macedonia International Print Triennial, and the British International Miniature Print Exhibition. 





Date of Birth:  November 21, 1953    Ann Arbor, Michigan




M.A. and M.F.A. in printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky, University of Iowa, 1977,  1978

B.A. in art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974


Selected One-Person Shows


"Mystery in the Mundane," Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach , South Carolina, 2002

Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, 2001

"Quintet: Five Print Suites by Donald Furst," St. John's Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC, 2000

"Out of Darkness: Mezzotints by Donald Furst," Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas, 1996

"Archways, Stairways, and Night Ways,"  Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin, 1993

"Donald Furst: Eighteen Years of Printmaking,"  Collectors Gallery of St. John's Museum of Art,

    Wilmington, 1992

"From Here to There,"  University of Alabama in Huntsville,  1990

"Love and Architecture,"  Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990

Saint MaryÕs College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1986

St. JohnÕs University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1985

State University of New York at Geneseo, 1983

Biola University, La Mirada, California, 1983

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1982


Selected Group Exhibitions     (* denotes purchase award)


Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Hilo, * 2005

VII International Biennial of Engraving, Acquie Terme-Ovada, Italy, 2005

3rd Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition, New Leaf Editions, Vancouver BC 2004

Juried Show for Small Engravings, Muzeal Florean, Maramures, Romania, 2004

Boston Printmakers North American Biennial,* 2003

77th Annual International Competition, * The Print Center of Philadelphia, 2003

"Prints U.S.A. 2003," Springfield Art Museum (Missouri)

2nd Bienal Internacional Douro 2003, Alijo,Portugal

5th American Print Biennial, *   University of Richmond Museums (Virginia)

"New Prints 2002 Autumn," International Print Center, New York

Bradley National Print and Drawing Biennial,* 2001

"Interiors," North Carolina Museum of Art, 2000

International Print Triennial 2000, Cracow, Poland  and travel to NŸrnberg, Germany

Norwegian International Print Triennial, Frederikstad, Norway, 1999

The Boston Printmakers 1999 North American Print Exhibition

15th Los Angeles Printmakers National Biennial Exhibition, 1999

Agart World Print Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1998

34th International Miniprint Triennial, Lahti Art Museum, Finland, 1998

"Colorprint U.S.A.,"  50 American artists at 50 exhibit sites, one in each state, 1998.

"Common Ground,"  American Print Alliance touring exhibit, 1998

1st Northern Ireland International Small Print Exhibition, Townhouse Gallery, Belfast, 1998

Davidson Galleries International Juried Mezzotint Exhibition, Seattle, Washington, 1998

International Print Triennial 97, Cracow, Poland and travel to Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Parkside National Mezzotint Invitational, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 1997

"The Art of the Mezzotint," Chicago Center for the Print, three-person, 1996

"New Traditions: Contemporary Mezzotints," Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois  1994

Macedonia International Print Triennial, Zavod, Muzej I Galerija Bitola, Macedonia, 1994

British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Leicester City Gallery, London, and Scotland, 1994-95

Sapporo International Print Biennial, Sapporo, Japan, 1993

North Carolina Artists Exhibition, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1993

Third Annual International Miniprint Exhibition,*** Juniper Gallery, Napa, California, 1993

Harper College National Print and Drawing Exhibition, ** Palatine, Illinois, 1993

Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition,*  Clemson University, South Carolina;  juried by Ned Rifkin,

   Chief Curator of Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., 1991       

Stockton National V Print and Drawing Exhibition,*   Haggin Museum, Stockton, California, 1990

"The Architectural Image," Arkansas State University, three artists, 1989

American Miniature Printmaking Exhibit, Best of Show Award, San Diego State University, 1988

Traveling show of twenty American graphic artists selected by the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, 1986-89 tour

Rockford International '85,*  Rockford College, Illinois; Andrew Stasik, Director of Pratt Graphics Center, New York

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, two artists, 1985

Society of American Graphic Artists National Print Exhibition,*   New York; Una Johnson, Curator of Prints and

   Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1985

Alabama Works on Paper Exhibition,*   Auburn University; Richard Field, curator of prints and drawings, Yale

   University Museum of Art, 1985

"Interiors," Duluth Art Institute traveling exhibit to Hibbing, Saint Paul, and Duluth, Minnesota,  1984-85

"American Printmakers," American Cultural Affairs Center, Taipei, China, 1984

Prints U.S.A.,*  Pratt Graphics Center, New York; Gabor Peterdi, head of printmaking at Yale University, 1982

Dallas National Print Invitational, University of Dallas,  with 1982 tour of Scotland and England

"Architectural Images," World Print Council Gallery, San Francisco, 1982

Miami International Print Biennial,*   Miami Metroplolitan Art Center, 1982

Hawaii National Print Exhibition,*  Honolulu Academy of Arts;  Nathan Oliveira, artist,  1982

All on Paper International Exhibit,*  AAO Gallery, Buffalo, New York;  Douglas Schulz, curator at Albright-Knox

    Museum, Buffalo, 1982

Washington and Jefferson College National Painting Exhibition,*   Washington, PA, award for best oil painting in

    show; juried by Patterson Sims, associate curator, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 1981

"Two by Two"Ó Cudahy Gallery of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 1980

American Drawings III,*  Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit (see "Institutional Collections"); juried by

   Harold Joachim, curator of prints and drawings, Art Institute of Chicago; James Melchert, director of Visual

   Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts; Louise Svendsen, curator at the Guggenheim Museum, 1982

Print Club of Philadelphia National Exhibition,*   1979



Selected Institutional Collections


Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

State of Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Governor's Office, Heilongjang Province, China

Pratt Graphics Center, New York

Plains Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota

State of Iowa, Wallace Building, Des Moines

Portsmouth Community Art Center, Virginia

Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey

St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota

Oregon Art Institute, Portland, Oregon





Current Position


Professor and Chair,  Department of  Art and Art History    

University of North Carolina at Wilmington



Teaching History


University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1985-present

Mount Senario College, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, 1979-1985

Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1978-79 (sabbatical replacement)



Teaching Awards


University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999

University Distinguished Professorship, UNCW, 1996-98

Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, UNCW, 1996

College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching, UNCW, 1992



Grants and Research


University Research Reassignment, fall semester 2001, for "Rembrandt's Computer"

Cahill Grant (UNCW Faculty Research Committee) for "Chemical Milling Film Adapted for Art," 2001

Summer Research Initiative, College of Arts and Sciences, for "Etching Photopolymer Film," 2000

North Carolina Arts Council Artist's Fellowship, 1996

Cahill Grant (UNCW Faculty Research Committee) for "New Halftone Screens for Photographic Printmaking, 1996

Summer Initiative, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences, for "Waterless Lithography from Glass Plates," 1996

North Carolina Arts Council Artist's Project Grant, 1994 for intaglio print suite "421 Nights"

University Research Reassignment, 1994-95

Cahill Grant (UNCW Faculty Research Committee) for "New Methods of Vitreography," 1993

Electroetch Corporation, microtint research materials, 1993

UNCW Faculty Research Committee grant for "The Acid-Tint Method of Aluminum Plate Lithography," 1992

UNCW Faculty Research Committee grant for "New Methods of Mezzotint Plate Preparation," 1990

Emerging Artist Grant, Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear, Wilmington, NC, 1990, for "Monotype Exhibit"

PPG Corporation materials grant for "Printmaking with Teslin, " (synthetic paper), 1989

Fellowships and Travel

Travel in France, Italy,  Greece, and Germany in  preparation  for  National  Endowment for the Humanities 

   pilot course "Our Classical Legacy," 1984                                         

MacDowell Colony Fellow, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1983

Yaddo Fellow, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1981



Workshops Taught


Indiana University Graduate Printmaking Program, mezzotint and digital photopolymer intaglio sessions, November 2000

Print Studio South, Charleston, South Carolina, two-day workshops in mezzotint printmaking, 1994, 1996 and 1997

Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas, "Mezzotint: The Richest Black," two-day workshop, August, 1996

Southern Graphics Council annual conference: studio demonstration presentations at conferences in Baltimore (1993),    

   Tampa (1997),  and Austin (2001)

East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina,  "Art from Steel Teeth," mezzotint demonstration, March 1994









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