Personal to Political

Exploring identity through art.


Members of the Paulson Fontaine Press (which includes renowned African-American artists like Kerry James Marshall) address issues of self, identity, and politics through their work.

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Paulson Fontaine Press specializes in limited-edition intaglio prints. The press emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich tradition of fine art printmaking. Paulson Fontaine Press’s philosophy is to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work.

In January of 1997, the press launched its first publication with four color etchings by Christopher Brown. Since then, Paulson Fontaine Press has published more than 500 editions with more than 45 artists including Tauba Auerbach, Ross Bleckner, Spencer Finch, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, the Quilters of Gee’s Bend, Kerry James Marshall, and Martin Puryear.


This exhibition features works in mediums such as prints, quilts, and more.

Around the World

Much of this work has been featured in exhibitions across the country and the globe. 

  • A quick look at the exhibition

    The African-American artists of Paulson Fontaine Press tackle weighty themes of race, self, identity, and politics head-on. Experience their work for yourself.

Take home the memories.


This exhibition was made possible by Chase Bank.