Carol Wax

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Carol Wax

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Peekskill Arts Council Member Image
Peekskill Arts Council Member Image
Peekskill Arts Council Member Image

The Artist and Author

Carol Wax, one of the United States's leading authorities on--and practitioners of--the art of mezzotint printmaking, is also a popular author, educator and lecturer on the subject. Her book,  published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 1990 and reprinted in 1996, is a standard mezzotint reference work. Carol was born in New York City, and never strayed far from there. She has recently moved upstate to the town of Peekskill, lured there by a municipal program to attract artists, which includes an innovative government-subsidized Art Lofts project.

When not painting or printmaking Carol dedicates her time to giving mezzotint lectures and hands-on courses. Her hour-long slide lectures, attended by "artists/printmakers, master printers, collectors, curators, dealers and anyone with a general interest in art history," are full of fascinating information and images, documenting the history of mezzotint ("la manière noir" or "the black manner" as images are worked from black to white) from the very first print done in this technique in 1642 to the present day. Her mezzotint courses come in several formats, from a day to a week. Carol emphasizes that "prior printmaking experience is helpful but not required."