BMoCA and the University of Colorado Art Museum (CU Art Museum) present an evening celebrating Shark’s Ink, a Colorado treasure. The gala supports CU Art Museum’s acquisition of the Sharkive, an internationally important collection of prints created by artists from around the world in the Boulder County studio of Bud and Barbara Shark.
Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event that honors and preserves the Shark’s legacy in Colorado. Night of the Sharkive features artist-designed tables, farm-to-table dining, specialty cocktails, and music.
About the Sharkive & the Sharkive Initiative
Since 1976, master printer Bud Shark has collaborated with many of the nation’s most distinguished artists to produce and publish hundreds of innovative prints. Shark’s Lithography (now Shark’s Ink) originally opened in Boulder, Colorado, and moved to Lyons, Colorado in 1998. Artists of global stature come to Colorado specifically to work at Shark’s Ink with Bud Shark, who is known for encouraging artists to push the boundaries of their practice using diverse techniques. Notable American artists who have collaborated with Shark include Enrique Chagoyga, Jane Hammond, Red Grooms, Yvonne Jacquette, and Betty Woodman, among many others.
The history of Shark’s Ink is intertwined with the histories of BMoCA, the CU Art Museum, and the arts in Colorado. The Sharkive, also founded in 1976, includes an example of each limited edition print created at Shark’s Ink. The collection comprises over 2,700 prints and related materials from 40 years of collaborative work in lithography, monotype, and woodcut. It contains the final print from each of more than 700 limited editions and a rich assortment of preparatory materials—drawings, reference materials, color trial proofs, proofs with paper alternatives and artist and printer notes, and color separation proofs—that reveal the artistic and printmaking processes.
The Sharkive represents both Colorado’s cultural heritage and a significant chapter in post-war American printmaking. Limited-edition prints published and printed by Shark’s Ink are included in the collections of such prestigious institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, MO; the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and many, many others. The Sharkive is an exceptional resource for students because it not only includes an example of every finished print but also shows various steps of the creative process, including correspondence between printmaker and artist, color and paper proofs, drawings and photocopies on mylar. The collection further offers valuable opportunities for the study of the history of contemporary art and printmaking and a wide variety of aesthetic and social political issues.
Through a partnership with the Sharks and with the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, the CU Art Museum has launched an initiative to raise $2 million to purchase and manage the Sharkive and preserve Shark’s Ink’s legacy. The acquisition of the Sharkive by the CU Art Museum will strengthen Colorado’s increasingly influential position as a hub for the creation and study of contemporary American Art. The museum will make the Sharkive widely available to students, scholars, and the broader community for interdisciplinary, object-based research and learning in the museum’s study rooms and through exhibitions and publications.
The success of the Sharkive initiative and gala depends on your support. We hope you will join BMoCA and the CU Art Museum on April 27 to in honor Shark’s Ink and the Sharkive. CU Art Museum’s acquisition of the Sharkive is a unique opportunity to steward, preserve, and celebrate this incredible collection.