Current and Recent Showings


Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center for American Art - Washington, D.C.
    Discover America's Stories Through Its Art
                          Abstract Man
                          Black and White

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth TX
The Allure of Paper

July 9 - October 9, 2011

Hofstra University Museum
1930's: Art in America
February 28 - May 27, 2011

Children's Museum of the Arts, New York City
Artists of the WPA: Louis Schanker

April 24, 2011

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville NC
Artists at Work: American Printmakers and the WPA
April 29-September, 2011


Cornell University Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum - Ithaca, NY
    Splendor of Dynamic Structure:
        Celebrating 75 Years of the American Abstract Artists
            January 22–March 20, 2011   


The Huntington Art Collection - San Marino, CA
       Evolving Ideas - October 2, 2010 - January 3, 2011

Louis Schanker..benefited from the creative environment that the
 WPA and Atelier 17 made possible.
  Schanker began creating
 boldly colored prints that abstracted nature, such as
The Skaters
 (1941), with its three biomorphic humanoid figures, while
 working for the WPA and continued at Atelier 17.

Art Students League - New York, NY

    Selected Prints by Louis Schanker
        September 8 - October 8, 2009

An exhibition of selected prints by Louis Schanker on loan from
 the Susan Teller Gallery, New York.  Louis Schanker (1903 -
1981) began his art studies at the League in the 1920s. By the
 1930s he had taken up printmaking and became a graphic arts
 supervisor for the WPA. As a member of The Ten, Schanker
 advocated for experimentation and tolerance in art. His own
 graphic work established his reputation as an innovator in the


Treetops CMS at the Schanker Studio, Stamford CT
      Lyrical Abstraction
            September 14-21, 2008


University of Kentucky Art Museum
    Breaking Tradition, Forging Ahead
        WPA Prints from the Collection

            May 10 - September 15, 2008


Jundt Art Museum,   Gonzaga University,   Spokane WA
Sports of All Sorts,   
        December 1, 2006 - March 10, 2007

Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
"For the People, American Mural Drawings of the 30's and 40's" 
           January 12th - March 11, 2007


New York Public Library, New York NY
    Prints with/out Pressure:
        American Relief Prints from the 1940's through the 1960's

        October 28, 2005 through January 29, 2006

   From the catalog.......
   Louis Schanker was a key figure in the resurgence of interest in the color relief print. As a technically innovative
    printmaker and as a teacher, he influenced many of the artists in this exhibition. Trained at Cooper Union,
    the Education Alliance, and the Art Students League, he made his first woodcut in 1935, a challenging
    seven-color print, which already reflected his appreciation for the School of Paris (he traveled abroad from
    1931 to 1933), German Expressionism, and the Japanese woodcut. Though his early imagery was figurative,
    his work became increasingly abstract, concerned with Cubist distortions of form and space, realized with
    bright colors and tactile surfaces. While a member of the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project,
    and later the supervisor of color woodblock printing there, he developed new printing techniques. He layered
    oil-based inks on top of each other, often before the previous layer had dried, to realize dense, inky surfaces;
    he also printed colors over black ink, giving the colors a special luminosity. For a time Schanker shared a
    teaching studio at the New School with Stanley William Hayter, another passionate experimenter, though with
    intaglio processes. Schanker believed that
                     “The possibility of invention … is one of the most intriguing aspects of the woodcut.”