About

A member of the faculty since 1985, Furst is Professor of Art and former chair (2002-2009) 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. 

 

EDUCATION

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 SOLO EXHIBITIONS 


“By Implication: Works on Paper by Donald Furst,” Otterbein University, Ohio, 2013.
"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 Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1986
St. John’s 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) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8th International Printmaking Biennial 2016, Douro, Portugal                                                                                    Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Print Biennial Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA                                        SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists) Centennial National Exhibition, 2015                                     
 35th Annual National Print Exhibition at Artlink, * Auer Art Center, Fort Wayne, IN, purchase for Fort Wayne Art Museum,
2015 18th Annual Washington (DC) Printmakers National Small Works Exhibition 2015, cash award. Washington Printmakers Gallery
“Layers of Identity,” Jerusalem Print Workshop, Israel, 2014
2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints, University of Richmond Museums (Virginia)
Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia,
2014 Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale For Miniature Graphics, Egypt,
2013 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Thailand,
2012 “Multiple Encounters 2012: Indo-U.S. Print Exhibition,” National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India.
8th British International Mini Print Exhibition, London, 2012 and other venues until 2014.
“International Print Exhibition IV,” Reseim ve Heykel Muzeleri Dernegi, Istanbul, Turkey, cash award, 2012.
7th International Miniprint graphics triennial, Lahti Museum, Finland 2010.
“Mezzotint: Out of Darkness:” International Mezzotint Festival, Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2009.
Wrexham, Print International 2009, Wrexham, North Wales, with travel to London.
Prints U.S.A. 2007,* Springfield (MO) Art Museum.
5th International Triennial of Graphic Art 2007 Old Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic. Three artists invited from U.S.A.
XIII Biennale Internationale de Gravure de Sarcelles,” France, 2007
Stone Plate Grease Water: International Contemporary Lithography, Museum of Modern Art,Machynlleth, Wales, 2007.
Tabula Rasa International Printmaking Exhibition, Resim ve Heykel Muzeleri Dernegi, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006.
Acqui VIII International Biennial of Engraving, Acqui Terme, Italy, *Purchase Award of 75-print edition of mezzotint Down and Out, 2007.
Los Angeles Printmaking Society National Exhibition, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. 2007.
Leonardo Sciascia Amateur d’Estampes, Milan, Italy, 2006 Three artists invited from the U.S. among the group.
Washington Printmakers National Small Works Exhibition,* D.C., 2006 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 Nürnberg, 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"” 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


TEACHING

Current Position

Professor, 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 2016, egg tempera painting
UNCW Academic Affairs Mini-Grant for artist residency at Tamarind Institute of LIthography, Albuquerque, NM 2011
Cahill Grant (UNCW Faculty Research Committee) for "New Methods of Manière Noire Lithographic Printmaking," 2010
University Research Reassignment, fall semester 2009, for stone lithography
North Carolina Arts Council Artist's Fellowship, 2006
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

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS


"Prints from the Un-Rocked Rock: the Curious Art of Mezzo-Litho."  Southern Graphics Council annual conference, Knoxville, TN, 2015
"Rembrandt's Computer: Mixed-Technology Mezzotint," Southeastern College Art  Conference, Raleigh, NC 2003
"Mezzotint Techniques," Southern Graphics Council annual conference, Austin, TX  2001
"Mezzotint: Tradition and Technology," American Print Alliance annual meeting, Savannah, GA, 1999
"Stirring the Techno-Stew," Southern Graphics Council annual conference, Tampa, FL  1997
"From Mezzotint to Laser Print," Southeastern College Art conference, Chapel Hill, NC, 1993
"Aspects of Mezzotint," Southern Graphics Council annual conference, Baltimore, MD, 1993
"The Resurgence of Mezzotint in Contemporary Printmaking," Southeastern College Art conference, Little Rock, AR 1989


WORKSHOPS TAUGHT

University of North Carolina Greensboro, "Edition by Subtraction: Mezzotint and other Intaglio Tonal Methods,"  March 2014
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
East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, "Art from Steel Teeth," mezzotint demonstration, March 1994