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March 2017

de Saisset presents Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions

The de Saisset Museum celebrates the life and work of Paula Z. Kirkeby with an exhibition of works from the Smith Andersen Editions Archive

Unique exhibition celebrates the life’s work of Paula Z. Kirkeby

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 3, 2017 — The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will present Unique and Multiple: Selections from Smith Andersen Editions, the Legacy of Paula Z. Kirkeby, on view April 7 to June 17, 2017.

The de Saisset Museum celebrates the life and work of Paula Z. Kirkeby, owner of Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, California with an exhibition of works from the Smith Andersen Editions Archive housed in the de Saisset Museum’s permanent collection.

The de Saisset Museum has housed the archive for Smith Andersen Editions, a nationally recognized fine art press since 1984. Under Paula Kirkeby's vision and leadership, Smith Andersen Editions distinguished itself as one of the pre-eminent fine art presses in the United States. Known for its unwavering commitment to serving artists, Smith Andersen Editions focused on monotype and monoprint—two methods of printmaking that result in limited edition impressions.

Unique and Multiple is both a chronological survey of work produced by the press and a tribute to its founder and guiding spirit. Paula Kirkeby was an irrepressible impresario of creativity as well as a patron of the museum. She will be remembered not only for her singular, outspoken personality but also for her lasting, cohesive impact on Bay Area communities of artists, printers, collectors, teachers and students.

Unique and Multiple is guest curated by Robert Conway.

On April 6, 2017 there will be a public reception at the de Saisset Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. The museum will also celebrate the opening of another exhibition, A Geography of Hope: Student Photography and Creative Writing in Conversation.

About the de Saisset Museum
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University’s goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a center for lifelong learning, the de Saisset facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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Image: Jay Phillips, Untitled (1983), monotype, printed by Ikuru Kuwahara and Scott Greene, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions, Gift of Peter Kirkeby, 2002.16.2.