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Joan Baez by Stephen Alcorn Stefano Corsi by Stephen Alcorn Billie Holiday by Stephen AlcornBob Marley by Stephen Alcorn

Stephen Alcorn is an internationally renowned printmaker, painter, illustrator and designer of books. In the words of art historian Kurt Cobain by Stephen AlcornDaniele Baroni, “Not since the Belgian master Frans Masereel has an artist reached such elevated heights in the art of printmaking.”

Although born in the United States, Alcorn spent a part of his formative years in Florence, Italy where he attended the fabled Istituto Statale Bono by Stephen Alcornd’Arte, an experience that left an indelible impression upon him and infused his work with a passion for bold technical experimentation in a wide range of mediums. It was there that he also met his future wife, botanical artist Sabina Fascione.

Twice the recipient of the Carter G. John Lennon by Stephen AlcornWoodson Book Award, Alcorn has illustrated several notable books, including Let it Shine, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. His award winning portraiture and illustration have been the subject of numerous feature magazine articles appearing in Print, Graphis, U&LC, Linea Grafica, Grafica & Disegno, Prometeo, and Abitare. His work hangs in numerous private and permanent collections, both in the United States and in Europe. An overview of Alcorn’s work may be enjoyed online at

Included in this exhibit, which is displayed Eric Clapton by Stephen Alcornin two locations—Babbidge Library’s Gallery on the Plaza and the Music & Dramatic Arts Library Lobby— are polychrome relief-block prints culled from Alcorn’s growing cycle of highly symbolic, often allegorical portraits entitled Modern Music Masters. Through this expansive cycle Alcorn seeks to pay homage to the men and women who bridged the gaps between tradition and innovation, craft and genius, entertainment and art, music and poetry, composition and improvisation, black and white.

Music & Dramatic Arts Library Lobby

Curators: David Kapp & Tracey Rudnick