Carl Hoffner, Printmaker
Carl Hoffner received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in
Baltimore, Maryland in 1975. After working as a free-lance courtroom artist for a
Baltimore/Washington television station, Hoffner earned a graduate teaching assistantship
from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York where he graduated in 1979 with a MFA in
studio arts (painting). In addition to his studies, Hoffner also taught drawing and design
at Onondaga County Community College inSyracuse.
Hoffner initially studied printmaking in1978 when he was awarded a Summer Fellowship from Syracuse University. Though it wasn't until 1982 that he fully concentrated on the medium of lithography which has often been referred to as the most "painterly of the printmaking discipline."
A self-taught lithographer, Hoffner, studies and experiments in his own studio. Most of his early lithographs were drawn on and printed from one Bavarian limestone. In 1987, Hoffner began to experiment with color by drawing on and printing from several stones. The texture of the stones and layering of different colors created the rich, luminous and soft tones for which his lithographs are noted.
Hoffner chose to devote all his time and effort to printmaking in 1985. His work is found in many galleries throughout the United States. Several corporations have added his work to their collections-among them Agway, IBM, and Pfizer. Hoffner was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to assist in his study of printmaking. He has exhibited in many of the "Top Twenty Art Festivals" in the United States that are held in cities such as Ann Arbor, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Virginia Beach; Atlanta, and State College, Pennsylvania.
Hoffner was born in Wyoming, Pennsylvania and now resides in the village of Fayetteville, New York.