Welcome to Platemark, a podcast about art, ideas, prints, and printmaking



What is it about prints and printmaking that draws such fervent practitioners, collectors, and fans? How are prints relevant to all our lives? What do all those people in the "print ecosystem" do anyway?

Series one looks at prints and printmaking in the context of museums, the market, critiques, and the print ecosystem. Series two offers a history of prints and printmaking in the West. Series three offers interviews with the colorful characters of the print ecosystem. Join us and the wonderful fans of prints and printmaking.

Recent Episodes

March 28, 2023

s3e22 Laura Einstein

In Platemark s3e22, host Ann Shafer talks with Laura Einstein, manager of The Gallery at the Met Store.

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March 21, 2023

s2e25 History of Prints Jacques Callot (part one)

In s2e25, hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig take an in-depth look at Jacques Callot, who is the first printmaker in Western art to record the atrocities of war. He heads up any list of artists using prints to spread …

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March 14, 2023

s3e21 Pam Paulson

In Platemark s3e21, host Ann Shafer talks with Pam Paulson, founder of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, California. After earning her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1982 (she was a teaching assistant for Robert...

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Feb. 28, 2023

s3e20 Kimberli Gant

In Platemark s3e20, host Ann Shafer talks with Kimberli Gant, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. While Kimberli’s specialty isn’t in prints per se, she is one of those unusual non-print curators who likes and...

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Feb. 21, 2023

s2e24 History of Prints Reproductive Prints (part four)

Platemark s2e24 concludes hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig’s conversation on reproductive prints. This episode stars Hendrick Goltzius and Peter Paul Rubens.

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Feb. 14, 2023

s3e19 Maryanne Ellison Simmons

In s3e19, host Ann Shafer talks with Maryanne Ellison Simmons, printer and owner of Wildwood Press in St. Louis, MO. She and her husband, baseball hall-of-famer Ted Simmons, also collect contemporary art.

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Recent Blog Posts

Platemark s3e20 Kimberli Gant, curator, Brooklyn Museum

Podcast host Ann Shafer talks with Kimberli Gant about museums, prints, Jacob Lawrence, and the Mbari Club..

Platemark series three hits its fifteenth episode

Platemark host Ann Shafer updates listeners on how series three is coming along.

Platemark podcast, series three begins

Platemark's first episode in series three (interviews with print ecosystem luminaries) kicks off with Paula Panczenko, Tandem Press, and Russell Panczenk…