Norman Strike Biography

Norman Strike




Printmaker Norman Strike was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1949. Following graduation from Wartburg College, Iowa, where he received his BA in sociology in 1972, he relocated to Washington, D.C. where he took his first printmaking courses 1979 at the Washington Women's Art Center, along with portraiture drawing classes. He then took intensive courses in etching under Ann Zahn at the Printmaker's Studio in Bethesda in 1981. This was followed by political cartooning workshops at the Institute for Policy Studies (1984) and woodcut printmaking with Sydney Chafetz at Pyramid Atlantic (1990).

In 1985 Strike cofounded the Washington Printmakers' Gallery with several other local printmakers. The gallery released an annual calendar featuring original fine prints by local artists for each month. Strike's work was included in several of the publications which are now housed in the Library of Congress, the National Museum of American History, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Strike has received awards for his work from the Laurel Art Guild and Patuxent Art League (both in Maryland). His work "Ben's Chili Bowl" won the 1998 Juror's Choice award at a print exhibition hosted by Maryland's then First Lady, Frances Glendenning, and is now housed at the National Museum of American History. He continues to work in Washington, D.C.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1985: George Meaney Labor Center, Silver Spring, MD
1987, 1989: "The Bite of the Print," Washington Printmaker's Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1994: "At the Crossroads," Newman Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1999: "Crossroads," Paint Branch Unitarian Church, Adelph, MD
2001: "Retrosepctive," Savory Cafe, Takoma Park, MD
2002: "Portraits in Pencil, Print, and Water," Municiple Center, Takoma Park, MD; Solo Exhibition, Global Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
2003: Solo Exhibition, Barnes and Nobel Bookstore, Rockville, MD
2004: Solo Exhibition, Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD; Solo Exhibition, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1897: "Other Horizons," Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD; "Grabados, U.S.A.," Instituto de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Brazil; "Printmakers IX Show," New Art Center, Washington, D.C.
1988: "Comic Relief," New Art Center, Washington, D.C.; "Alphanumerics," Brody's Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1989: "Washington Print Calendar: 10 Year Retrospective/Anniversary Exhibition," Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C.