Donald Farnsworth Biography

Donald Farnsworth





Donald Farnsworth, printmaker, papermaker, paper historian, inventor, and teacher, was born in Palo Alto, California on June 18, 1952. He studied chemistry at Laney College in Oakland and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1974, Farnsworth earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and, in 1977, he earned his MA in printmaking from the University of California at Berkeley.

His teaching careen began in 1975 when he was appointed Associate Professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Since 1987, he has been a guest lecturer or guest Associate Professor at the Universities of California at Davis and Berkeley, the University of Hawaii at Honolulu, and San Francisco State University.

In 1973, Farnsworth began making paper and he is an internationally known master printmaker and papermaker, and an authority on the history and manufacture of handmade paper. In 1981, he co-founded Magnolia Editions in the warehouse district of Oakland and is currently its director. Magnolia Editions has worked closely with artists to produce and publish fine art projects, including unique and editioned works on paper, artist books, tapestries, and public art. The studio includes facilities for etching/intaglio printing as well as digital printing onto substrates such as gessoed panel, glass, leather, plexiglas, aluminum, or raw linen.

Farnsworth has received awards and grants from various organizations including the Graphic Arts Council, the World Print Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His works have been included in numerous exhibitions internationally and are represented in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Loyola University Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.