Anna Hogan: A Life Etched in Art
The Museum of Printing is sad to note the passing of Anna Hogan, esteemed wood engraver and friend, who died peacefully on December 17th just a few weeks after her 96th birthday. A local artist, Anna gained national recognition through the Wood Engravers’ Network and our museum.
Our art gallery showcases a permanent display of Anna’s work. Her talent and skill awe visitors. It was almost a decade ago when she walked through our front door with armloads of engravings, having generously decided to donate her life’s work to the Museum. We are honored to hold this important collection and showcase it for all to enjoy.
Anna’s art reflects her many interests. When she wasn’t teaching art at Stratford High School in Connecticut, she enjoyed traveling the New England countryside and the world, from Japan to Mexico. Every December, she created a new holiday card for family and friends. In the summer of 2013, she participated in the Wood Engravers’ Network weeklong Workshop at the Museum of Printing where she reconnected with old friends and made many new ones. In the autumn of 2013 WEN organizer, Jim Horton, wrote in Block & Burin “One of the best parts of the museum was an exhibition of Anna Hogan. Anna is a famed printmaker, now in her nineties, who lives in Andover. She actually attended the Workshop, called herself a student, and yet she could teach us all. As many WEN members know, her prints are precious jewels . . . as is she. A warm, sincere person and absolutely on top of everything.”
Always humble and gracious, Anna was notably delighted when Smithsonian Curator, Joan Boudreau, selected two of her prints, “Night Light” and “El Amigo de los Niños”, for WEN’s Triennial Exhibition. Another of her prints, “Hill Farm,” is on tour in WEN’s third Triennial Exhibition. The Stevens Library in North Andover is currently showing her work as well.
Anna Hogan was a very special person and we will all miss her. We encourage everyone to come visit the Museum at 15 Thornton Avenue in Haverhill and appreciate the artistry of her beautiful wood engravings. And we thank Anna’s family for their many kindnesses. They have suggested memorial contributions can be made to High Pointe House (c/o Home Health Foundation, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843) or to the Museum of Printing (business office P. O. Box 5580, Beverly, MA 01915, www.museumofprinting.org).Top ↑