Gene Kloss: Pioneer Printmaker

White Gallery

GENE KLOSS: PIONEER PRINTMAKER | 11/19/22  –  05/06/23


Alice Geneva Kloss (nee Glasier) began painting and producing intaglio prints in the mid-1920s, and continued through the mid-1980s, yielding a body of work which is breathtaking in its scope and significance. During her lifetime, Gene etched more than 627 copper plates, with editions ranging from five to 250. Every print in every edition she pulled herself.  Believing subject matter dictated technique, she adeptly employed a variety of techniques including: etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint, soft ground and many experimental approaches, often on the same plate. From her first exhibition at San Francisco’s exclusive Gump’s in 1937, to her retirement in 1985, Kloss’s artistic career was widely hailed.  She received numerous awards. In 1950, she became the first female Associate of the National Academy of Design, and a full Academician in 1972.  Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Design, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of New Mexico, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution.  The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of her works in the world.



November 19, 2022 to May 6, 2023

  • Members: Free
  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children: $8.00
  • Military & Seniors 65+: $8.00

Mahlon Thatcher & Maylan White Gallery. Located on the 3rd floor of the Helen Thatcher White Galleries building.