“Fran” was a distinguished Michigan artist and illustrator from the Detroit area. She studied art at the Parsons School of Design in New York and later earned her BFA from Wayne State University. She continued to follow her passion for printmaking by traveling to Japan later in life to learn and refine her woodblock printing style. As a friend of the Detroit Children’s Museum she met writer Mary Dodge and together they published “Maconsquah: Small Bear Woman”. The book is illustrated through out with Quint’s wood block prints. Below are two samples from the book.
Retired SVSU professor of Art Dr. Barron Hirsch established the University Art Gallery and had a long professional relationship with Mrs. Quint. Upon her death in August of 1994, her trust administrated by her two children Professor Peter Quint from the University of Maryland School of Law and Barbara Gray of New York, recognizing the years long friendship gifted the collection of works on paper, matrices, and tools to the University Art Gallery for the purposes of education and exhibition.
In this exhibition, you will see both Francis Quint’s printmaking skill and her finesse with watercolor. The show is divided into media sections so you can see how her work progressed and how the media influenced her subject matter. Older pieces are signed with her maiden name Higer.
All gallery exhibitions, lectures and receptions are free and open to the public. Click the following link for open gallery hours or call (989) 964-2291. The University Art Gallery is located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, svsu.edu/go/visit/maps/.