Peter Milton artworkAn exhibition featuring works by internationally known printmaker Peter Milton will be on display in the gallery of the Temple College Visual Arts Complex beginning Saturday, Sept. 14.

The show is titled “The Enigmatic Drawings and Prints of Peter Milton” and will feature 27 etchings and drawings. This is the first major retrospective of Milton’s work in Texas since 1969.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. At the reception, guests will have the opportunity to watch a video interview with the 90-year-old Milton that was taped at his studio in New Hampshire in October 2018.

Milton is known for his black and white etchings and engravings that display an extraordinary degree of detail. His work has been exhibited and in the collections of most major museums in the U.S. and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Museum and the Tate Gallery in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Samples of his work can be found on his website at

“Peter Milton is one of the most honored and respected printmakers in the world today,” said Visual Arts professor Michael Donahue, who organized the exhibit. “He produced an amazing body of work in more than six decades of printmaking.”

Studying at Yale with colorist and designer Joseph Albers, Milton discovered he was colorblind and has spent a career engraving and etching copper plates with unmatched sensitivity to black, white and gray. His work shows an intense love of drawing and many of his copper plates are labored on for more than a year. Toward the end of his career, Milton forayed into digital technology to create his graphic works. His digitally produced prints  ̶  whether in limited editions printed on paper or presented on film in light boxes  ̶  still demand as much time to conceive, create, alter, revise, and finish as his earlier works.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov 5.

The Temple College Visual Arts Complex is located at 2105 South 5th St. in Temple. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment.