For Kathy, the act of collecting has served as much as a form of memory making and storytelling as it has a teaching and research tool. She hopes this website will be a resource for the printmaking community and other lovers of art alike.
Approximately forty percent of the collection is currently displayed on this website. More will be added.
Kathy Caraccio started collecting prints while still in college. Very early in her career, Kathy apprenticed for four years as a master printer at Robert Blackburn’s The Printmaking Workshop, Inc. The experience working with Blackburn's collection and witnessing Bob Blackburn's approach to community making and mutual support decisively influenced the making of K. Caraccio's collection.
The collection has over 5000 artworks as of 2019 and consists of prints and handmade books covering a diverse range of techniques, subject matter, style, and time periods. It expresses and is a result of both Kathy's collaborations throughout the decades with artists, as well as her personal taste and appreciation for handprinted works.
Among the artists Kathy has editioned with and feature in her collection are Emma Amos, Ed Baynard, Romare Bearden, Brodsky and Utkin, Scott Campbel, Mel Bochner, Robert Blackburn, Robert Kipniss, and Louise Nevelson. Among the artists Kathy continues to collaborate with are Bea Bardin, Scott Campbell, Dave Collins, Gail Flanery, Stephen Fredericks, George Nama, Lynn Newcomb, Mikhail Magaril, Adam Pitt, Emily Trueblood, Robin Sherin, Tanja Softic and Ellen Weider.
The K.Caraccio Collection sporadically makes donations to other institutions and fundraising initiatives. The most significant donation made by the K.Caraccio Studio was to the Rutgers Archive for Printmaking Studios (RAPS) at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. K.Caraccio studio was among the founding members of the archive in 1982. The RAPS primary purpose was to document the collaborative activity among American printers and artists by serving as the repository of studios' artistic production and related raw matrixes. Starting in 1982, over the course of 30 years, the K.Caraccio Studio and Collection donated more than 500 prints to the RAPS.
Among other institutions recipient of donations in the past years are the Japan Tsunami Survivors Fundraiser, the National Academy of Arts and Design, the Portland Museum, the Society of American Graphic Artists - SAGA, Newark Public Library, the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Manhattan Graphics Center (2016, 2018), the Friends Seminary (2015), Artists Talk on Art - ATOA (2018), the Woodstock Art Association (2018).