Witold Skulicz: 1926-2009

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It is with heavy hearts that we bring you sad news in one of our last posts of 2009. Polish artist, educator, and organizer Witold Skulicz passed away on December 28. In 1960, Skulicz founded the National Print Biennial in Krakow and helped to solidify Poland’s reputation as a graphic arts powerhouse in the eyes of the world. The International Print Triennial (as it was later transformed) became the centerpiece of a city-wide graphic arts celebration that would sweep through Krakow every three years. Skulicz remained an instrumental figure in the organization until his death.  To quote his obituary (via Google Translator), “Died suddenly. To the end remained in the center of events, full of ideas that only he could properly perform.” An attempt to list all of his many accomplishments would be impossible. Needless to say, the international printmaking community has lost one of its greatest advocates but can remain joyful in that the infrastructure he built and the minds he inspired will continue to function long after he’s gone.

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4 Responses to “Witold Skulicz: 1926-2009”

  1. alberto meza says:

    I am saddened by Prof. Skulics’ death. The print world has lost a powerful and energetic voice. My condolonces to his family, friend and fellow printmakers.

  2. Here is the Memorial Page on Facebook if anyone would like to leave comments and/or photographs regarding Professor Skulicz:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227737577051
    If the link does not work for you the Group Page on Facebook is “R.I.P. Professor Witold Skulicz”
    Please join this group and invite your friends to join in our effort to honor Professor Skulicz who worked tirelessly for the betterment of our international art community.

  3. Katarína Popaďáková says:

    Witek,
    zegnam sie z Toba jak z wspanialym czlowiekiem, ktory mi duzo dal, dziekuje

  4. It is my hope that the Krakow International Print Triennale will survive and continue to develop as Witold Skulicz always intended that it should. But in these financially difficult times nothing, alas, can be certain. What is however true without doubt is that Witold, in many conversations that I had with him over the years, was emphatic that the word ‘International’ in the event’s title should be the most emphasised one. His view of the international print community was generous and inclusive. His legacy, which is the responsibility of that community, should be that printmakers the world over unite to ensure that the Triennale continues, with a proper level of funding, and that the authorities in Poland and Krakow should be encouraged to support this most important event. I will do all that I am able to ensure that such efforts are made, and look to the international printmaking community to support these ideas.