Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Lucy Gans

June 1 - September 30, 2016

Tracing My Roots: A Family Narrative is an exhibition of 20 prints by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites featured artist, Lucy Gans, displayed on the second floor of 1810 Goundie House.

To create these unique images, Lucy Gans uses a process called photogravure, a complex intaglio process on copper plates that can reproduce the continuous tones of her photographs. She layers the images with texts by combining the etchings with letterpress, chine collé and even lithographic transfer.

Save the Date: Lucy Gans will be giving an Artist Talk on August 28 at 2 pm and is FREE for members and non-members! Click here to reserve your spot now!

About the Exhibition

The work in this exhibition is part of an ongoing series of prints from the past few years that explores an attempt to represent a sense of self and belonging through the use of thoughts and images.

She began with her mother's hands and soon moved on to photographing all the women in her family.

The roots that are used in some of the prints came from Gans' garden almost 30 years ago and have traveled with her from house to house, studio to studio, becoming a part of her history.

Gans says, "I have been making a record of my family through their hands and their letters. My intention is to evoke the intimacy of writing, and to recall the familiarity of the photographic image. The images are meant as a conversation, as the kind of conversation we carry on, every moment, in our hearts and in our heads."


Lucy Gans works with sculptural forms, drawing and printmaking to produce works that are self-reflective incorporating memory and history in intimate ways, creating a space where women’s stories are articulated.

Her work is in public and private collections in this country and abroad, and she has been the recipient of the National Association of Women Artists: Medal of Honor, the Peabody award for her work in printmaking and the Clara Shainless Memorial Award.

She earned her MFA from Pratt Institute in sculpture with a minor in drawing. She also studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League, and earned her BFA from Lake Erie College.

She is a Professor of Art. the first holder of the Louis & Jane Weinstock ’36 Chair in Art and Architecture at Lehigh University where she teaches sculpture and drawing.

Learn more about her work here.

Lucy Gans


Admission to Tracing My Roots: A Family Narrative is pay as you see fit. The 1810 Goundie House is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm. Contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-360-TOUR to learn more.


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