John Hutcheson was a master printer in all of the traditional hand-printing techniques, including etching, woodcut, stone lithography, silkscreen, and handmade paper. His long, printing career began in Boston in 1965. Since then, he taught and printed continually in schools and studios across the United States, Canada, and Singapore. In 1972, he was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for two years of advanced study in stone lithography at the renowned Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also dedicated years of intense study alongside other master printers and papermakers in order to become one of a small and elite group who can share and teach the old and revered way of creating original art prints. Hutcheson taught and trained printmakers at institutions worldwide, including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada, Rutgers University in the United States, the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, and the University of North Florida. Hutcheson was well known in the art world and highly respected as a professional printer who worked with the best. He is credited as a collaborative printer on some of the world's most admired original prints. He joined UNF in 2008; he died shortly after he retired in 2016.
During the 1980s, Hutcheson ran his own workshop in the New York City area, printing and publishing limited editions for artists. Before, during, and after that time, he also worked in and for many of the world's leading print ateliers and museums. He did two tours as a printer and shop manager with the famous print publisher Ken Tyler. For five years, he operated Frank Stella's personal press for Petersburg Press of London and New York. He was also invited for several guest workshops to print with visiting artists at independent colleges and art schools including Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Hartford. Over the years, Hutcheson collaborated with hundreds of artists. He had long-term working relationships with many world-famous artists. His work with these artists appeared on television, in films, and in books. The original prints that Hutcheson made for these artists have set auction records and appear in private and museum collections including MOCA Jacksonville, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Tyler Archive collections in Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Minneapolis. In the past, these works included repeated large-scale and high-profile hand-printed projects with Chua Ek Kay, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Golub, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Michael Singer, Steve Sorman, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan,and Zhu Wei.
John Hutcheson inking woodblock for Steven Sorman's 'From away,' Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, 1988. Image courtesy of National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Photograph by Marabeth Cohen-Tyler. Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002.