In many ways, June Wayne has broken more barriers to artistic expression than any other contemporary American artist. By establishing Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960, she helped elevate the craft of lithography and simultaneously was responsible for establishing the legitimacy of all print media. Through her teaching, her writing, and her art work, she has helped transform many of the practices that previously existed in the art world. Lithography was literally saved from extinction, thanks to the talented and knowledgeable hands, eyes and mind of the gifted June Wayne.
June Wayne is much more than a master lithographer, she is one of the world's most honored and admired artists. She is an award winning filmmaker (nominated for an Academy Award in 1973, for her documentary, Four Stones for Kanemitsu). She is an author of countless articles and books. She is a film, television and radio writer, producer and director. She is a teacher, lecturer, illustrator, critic, administrator, manager, innovator, and an advocate and activist for artists everywhere. She is quintessential.
Her concern with both her subject-matter and technical means of communication has always been of an extremely intense and searching nature, focused on the human condition and emotions. Her themes are devoted to and demonstrated by her personal concern for humanity. She is an intellectual and intelligent artist.
She had her first painting exhibition when she was 18 years old, in Mexico City. Since that time, June Wayne has carved out a place in the world of art that is unique. She has the practical insight of the businessperson and the esoteric essence of the passionate artist.
Women's International Center is profoundly honored to have the privilege to present the Living Legacy Award to a woman who continues to leave her memorable legacy to artists and art lovers everywhere.