An Exhibition by Adele Henderson

on view November 19th, 2022
March 4th, 2023

Studio Gallery

Adele Henderson works back and forth across extended series or categories, each responding to a particular topic of personal interest and corresponding research. Industry and Abundance focuses on the historical beginnings and possible effects of global heating; How I Learned maps routes of global trade and illicit commerce; and Weather Report visualizes historical weather information in confluence with memory. Work from these series and others can be seen at adelehenderson.com

For her residency and exhibit at Book Arts, Henderson continues work in her Perceptions of Risk series. The first step is to lay out the x-y axis to define a field where both probability (from plausible to probable) and magnitude of impact (from individual to global) can be mapped or charted. In this case, she chose x to measure probability and y to measure magnitude. After the axis is set up, a variety of iterations are considered, and those terms chosen are set in type. A few small editions of between 2-4 prints were created, but most of the work is one of kind utilizing different papers, found materials, and printing on top of previously made lithographs. Henderson often works back into the prints with pencil, watercolor, ink and collage.

While at Book Arts, Henderson also completed the typesetting and printing for a body of new work that identifies and maps trees, shrubs and perennials in her expanding garden, where she is on a mission to remove invasive species and replace them with native and other plants that build soil and feed insects, birds, amphibians, etc. These maps will have additions of watercolor, marker, gouache, and pencil.


The Book Arts Studio Residency invites emerging artists to experiment with various printmaking processes in our community studio for a two month period, culminating in an exhibition of their artworks.  Find out more about the residency program.

Black and white image depicting monsters woodcut hand print on Rives paper by Sudi Wang

Adele Henderson grew up in Lincoln Nebraska where she rode horses and studied art. At 21 she left home to travel and pursue an MFA from Arizona State University. At 32, after moving 4 more times to take various residency and teaching opportunities, she landed her dream job at the University at Buffalo. Henderson is now retired and divides her time between the studio and garden, working and playing alongside husband and muse Robert Hirsch and their dog Marty.

Major honors include a NEA Fellowship for Works on Paper, and residencies at McDowell, Yaddo, Roswell Museum, and the Electronic Arts Institute at Alfred University. Henderson’s work has been exhibited in over 34 solo exhibitions across the US and Canada, over 160 national and international group exhibitions, and is included in numerous public and private collections.

Website: adelehenderson.com
contact: [email protected]

Exhibitions supported by:

Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY