Exhibit: Color Matching Systems

Color Matching Systems: Nancy Sharon Collins
September 12-October 24

This exhibit demonstrates the process of color design for graphic arts and marketing applications before desktop publishing. In 2000, for the pitch of a high-end perfume packaging campaign, designer Nancy Sharon Collins designed a palette of colors which were then made into ink and printed on onionskin paper. Fifteen years later, these beautiful, vibrant sheets of color show how important, yet elusive and mysterious color manufacture and perception can be. Also on display are historical examples of color matching systems from Collins’ archive, including TOYO, Pantone, and some that you’ve probably never heard of.

Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert
on engraved social stationery. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery. She’s a frequent subject of popular media such as Vogue, Veranda, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and was most recently featured on the WWNO | NPR show “Out to Lunch” with Peter Ricchiuti.

Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City from 1978 to 2004. Clients then included Bergdorf Goodman, WaterfordWedgwood, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art.

Opening September 12, 6 to 10 p.m.