Fine artists were slower to respond creatively than illustrators and graphic designers, but an exhibition presented in early 2002 by Meridian International Center in Washington, D. C., True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit as well as Artists Respond: September 11, staged at the Rockville (MD) Arts Place, provided a source of new acquisitions. Two memorial print portfolios that were added to the collection are 9/11. Fear, Fate, Faith by students and faculty at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and September 11th, published by artist members of New York's Manhattan Graphics Center. In all, eighty-three artists' prints and drawings were acquired, many by gift. The majority of these artists had created their work not for the art market, but out of an inner need to express and allay their own personal feelings of anguish, mourning, and disbelief.
Helen Zughaib. Prayer Rug for America, 2001. Giclée print (Iris inkjet) of original gouache drawing (also a gift to the Library). Gift of the artist. Prints and Photographs Division (88) LC-DIG-ppmsca-01724
Molly Gaston Johnson. Icarus, 2002. Part of Corcoran School of Art + Design memorial portfolio 9-11 Fear, Fate, Faith. Drypoint, aquatint and etching, color blend. Prints and Photographs Division (95) LC-DIG-ppmsca-01731
Dave Peterson, Fate, 2002. Part of Corcoran School of Art + Design student/faculty memorial portfolio 9-11 Fear, Fate, Faith. Silkscreen on newsprint. Prints and Photographs Division LC-DIG-ppmsca-01728