Tune into our Spring 2023 PrintStream Studio Tours on Thursday May 18th at 6:30pm EST.
This Zoom event will give you a behind-the-scenes look at a breadth of print studios by the artists that use them. Participating spaces include Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Kansas State University Print Shop, Power and Light Press, and Two Parts Press.
MAPC PrintStream Studio Tours is inspired by the work of MAPC member Lisette Chavez and her work with the Show Me Your Print Shop platform that highlights innovative solutions for alternative print shop organization. Come explore some amazing print spaces, ask questions, and leave inspired to create a print shop in any space!
This PrintStream event is free and open to the public.
Access the Zoom here at 6:30 PM ET on Thursday, May 18.
This event is organized by the Member Engagement Committee of Mid America Print Council. This committee consists of both elected members of the board and general members. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “PrintStream Studio Tours” in the subject line, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you to the Member Engagement Committee for putting this event together! We hope to see you there.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking located in Minneapolis,MN. Its goals are to provide educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the community and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts. This tour will be given by Edson Rosas (he/him), the Administrative Coordinator at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Throughout the tour Edson will go over the major areas of Highpoint. We will hear from Gallery Director Alex Blaisdell (she/her) talk about Exhibitions, Director of Artist Programs Josh Bindewald (he/him) will show us the co-op space and talk about the residency and fellowship opportunities at Highpoint, Education and Community Programs Manager Tyler Green (he/him) will share the educational programing at highpoint, and Apprentice Printer Anda Tanaka (she/her) and/or Master Printer and Co-Founder Cole Rogers (he/him) will share what’s been going on in the Pro Shop.
Hosting the 2024 MAPC conference, Kansas State University is home to the Prairie Fire Printmakers Student Organization and the College of Arts and Sciences Current Prints Research Lab. Founded through a National Endowment for the Arts Artworks Grant and private donors, Current Prints brings together teams of artists, chemists, and student researchers with a mission to develop and refine innovative safe, accessible printmaking materials and processes and disseminate our research with the greater printmaking community. Recent developments include innovative methods for Electrolytic Etching, development and usage of Bio-Solvent Development and Environmentally sustainable, non-toxic Printmaking materials. MFA students Bryan Raymundo (he/him), Kyra Litwin (she/they), Charlie (she/her), and Charles (he/him) will present alongside Jason Scuilla (he/him), professor and area head of printmaking.
Power and Light Press is a ship-shape print shop built to handle all of life’s messy emotions, located in Silver City, New Mexico. Since opening in 2009, their greeting cards have been designed, printed, and packaged in-house. Their two-person company is fueled by “clean hands and filthy mouths.” This presentation will be led by press owner Kyle Durrie (she/her), and will tour their letterpress print shop and retail store, including images and information about their Artists’ Residency program and Moveable Type mobile letterpress truck, which toured around the country between 2011 – 2020.
Two Parts Press was informally founded in 2022 by Sara Hess (she/her) and Jon Swindler (he/him) in Athens, GA shortly after the purchase of a used 18 x 36” Conrad Intaglio Press. The studio is currently outfitted for intaglio, relief, monotype and screenprinting processes. Two Parts Press resides in a small, scruffy space behind Swindler’s home in Athens. Sara and Jon’s tour will address present and future goals for Two Parts Press as they continue to establish and construct the print shop for themselves and others. In the near future, Two Part Press plans to host artists-in-residence for week-long projects, in which artists can create editions with as much (or as little) printing assistance as necessary. Ultimately, they intend to sell these editions, splitting the profits with participating artists in order to fund future projects and endeavors.
Lisette Chavez (she/her)
Lisette Chavez is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator with a focus in lithography, drawing and installation-based work. She received a Master of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. She is the creator of Show Me Your Print Shop, and currently lives and works in Tucson.
Brett Taylor (they/them)
Brett Taylor is a print-based artist and art educator from South Florida, currently based in Columbus, Ohio. They earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from the University of Florida and their Master of Studio Arts in Printmaking from The Ohio State University. They are the current MAPC Membership Chair and Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Queer Studies at Denison University.
Show Me Your Print Shop
In September of 2014, I was fresh out of graduate school and deeply missed my former print shop at the University of Arizona. As a printmaker, no access to a print studio was one of the most difficult situations I faced as a postgraduate. Eager to start a print shop at home, I searched for visual resources and found little none online. I reached out to my printmaking friends and started an online group titled, “Show Me Your Print Shop.” Printmakers from all over the globe quickly joined and bonded through photos, memes and videos of print shop organization. Many printmakers showcased their customized tools and quickly showed us ways to make spaces more efficient.Lisette Chavez
Show Me Your Print Shop remains a visual resource for printmakers and creatives worldwide. In the SMYP feed you’ll find innovators, preservers, avid learners and doers. Printmakers who work in small spaces, and educators with limited resources. My hope is that printmakers realize we have unique and innovative ideas, and together, we can help one another.