Lower East Side Printshop, founded in 1968,
is a premier not-for-profit printmaking studio in New York City that helps contemporary
artists create new artwork and advance their careers.
Through the Printshop’s workspace residency programs, artists
receive space and time to work, stipends, technical assistance,
career development, and public exposure. With its exhibitions,
open studios, education, and other public programs, the Printshop
serves as a junction for artists, collectors, museums, galleries,
and educational institutions to access and engage in contemporary
art. With over 140 artists served each year, the Printshop
is the largest print workspace in the U.S.
Says Kiki Smith: “For me as an artist, I’m not interested
in having a studio. I don’t want a studio; I think
the idea of individual people owning lots of equipment for making
sculpture is really anachronistic. I much prefer the models
of the print world or the glass world: collective shops where you
own equipment together or somebody owns it all and you can rent. For
myself, I would like short-term rental of the studio.”
The Printshop was founded
by artist and educator Eleanor Magid in 1968 as an open access
art and community center. It
soon became part of the alternative space movement of the 1970s,
and it continues to be a major resource for artists, with its
groundbreaking 24-hour studio use, open access policy, and other
In spring 2005, the Printshop
moved from the East Village to a five times larger facility in
Midtown Manhattan. It
also expanded its programming to offer more opportunities to artists
and superb services. It is now the largest openly accessible
printmaking facility in New York City, and a major contemporary
art center, serving a diverse local, national, and international
In 2006, the Printshop was awarded
the Primary Organization status by the NY State Council on the
status is reserved for organizations that are, by the quality
of their services and their stature, particularly vital to the
cultural life of the state.
Many established artists have worked at the Printshop,
often in the earlier stages of their careers, including Kiki Smith,
Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Philip Taaffe, Robert Longo, Barbara
Kruger, Juan Sanchez, and Tomie Arai, and groups such as Colab,
Group Material, PAD/D, Anti Utopia, and Bullet Space, among many
The Printshop has recently collaborated with
artists such as Derrick Adams, Mark Bradford, Sebastiaan Bremer, Paul
Chan, Amy Cutler, Joanne Greenbaum, Arturo Herrera, Glenn Ligon,
Ryan McGinness, Matthew Day Jackson, Chris Martin, Carrie Moyer, Sheila Pepe,
Enoc Perez, Dread Scott, Kate Shepherd, Jean Shin, James Siena,
Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Janaina Tschäpe, Kara Walker, and Hank Willis Thomas.
Artworks produced at the Printshop are included in permanent collections
of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum
of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York Public Library, Museum of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design Museum,
RI, Corcoran Museum of Art, DC, Colby Museum, ME, Baltimore Museum of Art, DE, and the Walker Art Center, MN.
The Printshop houses an archive collection
of thousands of artworks created in its studio over the past
Artist Residency Programs
At the core of the Printshop’s services
to artists is the Artist Residency Programs, offering studio space
and materials for artists of all backgrounds and at all career
stages. The programs include financial and technical assistance,
exhibition and educational opportunities, and a supportive professional environment.
program serves more than 140 artists each year, on both open access
and competitive basis, regardless of the level of their printmaking
includes Keyholder, Publishing (both free and
competitive), Studio Rental and Contract Printing residencies (open
to all at nominal rates). For the participating artists,
the Printshop is a lab where they can explore, experiment, and
collaborate, in order to create new work. The Printshop is
an anchor throughout their careers, providing a place to work,
find advice, introductions, references, and continued exposure
through newsletters, website, and periodic exhibitions.
Exhibitions, classes, career development workshops, lectures,
and artist talks offer opportunities to study and explore printmaking
and contemporary art in depth, and hands-on. Students,
artists, collectors, and the general public engage in printmaking,
many of them for the first time, through the Printshop’s
educational opportunities include internships for young professionals
and career development opportunities for artists.
The Printshop is an active participant
in the field of contemporary art, taking part in major fairs,
conferences, and exhibitions. In 2014, the Printshop became owner and organizer of annual Editions/Artists' Books Fair in order to foster and promote its community of small independent publishers, and offer its artsts a greater exposure platform.
Master Printer Erik Hougen holds a BFA in Painting from Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN. Hougen is an artist, educator and printer. Since 2006, he has worked as a printer for the studios of Kathy Caraccio, Pace Prints, Howling Print Studio, Donald Baechler, and KaiKai Kiki Studio (Takashi Murakami). He has taught printmaking techniques at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY. He joined the Printshop in early 2011.
Hougen brings extraordinary professional experience in waterbased screenprinting, digital imaging, and collaborating with artists. In addition, he
trains and supervises all interns and serves as their mentor. He has served
as the collaborating Printer for many Special Editions, Publishing,
and Contract Printing projects since he joined the Printshop team.
Master Printer Doug Bennett editioning a print by Dana Schutz,
Preview Dinner at the new Garment District
home on 4/6/2005.
We left our old East Village home of
36 years on 3/31/2005.
Soft Hat Tour of the raw
new space, 12/11/2004.
President Jackie Battenfield and executive
director Dusica Kirjakovic signed the lease for the new space on
Summer 2004 in the old studio.
Eighties in the old studio: artist John
1972 in the old studio: neighborhood
children working with artists.