Anita Hunt, Lynn Peterfreund, Erika Radich, and Joyce Silverstone
Zea Mays (sweet corn) is a plant known for its ability to extract heavy metal toxins from the soil through its leaves and roots. Just as this plant is being used as a natural way of restoring contaminated earth back to health, our mission is to restore the art of printmaking to a healthy art form.
Zea Mays Printmaking is a printmaking studio, workshop, gallery, residency space, research and teaching facility. The studio’s mission is to honor the rich traditions of printmaking while researching and implementing practices that are safer for artists and the environment. Founded in 2000, the studio has grown into one of largest and most respected centers for green printmaking in the world.
Housed in a 6,000 sq ft former mill building in Florence, Massachusetts, Zea Mays Printmaking has repurposed an historic, industrial space into a cutting-edge printmaking studio, providing a communal space with presses and other equipment to over 100 artist members. Zea Mays Printmaking has an extensive workshop schedule with year-round courses in printmaking including etching, woodcut, screen printing, monotype, photo processes and more for beginners through professional printmakers. The internship program trains recent college graduates to conduct primary research into safer printmaking practices encouraging young artists to be innovators and entrepreneurs. The residency program at Zea Mays Printmaking brings international artists into the studio for anywhere from two weeks to three months.
The on-site gallery showcases original prints by member artists and invited guests. The Flat File Project houses over 500 original works on paper by member artists. Updated annually, and accessible through the Zea Mays Printmaking website, the Flat File Project provides opportunities for the public to view and purchase original prints.
The culture fosters sharing of ideas, technical skills, and growth opportunities for artists in both formal and serendipitous ways. When artists work side by side in the studio there is a beautiful exchange of ideas, information and inspiration.