Artist Yashua Klos leads a group tour of Black Pulp!, 2016
International Print Center New York is New York’s first and only non-profit arts institution dedicated to the innovative presentation of printed art, by emerging and established, national and international artists. Founded in 2000, the print center is a vibrant hub and flagship institution, maintaining its artist-centered approach through its New Prints exhibition series and dynamic scholarly exhibitions that engage the medium in all its varied formats. Since its inception, IPCNY has organized over 90 New Prints and curated exhibitions.
Entrance to the gallery is free, and IPCNY welcomes regular visits from schools, universities, and community centers.
IPCNY was chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State in 1995. Its first full season of activities was launched in 2000 with Hard Pressed: 600 Years of Prints and Process, our Inaugural Exhibition at AXA Gallery in midtown NYC. Curated by David Platzker and Elizabeth Wyckoff, the exhibition included loans from diverse sources including the National Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and others. Hard Pressed toured subsequently to Santa Fe, Boise, Idaho and Naples, Florida, introducing new audiences to the subject. That same fall, IPCNY opened its own space in Chelsea with a juried show of contemporary prints, the first of 50 such New Prints exhibitions which have been recognized by distinguished funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA, DCA, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Areté. Today, 15 years later, we have moved to a larger space, shown new work from over 1,600 artists, and developed over 70 print exhibitions. In 2007 IPCNY added a Spring Benefit to its fundraising initiatives, and we have honored three members of the printmaking community every year.
Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and, in 2016, hired its second Director, Judy Hecker from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Department of Drawings & Prints, IPCNY has entered its exciting next chapter. The vision for that chapter builds on IPCNY’s core mission, deepening its artist-centered approach, exploring the role of prints within broader artistic and cultural practice, and re-engaging the international artistic community.
Artist Party for the 15th Anniversary of the New Prints Program, 2015