PrintFest is a dynamic, three-day event hosted by International Print Center New York for MFA students and BFA seniors to exhibit, sell, and trade their prints. Launched in 2015, PrintFest provides these emerging artists the opportunity not only to have their work seen by a broad audience, but also to network with other printmakers, see the work their peers are creating, and benefit from programming including printing demonstrations, and a panel discussion on working within the arts after graduation.

Open to the public during New York’s annual Print Week, PrintFest immediately attracts locals and out-of-towners visiting Chelsea galleries and the nearby Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, among other events. In 2016, IPCNY was pleased to expand the second iteration of PrintFest to include several additional schools for a total of fifteen, and hopes to continue to expand PrintFest in future years.

Click on the titles below to view past PrintFest events:

 

PRINTFEST 2016

 PRINTFEST 2015

 

 TESTIMONIALS

“Printfest was an amazing experience for the MFA students of City College. Not only did we get to show our prints in a magnificent venue, we got to meet other students and see what is going on in other programs. The exhibit itself was stimulating and fun, and the preparation leading up to it provided us with valuable hands on experience about what it means to organize for a show and how to best present our work. This will most certainly be useful as we look forward to our next steps as artists after school. Thank you so very much for this opportunity.”
–  Elizabeth Allison, City College of New York

“It was a wonderful opportunity for [the students] to organize, exhibit and meet their printmaking piers. I visited the fair twice over the weekend and it seemed very well attended and energetic. All around a fantastic success!”


–  Carl Fudge, Part-Time Faculty, City College of New York

“We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are really thankful that we were chosen to participate in such a prestigious event!  We all shared similar positive responses from the experience and all noted that the exposure to NYC’s greater community as well as other students work has influenced what we create and what we will create in the future!  We also agreed that the wonderful gift bags and tutorials that were provided to us while at PrintFest opened the doors to new possibilities in our practice with the use of the new materials!”

 

–  Steviann Matijevic, College of New Rochelle

 

“As a faculty member I was very impressed by the event and our students were very happy with the multiple chances they had to interact with other schools and the public during the three days of this event. It was great to see our students produce, curate, price , package, move and install their work and it gave them a chance to interact with a print community of other students, faculty and the public.  I know many of them had extensive conversations with the other schools at the event, you and your staff, and with the public as they talked about their work with the people who came by the booth to look at and purchase work.  They were also very pleased with the publicity around the event and the opening and the opportunity to sell work!”

–  Karen Lindsey, Faculty, National Academy School

“The panel discussion was of particular value to me, and the suggestions, both specific and general, were helpful […] Finally, we thank you for the opportunity to present our work in such a high level show. Many of us can now, for the first time, boast that we participated in a group show in Chelsea.  It was affirming on every level.”

–  Peggy Flaum, National Academy School

I thought I was familiar with the New York printmaking world, but PrintFest introduced me for the very first time to the many undergraduate and graduate printmaking programs thriving in the area.   I met enthusiastic students, who proved with mastery of traditional processes and the newer technologies comes the opportunity for definition-defying creativity. For participating students PrintFest offered a unique opportunity to set up a professional booth and to talk about their work, while demystifying printmaking, to a curious public, including potential collectors, curators, fellow PrintFest participants, and other artists.  It was a fresh, energized celebration of the print.”

 

– Roberta Waddell, Retired Curator of Prints, The New York Public Library

“Last weekend I visited the PrintFest hosted by IPCNY. I came to show support for two groups of students I work with at Parsons and Pratt Institute. I was super excited for them to have this opportunity to connect with their peers from the various academic programs from around NYC. These students know that IPCNY is the premiere gallery for the printmaking community in NYC and in some opinions the free world. The students all brought their most professional game that day and came back with new contacts, a better understanding of the context in which they are working, and a renewed energy for their studio practice. I would hope that IPCNY will continue to host PrintFest every year. It seems perfectly in line with the programming that printmaking and teaching professionals have come to expect and support by IPCNY.”

 

– Martin Mazorra, Co-Founder of Cannonball Press, Printmaking Professor at Pratt Institute and and Parsons School of Design

“Thank you so much for putting together IPCNY’s PrintFest! SUNY Purchase had a great time running our table and getting the chance to see work being made by our peers.  We all felt the event was a great chance to both get exposure for our work and also meet and chat with printmakers from colleges other than our own.  Would love to see this event or one of a similar nature be put together annually!”

 

– Samuel De-Poto, SUNY Purchase Student and PrintFest 2015 Participant

“PrintFest was fantastic. The students had a great experience and have thanked me again several times since for putting them in.  I am happy it was a success on your end too and that planning for 2016 is underway.”
– Megan Foster, City College and RISD Professor

 

PrintFest is generously sponsored by Speedball, Arnhem 1618 Printmaking Paper, and Akua Inks.