Zea Mays Printmaking

General information

Brief description of organisation

Zea Mays Printmaking is a studio and research center dedicated to the safest and most sustainable printmaking practices. Since its inception in 2000 our research program has tested alternative printmaking products and processes and integrated their use into our studio practice. Residency artist can avail themselves of the expertise of studio faculty and members.

Our 6,000 sq. ft. building is divided into four studios - Teaching studio with 3 etching presses, full etching facilities, photopolymer darkroom. Community studio with 3 etching presses, a relief press, etching facilities, storage, kitchen and library, Private studio with large etching press and multiple work tables and Silkscreen studio with Silkscreen press and washout sink.

We are equipped to assist artists working in intaglio, relief, monotype, photopolymer, paper and polyester plate lithography, silkscreen and mixed media Printmaking.

Zea Mays houses an extensive archive of prints by artists from all over the world as well as the Flat File Project.

A community spirit is facilitated through casual lunches in our kitchen/library, impromptu demonstrations and artistic camaraderie.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Zea Mays Printmaking is an art studio whose mission is to make printmaking safe for artists and the environment while maintaining high aesthetic standards.

Our Residencies are designed to fit an artist’s unique needs and desires. The core of the Residency is a prolonged time to work in our state-of-the-art printmaking studio. In addition an artist can learn safe printmaking techniques through workshops or personalized instruction. One-on-one critiques with core faculty are also available and can be added a la carte to the residency experience.

Artists in residence can opt to work in the private studio or the community studio. Prices and accessibility differ. Both options include on-site accommodations. Residencies can be a time of learning and experimenting, editioning or the execution of a pre-conceived project.

Complete details can be found on our website www.zeamaysprintmaking.com/residencies

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Printmaking
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

Zea Mays Printmaking offers 1 two week residency semi-annually as a subsidized fellowship

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food

Residencies are fully funded by the artist, although we would be happy to send letters of invitation and support to aid with grants and fellowships.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


Otherrural college town in beautiful western Massachusetts

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • darkroom for photopolymer intaglio
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Private Instruction/critique

How to reach

By train

Amtrak to Northampton, MA 2 miles to studio

By plane

Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA
1 hour drive to studio

By car

US interstate highway 91

Nearest airport

Bradley International (BDL) , Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA

Contact information

Zea Mays Printmaking
320 Riverside Drive
01062 Florence, Massachusetts
United States of America


Phone: 413-584-1783

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