Nasty Protest Material-Making Workshop: Saturday, January 14 at 12 PM

Nasty Women + Newark Printshop collaborate for one day at Knockdown Center to assist the community in the production of flags, banners and signs – just in time for the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st .

Saturday, January 14 at 12 PM – 7 PM EST

Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, New York 11378

Organized by Jill Cohen + Angel Bellaran

This is a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January. Started by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore with a facebook post that read: “Hello female artists/curators! Lets organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???” The massive response has taken this call to arms into an ever expanding network of Nasty Women Artists & Art Organizers.

The Newark Print Shop (NPS) is a community fine art printmaking studio in Downtown Newark, NJ. Founded in August 2012, our goal is to support the fine art of printmaking by providing affordable and accessible workspace, educational programming through classes and workshops, and exhibition space dedicated to the fine art of prints. Newark is home to one of the most extensive fine art print and book arts collections housed at the Newark Public Library, and we wish to expand on this opportunity to put Newark on the map for printmaking!

Mission Statement:
The Newark Print Shop is dedicated to promoting the fine art of printmaking by providing a vibrant learning community and access to professional equipment and facilities. The shop incubates artistic expression through its educational opportunities, while simultaneously creating workspace opportunities for shop members and printmakers in our community.

Organizational History:
The story of the Newark Print Shop begins in the former artist studio of founder, Lisa Conrad, on Broad Street in Downtown Newark. After setting up her studio, she wrote a grant to support a printmaking workshop series for a small group of Newark high school students. With the support of the Newark Arts Council, students learned about papermaking, printmaking, and book arts. Local artists in the community began asking her about the opportunity to use the space to explore printmaking as well, and the idea for an open studio night was born. A small flier exhibited at the Newark Public Library revealing a former Newark Print Club confirmed this vision, and every Wednesday night became coined Print Club as artists gathered around the studio to make prints.

Just as the weekly Open Studio Print Club began gaining serious momentum in the art community, there was a fire in the building on Broad Street, consequently displacing the Newark Print Shop overnight. Determined to keep the spirit of print club alive, Lisa Conrad partnered with local artists Jacqueline Cruz, Stephen McKenzie, and Samer Fouad to found the new Newark Print Shop. With the help of Emily Manz, Brick City Development Corporation and RBH Group, NPS secured a new space to continue Print Club, as well as expand programming to include a residency program, workshops, studio membership, and exhibitions focusing on the fine art of prints. NPS is now a fully equipped community print shop located at 3o4 University Avenue, above the former Skippers Bar, around the corner from Index Art Center and across the street from Essex County College. NPS is still home to the weekly open studio PRINT CLUB every Wednesday night from 6-10pm.