Zea Mays Printmaking is a professional printmaking studio, located in western Massachusetts. Since its founding in 2000, ZMP’s mission has been to provide a space and community to learn, create and promote prints made with the safest processes available. Zea Mays Printmaking collaborates with artists, studios and schools around the world to share innovations in non-toxic and sustainable printmaking.
The 6000 sq. ft, state-of-the-art printmaking facilities provide studio access for over 100 artist members, residencies, exhibitions and educational programs.
Curated annually, the Flat File Project is both a physical and digital collection of prints available for sale and exhibition, viewable on the website and in person in the Sanford Gallery.
Zea Mays Printmaking’s contract printing work includes editions for Jessica Stockholder, Alison Knowles, Scott Prior, Nanette Vonnegut, Ben Aronson, and Victoria Burge among others.
“The 3-dimensional forms of these artworks are cast from parts of my single rowing shell—a very long, almost impossibly thin, boat for sculling—and are supported by mahogany strips used on racing shells before the advent of carbon fiber. These boat forms are filled with and are surrounded by photopolymer etchings of the natural environment around water and riverbanks, of bodies moving through water, and of the dim and hazy landscapes under water. These images, and the boat form itself, relate physically and emotionally to the fragile relationship between nature and human activity. That relationship is both sublime and fraught. Rivers are rich and poetic metaphors for our unconscious thoughts, and are locations of horrible environmental abuse as well as heroic acts of conservation and restoration. These works of art are about those many layers of meaning that tie us to our world and separate us from it. “ – N. Diessner