Highpoint Center for Printmaking


Recently I had the opportunity to visit Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, U.S.A. Before my visit, I knew that Highpoint’s collaborative print workshop has produced significant print editions by major artists for well over a decade. I also understood that alongside its print workshop, Highpoint maintained a vibrant community printshop and a significant print education program for the local community. What I had not understood was the extent to which Highpoint has successfully integrated all of these components within its impressive facility.

In my experience, Highpoint’s studios set a new standard for efficiency and organization. The classroom and communal spaces house equipment that would be the envy of some professional studios. Highpoint, within an impressive but comfortably designed space, serves so many functions at once; but my nose failed detected not even a whiff of the chaos that characterizes so many nonprofit organizations. (My nose is large, and keen for chaos, so trust me on this one.)

Of course, Highpoint benefits from years of careful management and consideration. The place was not built in a day. But it looks like it was built yesterday. And that is an impressive feat for any print studio, even if it actually was built yesterday!

What follows is a photo tour of the Highpoint facilities and several views of Highpoint’s annual Open Portfolio event, which was the reason for my visit.


Good prints below, indeed! Keep reading.


Master Printer Cole Rogers leads a tour of the editions studio


There’s a “shop snake” in that basket. If you play a flute properly, the snake will spit-bite your plate for you.




Editions studio, with Rob Fischer’s “Dodgeball” matrix in the background



Rob Fischer’s Dodgeball Matrix, constructed from old gymnasium flooring

Rob Fischer dodgeball

Fischer’s “Dodgeball” (the gymnasium flooring was printed in intaglio/relief with silkscreen accents)


Co-op studio space


Co-op studio space


Co-op studio space


Co-op studio space


View from the resident artist’s studio. The facility features an eco-friendly roof drainage system, and this rain garden was constructed in a reclaimed loading dock. 


print viewing area


Custom-built print display racks in print viewing area


One of Wille Cole’s flattened ironing board matrices, which were used to make this series of prints:

Wille Cole


Shop Hack: Vertical retrieval system for ferric tank


Shop Hack: Vertical squeegee storage


Shop Hack: Vertical art storage (apparently they go vertical a lot at Highpoint)

The space also boasts an impressive gallery space, which at the time I visited featured work by three artists who received Highpoint’s 2012-2013 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency.




Caitlin Warner


Jonas Criscoe

On the occasion of my visit, most of the facility was filled with tables showcasing the participants in Highpoint’s annual Open Portfolio event. Some participants are Highpoint co-op members or staffers, but others came just for the opportunity to share their work. The artists’ work was extremely strong and varied, and it was a bustling day of art and conversation. There was also fresh pizza, baked on site by a guy who drives a pizza oven around the Twin Cities.

Here are selected works by a few participating artists:


Jessica Gondek


Angela Sprunger


Mike Elko


Drew Peterson


 Miriam Rudolph

You can check out Highpoint’s Flickr stream for more views of the facility, including areas I was not able to photograph and documentation of events. The Flickr stream offers a much better look at the place’s wide range of programs and busy schedule.

Thank you to everyone in Minneapolis for making my visit so memorable!






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One Response to “Highpoint Center for Printmaking”

  1. Joseph Anzai says:

    Thank you, this truly brought back my desire to make art again

    I went to Cal Arts where I studied photography but while there, I feel in love with so many amazing art forms and print making was one of them. I had an amazing friend Rachel Schmukler that was a printmaker and an amazing one at that.

    To me this is becoming a lost art, I’m so happy that schools like HIGHPOINT CENTER FOR PRINTMAKING still exist.