Facilities

Zea Mays Printmaking is housed in a 6,000 square foot studio in the Baystate section of Florence in an old mill built in the late 19th century that once made Cutlery. We are located at 320 Riverside Drive in Florence, Massachusetts (just outside of Northampton).

Our studio is comprised of several spaces. On the main floor you’ll find the Sanford Gallery, our teaching studio with a 34″ x 60″ Takach etching press, a 24″ x 42″ Praga Etching Press and “Lola”, the Vandercook #4 letterpress, as well as our Etching facilities.  Also on the main floor: Screen printing facilities, Digital lab and Photopolymer darkroom.  The Annex, our private studio for residency artists and editioning projects is accessible through the teaching studio or it’s own private entrance in our courtyard. Our Flat File Project and a critique area are also located on the ground floor.

Upstairs is our Members’ Studio with 2- 24″ x 48″ Takach Etching Presses, a 24″ x 42″ Rembrandt Pelican Etching Press and 18″ x 24″ Showcard Relief Press, 1 Kelsey 8″ x 10″ clamshell press and 1 Kelsey 3″ x 5″ clamshell press and various cases of type, seven works stations, hot plate, library and kitchen.

equipment

  • 1 – 34″ x 60″ Takach etching press
  • 2 – 24″ x 48″ Takach etching press
  • 1 – 24″ x 42″ Rembrandt Pelican etching press
  • 1 – 24″ x 42″ Praga etching press
  • 1 – Vandercook #4 letterpress
  • 1 – 18″ x 24″ Showcard relief press
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″  Kelsey clamshell press
  • 1 – 3″ x 5″ Kelsey clamshell press
  • NuArc UV plate exposure unit (up to 18″ x 24″ plate size) in designated darkroom with sink and plate processing facility (note: our aquatint screen is 18″ x 22″)
  • LED exposure unit for screen printing – largest screen O.D. 27″ x 34″ 
  • Epson 4800 printer – maximum width A4 (17″)
  • Professional spray booth for airbrush aquatints
  • full plate processing facilities including vertical etching tanks with ferric chloride and horizontal baths with copper sulfate saline
  • large sinks
  • hotplates
  • light tables
  • plate cutter
  • print drying unit
  • library of books and periodicals
  • gallery with rotating exhibitions and the Flat File Project and Archives

The Annex (The Private Studio)

  • 1- 42″ x 70″ Takach etching press
  • 3 large work tables
  • 1 large inking table
  • sink
  • restroom access

Click on a photo below to see a slideshow of our facilities: