Mission Statement

Honor the rich traditions of printmaking while researching alternatives that are safer for artists and the environment.
Share our knowledge as equitably as possible, through workshops, demonstrations, internships, residencies, collaborations, exhibitions, publications.
Provide a well-equipped, voc-free studio for artists to make prints and ways for artists to be recognized for their work.
Create a supportive community of artist printmakers.

Zea Mays (Sweet Corn) is a plant known for its ability to extract heavy metal toxins from the soil through its leaves and roots. Just as this plant is being used as a natural way of restoring contaminated earth back to health, our mission is to restore the art of printmaking to a healthy art form.  At Zea Mays we honor the rich tradition of printmaking by exploring alternatives that are safe for artists and the environment.

We acknowledge that we are located on the traditional land of the Pocumtuc and Nipmuck Peoples.


Zea Mays Printmaking’s mission has been to help make printmaking safer for artists and the environment.  Since our inception in 2000 we have always used this core value as a guide to our programming, research, and practices.  But in this moment of national awakening to Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, it’s time to rethink the definition of safer. Environmental justice, social justice, economic justice and racial justice are inextricably intertwined.  Being an advocate for one requires us to be and advocate for all.  

We begin this phase of our journey with deep introspection and consciousness raising education – acknowledging white privilege and reflecting on how it plays out in our organization.  We will examine how we can break down barriers of access to our studio;  how we can support BIPOC artist/printmakers by elevating their voices and promoting their work; and how we can be part of envisioning an equitable and safe future for all.