Melanie Mowinski

Melanie Mowinski founded PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project, a hybrid gallery, teaching, and studio space centered around an operating Vandercook Universal III in 2011. PRESS anchored Main Street, North Adams for five years, and served as a downtown hub for students from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where Mowinski is a professor of art. She embraces measurement and precision in the letterpress process as well as going rogue and making crazy lock-ups with super powerful magnets. She approaches pressure prints, collagraphs and other alternative ways of printing in the same way—balancing hyper control with experimental investigations.