Thursday, April 5 -- 1:30pm - 3pm --Bally's, Platinum Ballroom


Chair: Rachel Heberling

Panel: Liz Chalfin, Liz Maugans and Lauren V. Walling

Often In a world of drastic cuts in corporate giving and grant monies, and an increased self-reliance on funding, the need is stronger than ever for women to build community through the power of the press. Keeping the doors open as a printmaking studio requires an incredibly versatile approach that constantly changes with the times. Speak with 4 women who not only run successful printshops, but are leaders in their own communities. Whether for-profit or non-profit, we each have special ways of surviving and innovating through the gifts of giving back.


In relation to “Altered Landscapes” is our need to be incredibly malleable to survive and innovate. Presses from other centuries can remain relevant by solidifying truth and community in our rapidly changing society. Advocacy through print, particularly from young members, has spiked during this past year of political upheaval. Our communities at large are seeking alternative ways to connect and create social change.


Rachel E Heberling is the Studio Director of Frontline Arts (formerly known as The Printmaking Center of New Jersey). For 3 years Rachel was the Printmaking Center’s Studio Program Manager, developing education programming, contract printing, co-planning fundraisers, events and promotional materials, as well as managing, interns, studio rental, technical research and maintenance. Rachel was previously Assistant Client Manager in package design at Haney, for Procter & Gamble accounts in Cincinnati, OH, while also a printmaking instructor at Tiger Lily Press. She ran open studio sessions, did contract printing, was on the board, and assisted in planning a statewide conference. In the past, she has been the printer for artist Jay Bolotin, as well as an editioning intern at Island Press, Washington University, St Louis. Previously Rachel was graduate administrative associate for Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil at The Ohio State University in Columbus where she received an M.F.A. in printmaking in 2011.

Rachel’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the National Arts Club, NYC; Hoofprint Workshop, Chicago, IL; King St Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary; Roy G Biv, Columbus, OH; and The Corcoran Gallery Museum, DC. Her artwork is influenced by growing up in a log home near the mining regions of Pennsylvania, as much of her work portrays obsolete technology, abandoned industry and vintage advertisements. She also creates prints to raise awareness on Women’s Health issues due to her ongoing battle with endometriosis.


Liz Chalfin is the Founding Director, Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA. Liz Maugans is a Co-founder and Executive Director, Zygote Press and the Founder of Collective Arts Network and the Artist Trust Registry. Lauren V. Walling is the Executive Director, Women's Studio Workshop. Affiliations: Wells College, Yale University, Teachers College Columbia University.