Summer Workshops 2016

In the Summer of 2016, we are offering printmaking workshops covering Stone Lithography, Monoprint/Drypoint, Woodcut & Bookbinding, Etching/Intaglio, and Screen Printing. Schedule soon as workshops fill up quickly. The workshop fee for non-members is $110,  which includes the cost of some materials. 

We are also bringing back our popular Summer Membership, $250 for four months for full use of studio and two FREE workshops . Additional workshops are $110.

For more information, visit our Summer Workshop page.

Hot Metal Type Casting Demo

On Sunday June 5th, Kim Vito and Diane Stemper, DPC members, drove to Piqua to visit Greg Walter’s incredible collection of type machines and presses, and to see demonstrations of type casting machines. It was fascinating to watch and Greg is an amazing wealth of detailed information about each machine, how it works, the history and how many are currently in use.

Greg will do another demonstration on Saturday June 11. For more info, look for the email from Sherraid who forwarded the invite from Greg to DPC group.

We watched slugs (spacing for type setting) being made with hot metal. Then Greg ran a Thompson type casting machine that casts individual letters and ATF Giant Pivotal typecaster, a very large hydraulic machine, rather intimidating as it spits hot metal (!), that can cast large type (see letter F photo.)

Finally, visitors were able to operate a Ludlow type casting machine that casts line of type (see photo of name.) These processes were once the standard for newspapers and all print product (through the 1950s) prior to off-set litho (1960s and on.) We are lucky to have such a resource so close to Dayton. Kim and I highly recommend visiting on Saturday.

Please contact Greg the day before if you plan to go to Saturday June 11th demo.


Gretchen Jacobs featured on Dayton.com as Daytonian of the Week

Daytonian of the Week: Gretchen Jacobs

Dayton artist Gretchen Jacobs has been commissioned to create a painting to be displayed in the new Dayton Metro Library.
Dayton artist Gretchen Jacobs has been commissioned to create a painting to be displayed in the new Dayton Metro Library.


You’ve probably already seen the work of local artist Gretchen Jacobs. She’s been painting more than 15 years, and during that time has been very active in the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC).

But if you haven’t seen her work, you’ll have a new opportunity in the coming months. Jacobs has been commissioned to create a painting to be displayed in the new Dayton Metro Library.

Continue reading on Dayton.com –>

DPC Print Sale 2015

Join us at the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative for our annual DPC Print Sale.

When:  Saturday December 5th, 2015
Time:  11am to 4pm
Raffle:  3pm, Drawing time.

The Print Sale is the Co-op’s annual fundraiser where a percentage of sales helps fund workshops and operational expenses,

Raffle tickets are for a featured print, by Douglas Taylor, “East Third Blues”, screen print. Tickets are $1.00/ea.  The winning raffle ticket will be pulled  at 3pm.

View of post card : Flyer for DPC Print Sale 2015


East Third Blues, by Doug Taylor, screen print
East Third Blues, by Doug Taylor, screen print








DPC Print Sale information
DPC Print Sale information

Dayton Daily News – Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange 2015

A nice article in the Dayton Daily News  about Sherraid Scott and the origins of the Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange.

Yellow Springs resident Sherraid Scott, at the Dayton Printmaking Cooperative on North Keowee Street, holds one of her prints, “Song,” for this year’s 12th annual Dayton/Kyoto print exchange. The exhibit is displayed at the Dayton Visual Arts Center through Nov. 28, 2015. DOUG TAYLOR/CONTRIBUTED photo by: DOUG TAYLOR
Yellow Springs resident Sherraid Scott, at the Dayton Printmaking Cooperative on North Keowee Street, holds one of her prints, “Song,” for this year’s 12th annual Dayton/Kyoto print exchange. The exhibit is displayed at the Dayton Visual Arts Center through Nov. 28. DOUG TAYLOR/CONTRIBUTED. photo by: DOUG TAYLOR













Permalink:  http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/entertainment/an-enduring-east-west-connection/npBtY/

See the exhibit
The Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange is on view at DVAC, 118 N. Jefferson St., through Nov. 28. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

SONG: The Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange, an Exhibition at DVAC, Oct 23 – Nov 28, 2015

An international print exchange between The Dayton Printmaker’s Cooperative and Gen Studio Group of Kyoto, Japan.

Collectors’ Preview: October  23, 5-6 p.m.
for DVAC Collector-level Members & Sponsors

Opening Reception & Print Sale: October 23, 6-8 p.m.
free & open to the public

Gallery Talk & Print Sale: November 6, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery Hours
11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday

Some online articles and promos for the exhibition:

DVAC – Future Exhibitions



The DAI Printmakers Cooperative was founded in 1983 by Ray Must and Mary Campbell-Zopf at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI). The space, presses and equipment came from the closing of the Dayton Art Institute’s School. The original Co-op artist members were closely tied to the Art Institute. When the DAI renovated in 1994, the printmaking space was no longer available, and the Print Cooperative had to find a new home. The Art Institute gave the presses to the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), and the Print Cooperative members searched for a new home.

In 1996 the Print Cooperative members found a suitable location at 913 Keowee Street where they leased over 1000 sq. ft of space. They moved the presses and other printmaking equipment there and formed the new Dayton Printmakers Cooperative. The Print Cooperative has continued to grow, supported by the artist members in partnership with DVAC.

The Gen Studio Group came into being when Sherraid Scott and Keiko Yuasa were looking for a place to do etching in Kyoto and found a Kyoto Seika graduate, Iwao Yamagen, who had a studio. Both artists became very excited by the printing and the other artists in the group studying under Yamagen. They decided to call themselves the Gen Studio Group after their teacher, YamaGEN.
In the late 1990’s Sherraid decided to become a full-time artist and returned to Yellow Springs. She continued to study at Wright State and return to Japan each year where she and Keiko continue printmaking with Yamagen. In 2001 they began to discuss a joint America/Japan print show.  When Sherraid joined the Dayton Printmaker’s Cooperative in 2002 it seemed a perfect chance.  It was decided to have a print exchange between these two groups and the Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational was born.

Our first show was in 2003-4 at the gallery TOBE in Kyoto and at Wright State’s Experimental Gallery here.  The theme was FACES.  The Second Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange was held at the Dayton Public Library in Dayton and at the Kyoto Hakubutsukan Museum in Kyoto, where it has been shown each year since. The 2004-5 theme wasMETAMORPHOSIS.  The third exchange show in 2005-6 was shown at the Riverbend Gallery and the theme was THINGS WITH FOUR LEGS (4 legged things.)

The following year the U.S. was show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center.  The 2006-7 exchange exhibition, our fourth, was on the theme of BRIDGES.  In 2008-9, the fifth exchange show featured the theme of HIBERNATION, and was held at the Wright State University’s Experimental Gallery – repeating our first venue.

Each year the groups collectively decide on a theme for members to pursue.  The process is informal, and alternates between Dayton and Kyoto.  The process in Dayton is for each member to come up with ideas and for the group to collectively decide on one.  There are usually several to choose from, and the discussion can become intriguing.  For example, the theme of BRIDGES was selected for the broad metaphorical associations among other reasons.  Appropriately, that theme alluded to the “bridge” between Dayton and Kyoto that the Print Exchange Invitational embodies.  Several members from each city have traveled to see the exhibitions in the past five years – crossing that “bridge.”  In 2011 the theme for the sixth Dayton/Kyoto International Print Exchange Invitational was HOME/IE,  and was held at the Springfield Museum along with a collection from earlier exchanges.

Our seventh exchange was November 9, 2013, through January 9, 2014 with the theme of FOREST.  It was held in the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery in Yellow Springs.

Photos from our Drypoint Monotype/Monoprint Workshop Sept. 19-20.

DRYPOINT MONOTYPE/MONOPRINT  Workshop Instructor: Kevin Harris. Participants created multi-color images from plexiglass plates with and without drypoint etched imagery.  Saturday & Sunday, Sept.19th-20th

Some photos from workshop – by Kim Vito (member).


rint workshop - kevin harris - printing
Instructor Kevin Harris: printing
Drypoint monoprint workshop - kevin harris and sherraid scott - print
Kevin Harris and Sherraid Scott: Viewing a proof.
Drypoint monoprint workshop - kevin harris inking
Instructor Kevin Harris: Demonstrating inking.









Both monoprints and monotypes involve the transfer of ink from a matrix. However, monotypes are printed from applying ink to a featureless plate (print matrix), which the artist manipulates to create one unique print, while monoprints are created by applying ink to a plate (print matrix) that already has marks that are permanent. Each print from a monoprint is essentially a variation on the theme as the plate can be inked differently prior to each print.  There can be infinite variations.

Dayton Print Day – Aug. 8th, 2015 @ the Dayton Art Institute

 August 8 2015

Join us for a day of printmaking demonstrations and activities for the whole family! Dayton Print Day is held in conjunction with the special exhibition, Call to Duty: World War Posters, on view through October 4.View a large Civil War era hand-cut woodblock used to make relief prints and watch a 21st-century 3D printer that can make a sculptural reproduction. Artists from the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative will demonstrate printing techniques and discuss the characteristics of relief, intaglio, and monotype prints. Learn about setting type on a letterpress and watch silkscreen printing in action. Bring a t-shirt and leave with a unique, wearable design from local screen-printing company Four Ambition! Silkscreen and hands-on printing activities for all ages will be available from noon – 3:30 p.m.

How To Go

Dayton Print Day
Date: Saturday, August 8, noon – 4 p.m.
Location: Hale Cloister
Family Pricing: $10/family of four, members; $15/family of four, non-members
Individual Pricing: FREE/single adult member; $8/single adult non-member

Click here to purchase advance tickets

Tickets may also be purchased at the museum’s Guest Services Desk or by calling 937-223-4ART (4278) during regular hours.

permalink: http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/event/learn/adult-programs/dayton-print-day


Intaglio workshop 2015 with Doug Fiely

Participants learning about intaglio printmaking during the Dayton Printmaker Co-operative’s Summer workshop. July 25-26, 2015