Printmaking Center of New Jersey

Address

440 River Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
County: Somerset
http://www.printnj.org

Contact

Ms. Linda Helm Krapf

Grant Amount

$35,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To provide unique fine art services; to operate NJ's only fully staffed and fully equipped printmaking studios; to support the use of printmaking to help veterans recover from their combat experiences; to inspire a life-long love for art-making in children; to make our programs and services available to Newark-based artists; and to enable PCNJ to build new collaborations with organizations pioneering the renaissance of Newark.

Organization Background

The Printmaking Center of NJ (PCNJ) is an award-winning gathering place where those enamored with printmaking come to learn, share, create and grow. PCNJ provides unique fine art services and operates NJ's only fully equipped and fully staffed printmaking studios. We are respected leaders in adult and youth education, and collaborate with arts partners on creative place-making initiatives. PCNJ is also a gutsy change agent. In 2010, we developed Combat Paper NJ as a tool to help veterans use art to recover from the trauma of their combat experiences. The program reaches veterans through weekly drop-in sessions and week-long workshops on college campuses, VA Centers and military hospitals and bases.


Begun in 1973, PCNJ has evolved into a strong and relevant organization that offers six core programs to artists and the general public. In the past five years PCNJ has expanded services, broadened membership and improved programs resulting in 480% growth in income. Today, 54% of that growth comes from program revenue. Translation: even in difficult economic times people will spend their hard earned money if they feel they are getting something tangible and excellent in return. PCNJ's achievements in excellence have been acknowledged by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts through the 2013 Citation of Excellence.

Executive Director, Linda Helm Krapf is a creative and strategic integrator of issues, ideas, people, organizations and communities. Whether in the arena of hunger, renewable energy, environmental justice or arts/culture Linda has demonstrated an ability to engage diverse groups of people to work together on common causes. Artistic Director, Sheila Goloborotko has an extraordinary aptitude for turning the studio into a laboratory where the artist's vision is encouraged, and the creation of works that push the boundaries of printmaking is supported. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Sheila is a renowned artist who exhibits internationally. Dave Keefe is the dynamic Director of Combat Paper NJ. Dave served in the Marines in Iraq. A gifted painter, Dave received his MFA from Montclair State University where he currently teaches the nation's first 3 credit Combat Paper course.

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