Lower East Side Printshop

Lower East Side Printshop, also known as L.E.S. Printshop (founded in 1968) is a nonprofit arts organization and printmaking studio located in New York City.[1] They offer studio space, artist residencies, classes, artwork for sale and printing editions services.[2] They work with approximately 160 artists per year, which makes this one of the largest printmaking shops in the country.[3]

Lower East Side Printshop
Lower East Side Printshop
Formation1968; 54 years ago (1968)
FounderEleanor Magid
TypeNon-profit arts organization
Coordinates40°45′19″N 73°59′34″W / 40.755285°N 73.992739°W / 40.755285; -73.992739Coordinates: 40°45′19″N 73°59′34″W / 40.755285°N 73.992739°W / 40.755285; -73.992739
Servicesprint editions service, classes, artist residencies, art studio space


It was founded in 1968, by Eleanor Magid during a New York City school strike.[4] Eleanor Magid was a printmaker, studying under Robert Blackburn.[5] Magid brought her young daughter's classmates and neighbors to the print studio during the strike and she taught them classes on printmaking.[4] The studio was originally based in the East Village, and in 2005 the facility moved to a larger site in Midtown Manhattan.[6]


  1. ^ "Lower East Side Printshop". NYC-ARTS. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  2. ^ Art on Paper. Fanning Publishing Company. 2005. p. 81.
  3. ^ Abrams, Loney (2016-11-02). "How Do Today's Art Stars Make Prints? Master Printer Erik Hougen Explains an Intimate Form of Collaboration". Artspace. Retrieved 2021-04-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b Newsom, Barbara Y.; Silver, Adele Z. (1978). The Art Museum as Educator: A Collection of Studies as Guides to Practice and Policy. Council on Museums and Education in the Visual Arts. University of California Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-520-03248-4.
  5. ^ Jemisin, Noah (1991). Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop: The Artists of Color. Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-933699-24-3.
  6. ^ Morris, Ashley (January 2012). "Lower East Side Printshop". Copper in the Arts Magazine. Retrieved 2021-04-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

  • Video: Screen Printing (2014), with the Lower East Side Printshop and Erik Hougen, Design Dictionary video series, Cooper Hewitt