Printmaking Council of New JerseyPrintmaking Council of New Jersey
The mission of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey is to encourage, support and promote the fine art of printmaking in all its varied forms; to promote interaction among and between artists and the general public; and to advance the artistic and pr... Read more
The mission of the Printmaking Council of New Jersey is to encourage, support and promote the fine art of printmaking in all its varied forms; to promote interaction among and between artists and the general public; and to advance the artistic and professional growth of artists at varying levels of experience.
The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (PCNJ) is a non-profit fine arts center specializing in print and paper media. For the past 35 years, we have provided activities, events and classes that nurture an appreciation for the fine art of printmaking. The Branchburg facility houses studios for photography, printmaking, papermaking and book arts; two gallery spaces; and administrative offices. More than 6,000 youth and adults participate in a variety of educational experiences each year. Membership fees; individual and corporate donations; foundation and government grants; and earned income from programs support the organization. PCNJ is the only open printmaking studio in the state, making it a precious and sought-after resource for artists and the public.
After moving to NJ (unemployed), I was looking for an opportunity to continue working on my art as well as learn more about printmaking, nonprofit business and marketing. After finding out about PCNJ online, I spoke with Linda (Director) at PCNJ and together we created a mutually beneficial agreement - I bartered my time in the office helping with mailings, logging entries for upcoming shows, social networking, and finding ways to spread the word about PCNJ in exchange for working in the studio. I really enjoyed the experience and I would recommend visiting the center for the gallery, studio or classes or volunteering just for the fun of it!
Working with the Printmaking Council is a great experience. I started volunteering with them out of school. It was able to see how a community gallery and studio runs, and to be a part of it.
For myself, I enjoyed assisting in classes and events when they needed an extra hand. It's great to meet other people in the community of all ages that share the same interests.
Volunteering at the Printmaking Council of New Jersey has been a rewarding experience for me. Working on behalf of a non-profit arts organization as a volunteer, I have found it not only beneficial to the organization, but it has allowed my personal work to grow in leaps and bounds. Volunteering on a weekly basis on a barter system (work, in exchange for studio time) has been, and will likely continue to be a valuable draw for volunteers. Offering a multitude of volunteer opportunities, even the least artistic (or so you thought!) person can offer their hands and minds the The Printmaking Council of New Jersey.
Yes, the organization is highly specialized as a printmaking hub, but I would recommend to anyone a volunteer opportunity at PCNJ--artist or not.