The story of the Newark Print Shop begins in August 2012 in the former artist studio of founder, Lisa Conrad, located at 585 Broad Street, Newark, NJ. After setting up her studio, she wrote a grant to support a printmaking workshop series for a group of Newark high school students. With the support of the Newark Arts Council, students learned about papermaking, printmaking, and book arts. Local artists in the community began asking her about the opportunity to use the space to explore printmaking as well, and the idea for an open studio night was born. A small flier exhibited at the Newark Public Library revealing a former Newark Print Club confirmed this vision, and every Wednesday night became coined Print Club as artists gathered around the studio to make prints.
Just as Print Club began gaining serious momentum in the art community, there was a fire in the building on Broad Street, consequently displacing the Newark Print Shop overnight. Determined to keep the spirit of Print Club alive, Lisa Conrad partnered with local artists Jacqueline Cruz, Stephen McKenzie, and Samer Fouad to found the new Newark Print Shop. With the help of Emily Manz, Brick City Development Corporation and RBH Group, NPS secured a new space at 304 University Avenue to continue Print Club, as well as expand programming to include a residency program, workshops, studio membership, and exhibitions focusing on the fine art of prints. NPS is now located in its third space at 54 Halsey Street FL 2, in partnership with Express Newark inside the renovated Hahnes Building. We are a fully equipped community print shop and still home to the weekly open studio PRINT CLUB every Wednesday night from 6-10pm.