Highpoint Center for Printmaking was established in April 2001 and is the only accessible, community-oriented facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Until Highpoint opened its doors, broad public access to the printmaking arts was virtually non-existent in this part of the country. Highpoint is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Its goals are to provide educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the community and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts.
Having reached it’s capacity at its first location, Highpoint raised the funds needed to purchase and renovate a 10,000 sq. ft. building at 912 W. Lake Street, in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. This ensures a stable future secure in a permanent home, allowing HP to continue its significant contribution to the printmaking arts and our community’s cultural life.
Co-founders Executive Director Carla McGrath and Artistic Director & Master Printer Cole Rogers have built Highpoint with established reputations in, and extensive knowledge of the arts, education and printmaking. Prior to starting HP, McGrath was Art Lab Coodinator at the Walker Art Center (1995–2000). Rogers served as Print Shop Director at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1995–2000) and earned his Master Printer’s Certificate from the Tamarind Institute, NM.
Highpoint provides these opportunities through four focus areas:
The Visiting Artists Program at Highpoint Editions
The Visiting Artist Program at Highpoint Editions has been distinguished by those who have come to create and publish new work with the guidance and technical assistance of Master Printer Cole Rogers. Local, national and international artists are invited to create original work at HP Editions. Artists also present demonstrations, lectures and workshops for HP members, students, collectors, and the greater community. HP advances the work of artists by publishing prints through Highpoint Editions; presenting artists’ projects to a broad public through gallery shows, lectures and symposia; promoting the work in national print publications, and selling the work at HP’s gallery and at national and international print fairs.
Educational Programming & Community Programs
Hands-on art making experiences are the primary learning tool of Highpoint’s Education & Community Programs, serving schools, young people, and adult learners throughout the Twin Cities Metro and beyond. Highpoint programs support schools’ curriculum through hands-on printmaking classes at HP’s workshop. In 2014, Highpoint’s School Partnership Programs involved 79 different schools in 18 school districts statewide. Youth in grades three through twelve take part in two-hour, hands-on printmaking classes in HP’s workshop. Annually, 5,500 young people and families are served and 70% of these programs are free, thanks to the support of foundations and individual donors. In addition, HP partners with 35 different organizations around the twin cities to reach broader communities and provide accessible, diverse art opportunities.
The Printshop Cooperative
Highpoint’s Printshop Cooperative has served over 160 artists since 2001. The Cooperative is made up of a diverse group of artists who represent different career stages and artistic interests. As Cooperative members, artists gain access to HP’s fully equipped, state-of-the-art printmaking facility, receive discounts on HP classes, and benefit from mutual feedback and support, encouraging individual artistic growth and a sense of community. HP advances the work of these artists by offering them the opportunity to participate in semi-annual gallery exhibits where work is seen by a broad public and sold.
The expanded HP2 gallery space gives printmaking a prominent street-level profile, gaining visibility for both artists and the community. It showcases projects by HP Editions artists and features exhibitions by national and international artists, co-op artists, emerging printmakers and youth. The gallery attracts artists of all kinds, as well as neighbors, art lovers and collectors. Also, new at HP2, a Print Study Room just off the main gallery offers visitors and researchers a separate space to safely view HP Editions prints housed in the archives.