Founding member and intaglio Instructor
Vijay Kumar with visiting artist James Siena
MISSION, ORGANIZATION & HISTORY
MGC's principal purpose is providing a printmaking studio in Manhattan offering professional facilities at a reasonable cost in an environment where artists can work and learn together. Classes in the basic disciplines, along with shorter workshops in adjunct techniques, are part of the mission.
MGC includes a gallery space for member exhibitions (group and solo), for an annual juried show, and for exchange shows with other artists' organizations. Exhibition opportunities from outside galleries and exchanges with other printmaking organizations are also provided. In addition, an online gallery and member highlights also showcases members' work on the website.
A board of directors oversees the organization as a whole: policies, strategic planning, fiscal health, programs, and services. An operations committee (consisting of keyholders and other elected volunteers) handles day-to-day management and maintenance of the workshop. There are also subcommittees:
Exhibitions: scheduling and overseeing periodic exhibitions in the gallery
Scholarships: interviewing applicants and selecting awardees
Studio: addressing physical/mechanical problems in the workshop
Social: getting the word out
Special committees for fundraising events and miscellaneous needs.
Paid staff consist of an executive director, operations director, a part-time program and studio manager, a part-time grant writer, and an accountant.
Manhattan Graphics Center is in its 33rd year of operation. We're proud of our history and committed to our mission. MGC was founded in 1986 by a group of 20 printmakers who needed a place to work when Pratt Graphics Center was forced to close. They rented a loft and began a tradition which continues to this day: a printmaking facility open year-round and operated by volunteer artist-members. The organization was incorporated in November 1986 under the laws governing not-for-profit public corporations. IRS tax-exempt charitable status followed in 1988. By 1989, the goal of adding a scholarship student each term became a reality; recently the number of scholarship students has grown to 10 annually.