Mission & History

Manhattan Graphics Center supports the learning and practice of fine art printmaking for artists in the Greater New York City metro area. We provide an affordable, inclusive, professional printmaking studio and exhibition space where artists can develop and present their work. MGC also offers public programs related to the art of printmaking, including classes, artists’ talks, international group exhibitions, and off-site visits. Finally, MGC gives back to the community with outreach and youth educational initiatives that encourage greater appreciation of printmaking as a means of creating original artwork.

HISTORY

Manhattan Graphics Center 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 in SoHo and incorporated under the laws governing not-for-profit public corporations; 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt charitable status followed in 1988. For nearly 20 years, MGC was governed by a operations committee: a volunteer corps of keyholder/monitors who managed the workshop and classes. The facility was relocated to Washington Street in the West Village in the early 1990s. In 2007, MGC established a formal elected board of directors. The studio relocated to its current location in the Garment District three years later, in 2010.  In 2015, MGC added its first full-time staff member, and in 2019, an Executive Director.

GOVERNANCE, STAFF & OPERATIONS

MGC is governed by a Board of Directors, who oversee policies, strategic planning, fiscal health, programs, and services. Reporting directly to the board is the executive director, who provides leadership for the organization and manages the staff: a director of operations; four part-time scholarship work-exchange interns; and two consultants: a grant writer and an accountant.

 

MGC also has volunteer committees that manage the following programs: 

  • Exhibitions: scheduling and managing logistics for exhibitions 

  • Scholarships: interviewing applicants and selecting awardees

  • Social: maintaining MGC's presence on Facebook and Instagram

  • Ad-hoc committees for fundraising events and miscellaneous needs

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube

MANHATTAN GRAPHICS CENTER | 250 WEST 40 STREET, 5TH FLOOR | NEW YORK, NY 10018 | 212-219-8783

THANKS TO FRIENDS OF MGC

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center

 

Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.