Zea Mays Printmaking Residency: (rolling basis)


Traditional Residencies – year round
applications accepted and reviewed on rolling basis

Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the premier green studios in the USA. Housed in a late 19th century brick factory building in a sleepy section of Northampton, Massachusetts, our studio comprises 6000 sq. feet of printmaking bliss. Our Residency Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a cutting-edge studio, research center, educational institution and artist community. We strive to create an environment that is both professional and personal with great respect for the creative process of each artist.  Residencies at Zea Mays Printmaking provide artists an opportunity to learn the latest developments in safer and non-toxic printmaking.

Our Residencies are designed to fit an artist’s unique needs and desires. The core of the Residency is a prolonged time to work in our green printmaking studio. In addition an artist can add workshops, personalized instruction, and individualized critique to their residency experience. It can be a time of learning and experimenting, or editioning or the execution of a pre-conceived project. We hope to establish lasting relationships and invite our residency artists to return to Zea Mays Printmaking throughout their careers.

Residencies are self-funded by the artists and their supporters.  Applications are reviewed by the studio director, Liz Chalfin, residency coordinator, Sheldon Carroll and rotating members of the studio.


Full Residency ~ 2+ weeks in a Private studio (the Annex)

Enjoy the luxury of a fully equipped private print studio within our print shop.  The Annex is equipped with a 42″ x 70″ Takach etching press, large work tables, and inking tables, plenty of wall space for work in progress, sink, ferric etching tank. 24 hour access/ 7 days a week. Spread out and dig in!

Full Residencies are scheduled in 2, 3 and 4 week blocks and can be combined for up to 12 weeks. Full Residencies include on-site accommodations.


Mini Residency ~ 6 days in our Members’ studio

Join Zea Mays Printmaking members in the upstairs studio for a burst of printmaking intensity. The Members’ Studio (2200 sq. ft.) is on the 2nd floor of our building and houses 3 etching presses (max. size 24″ x 48″) and a relief press. There are private work areas for 7 artists, a hotplate, small etching facility, members’ kitchen and library. The Members’ studio is a monitored space with a knowledgeable studio representative always on hand to help set the presses and maintain the space. The Members’ studio is open Tues-Wed 10-8, Thurs-Fri 10-6, 2nd and 4th weekends of the month (Sat & Sun) 10-5. It is closed Mondays and alternate weekends.

Mini-Residencies are 6 days in length and include on-site accommodations.


Jamie Earnest