Holter Open Print Studio (HOPS)
Located in the Holter Art Museum, Holters Open Print Studio has production facilities and equipment for relief, intaglio, coming soon: letterpress and screen printing.
The Printmaking Studio is a fully equipped and ventilated studio suited for traditional print and letterpress techniques. A Conrad etching presses including a Chandler & Price Platen letterpress is the primary outfit of our print studio. In addition to our adjacent acid room, the studio allows for various print techniques and processes such as intaglio, relief, collograph, monoprint, traditional letterpress and more. For individuals unfamiliar with letterpress and/or printmaking who are interested in working in the Open Studio environment they can register for any of our classes offered. All other individuals interested in utilizing our open studio for long periods of time must make a reservation with our Technical Director and demonstrate previous printmaking experience in either a classroom or equivalent studio environment. Participants in the studio must wear closed-toed shoes and follow all established safety guidelines at all times.
The Holter Printmaking Open Studio is accessible during the weekdays with some morning, afternoon and evening availability. Open Studio is by walk in only due to space limitations. Hours are subject to change. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Access the Printmaking Open Studio (as a renter):
The Holter Open Studio offers three distinct production areas: intaglio, relief, and letterpress. In the near future screen printing and photo processes will be added.
Not Needing Assistance:
To access the printmaking studio facilities, without needing assistance and supervision, an artist must have sufficient technical knowledge to work in the studio independently and safely. This is assessed in a portfolio evaluation meeting with the Technical Director, who will review your education/experience in printmaking and look at your work and discuss your technical capabilities in print. Our studio functions on an open access principle and although the staff is here during regular office hours they do not work one-on-one with artists in the studio and are not available outside of office hours, and therefore we must be assured that renters are capable of working safely and independently in our space. We suggest if you have not taken any printmaking before please see our calendar and classes offered. Our renters generally have the equivalent of a BFA in printmaking, or have taken at minimum 3 our classes to learn the fundamentals of the print media in which they wish to work to qualify as a renter.
During your portfolio review, the Technical Director will look at your work, to get a sense of your technical abilities (this is not an aesthetic judgement), so please try to bring work that demonstrates your abilities in the area(s) of the studio you wish to access. Your portfolio should consist of 6 to 10 pieces of original print work only (no slides/digital images please).
Should you be accepted as a new renter you will be asked to work as often as possible during the Technical Director’s hours (Tues-Fri, 12 to 5 pm) until you are fully initiated into our procedures at Open Studio. New renters are not given keys or an alarm code and therefore have a bit of a limitation placed on the hours they can access the space. If more time is needed it can be arranged with the director on a need to need basis. Weekends or any other special time request need to be made with the Technical Director and approved by the Museum Director.
Please contact the Technical Director by email or by phone at: for more information or to set up a portfolio review.
Any Individual is welcome to buy a pass and use the printing facility. If the do not meet the requirements stated above to be working without the need of help or supervision we will schedule someone to be with them to assist during the regular Open Studio hours (12-5 Tuesday through Friday). Please feel free to call ahead and plan your visit. Passes can be purchased at the front desk for daily, or weekly use.
Studio Rental Rates
Our Studio Rental Rates
$90 – non-members (book of 10)
$75 – members (book of 10)
$40 – week
$10 – single day
All rates include appropriate supply fees which cover all in-house materials such as black ink, some colors ink, acids, solvents, cleaning solutions, rags, and any other chemicals required. Example of materials not covered by the fee would be paper, plates, and special colors of ink.
Please note that all facility rental purchases and art materials sales are final sale. Open Studio does not provide refunds, credits or substitutions for any unused portions of pre-paid rental purchases or for art materials. We regret that we cannot provide replacements for unused lost/stolen day passes; please treat day passes as you would cash. Prices are subject to change.
The Holter will have some paper, tools and supplies available for purchase. Please Ask ahead of time if you need anything specific before working in the studio.
Open Lab Hours:
Saturday- by appointment only
Sunday- by appointment
We at The Holter hold safety as our number one concern, and retain the rights to ask anyone not using the studio properly and or following the Open Studio rules shall be asked to leave forfeiting their day pass and money spent. No refunds will be given to those asked to leave from improper behavior or treatment of the material and equipment in the studio. The rules are as follows:
Rules and Safety
- Protect yourself from toxic substances and dangerous procedures – wear PPE(gloves, masks) when needed and turn on ventilation hoods
- Do not Smoke or Eat in the print shop
- Wear proper clothing, no open toed shoes(sandals)
- Use chemicals only near proper ventilation and in small amounts. Most cleaning can be done with a rag and vegetable oil.
- Know your physical limitations, ask for help when needed.
- Do not use any tools or equipment without receiving proper instruction first.
- Know where first aid kits, eye wash station, and fire extinguishers are.
- Use all workstations in the shop properly.
- If you have questions please ask.
- Avoid working alone if possible.
- Only appropriate and approved materials can be used in the printing press.