Supergraphic brings new studios, printing workspace and exhibit space to Durham.

Supergraphic's print workshop, with private studios.

Supergraphic’s print workshop, with private studios.

by Brandon Cordrey

Most artists can attest to feeling a sense of isolation at some point while working in their studio. It is becoming more and more common to see artists using working spaces that provide a sense of community. That is precisely what Bill Fick has done in Durham by opening Supergraphic, a combination of studios and community print workspace.

Artist Bill Fick, who worked in a private studio just around the corner from Supergraphic’s current location at 601 Ramseur Street in Durham, decided to open a more community-based work environment.  Fick explained, “There wasn’t a print space like this in the area and people were hungry to have a place to print and learn about printing. I was also impressed with similar spaces in other cities and really liked the way they energized their local art scenes.”  The closest print studios offering as comprehensive a range of printmaking opportunities are located in Richmond or Atlanta.

For Durham’s monthly Third Friday event the studio is open to anyone wishing to view how printers work. “Whereas some other venues have bands for entertainment, I wanted to fill this space with printmakers to create a more educational environment” says Fick.

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More print workshop space.

The 6,000 square foot facility has a constant buzz because several working artists sublease individual spaces, creating a family of artists interested in printmaking. There is an expansive print studio that is open to everyone in the building. Print artists who need screens, facilities or printing presses can also rent time in the work space. Additionally, Supergraphics offers workshops on the weekends to people wishing to explore lino-cut, monotype, etching, relief or other screenprinting techniques. The front of the building is set up as a gallery space.

To find out more about Supergraphic, check out their website, where they also list upcoming workshops and shows.

A new show being installed in the front gallery space.

A new show being installed in the front gallery space.

Brandon Cordrey is a studio artist working mainly in mixed media collage. He also works at CAM Raleigh, Flanders Gallery, Visual Art Exchange and Arts Access. Follow him on Twitter @BMCordrey or email.

 

 

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