The Print Studio was conceived in 2003 as an idea to cater to the printmaking
needs of the South Eastern Ontario region. The founding thought was a
desire by Colina Maxwell and Katherine Zarull to provide accessible and
affordable printmaking facilities to all.
In 2004, a Board of Trustees was nominated to support the growth of this
idea and they were selected to directly benefit the professional, cultural
and economic requirements to make this idea a lasting legacy for the growth
of Canadian Printmaking and the communities in this region. A site was
located at 173 James Street North in the historic downtown area of Hamilton
and transformed to the magnificent studio and gallery space you can visit
In November, The Ontario Trillium Foundation granted $75,000 towards an
environmentally responsible exhaust room to facilitate the safe handling
and storage of chemicals by the printmakers.
Following the charitable status designation in December 2004, Dofasco,
Turkstra Lumber, Matcom Industrial Installations and Threshold School
of building also aided the Studio in the major renovations of the first
floor, the acquisition and the installation of the initial printmaking
equipment. Renovations were completed in September 2005.
In 2008, The Print Studio received a $75,000.00
grant from the Trillium Foundation to renovate our 2nd floor and create
a Digital/Computer Lab, a Multi-purpose/Classroom, administrative offices,
and washroom, kitchen, and storage facilities.
In 2010, the main floor was reconfigured to accomodate a sales area in order to support artists in the promotion of their work and foster opportunities for art-based enterprises in the wider Hamilton community.
In 2010 The Print Studio is operating as a not-for-profit charitable arts
organization striving for excellence in the creation, production, preservation
and promotion of Fine Art Prints. It is committed to showcasing local,
national and international artists and equally committed to providing
community access using educational, innovative and out-reach programming
to engage the communities of the Hamilton-Wentworth region.