The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies was founded by a generous endowment from LeRoy and Janet Neiman in 1996 to promote printmaking through education, production and exhibition of prints. The center provides students, as well as established artists, a rich environment to investigate and produce images through a myriad of printmaking techniques which include intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, relief, photography, and digital imaging.
In our academic programming, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to explore the various printmaking media through a wide array of classes, fellowships, and studio work. In addition to strong technical instruction, we also support the students in creating work that challenges the established conventions of printmaking, moving print into new and innovative territory. Through our fellowship program, students have the opportunity to gain experience on the professional level by assisting with the production of artists' editioned work in the professional printshop.
The Neiman Center Gallery hosts a wide array of exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing the work of invited artists, Visual Arts faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and work produced in the professional printshop. The exhibits give student work public exposure in a professional setting and bring outside voices to the Neiman Center, creating a rich environment of display and dialogue.
As part of its goal to bring a professional element to Columbia's printmaking community, the Neiman Center invites artists to produce editioned print work in the professional printshop. We assist artists such as students, who are at an early stage of their career and have not yet had a chance to investigate the print medium. We also work with mid-career artists who have specific projects that fit our capabilities and are invited to make prints which they would otherwise not be able to produce in a commercial shop. Finally, we invite established artists who are interested in exploring new and exciting directions for their work in a less commercial environment. The projects produced by artists in collaboration with the Neiman Center provide a means of finance for supporting the Center's mission. These funds specifically sustain future artist and student collaborations, exhibitions, equipment upgrades, and fellowships.