A shared printmaking workspace that provides access to equipment, classes, and exhibitions for intaglio, relief, lithography, and screenprinting.
Several times a year, we offer group classes in screenprint, woodcut, and intaglio taught by local artists. All classes are kept small, so that we can accommodate all experience levels - even if you've never printed before, or are a seasoned pro. Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the know!
When we met at the University of Iowa in 2009, Rudy and I discussed the many ways a cooperative printmaking studio can expand and enrich the lives of artistic producers and collectors in a community. In 2013, we founded Calliope Arts as a mobile print workshop, and traveled around the Louisville Metro area giving workshops at local organizations. Throughout that time, we collected equipment and renovated our future studio space in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood.
Since the official opening of the studio in 2015, Calliope has created opportunities for professional and emerging artists and community members to learn printmaking processes, access the equipment they need to make their work, and collect prints from national, regional, and local artists.
FACILITIES & STUDIO MEMBERSHIP
Experienced printmakers pay a monthly fee to use our facilities to work independently on projects.
Rembrandt Pelican etching press (24″ x 48″ bed size)
Ettan etching press (24″ x 48″)
Trident etching press (12″ x 36″)
Fuchs & Lang lithography press (24" x 40")
Ferric chloride etching tank
UV exposure unit (up to to 24″ x 36″)
Screen printing vacuum tables (2)
Forced air print dryer
30″ x 40″ print drying rack
36″ Pexto plate shear (for custom sizes of copper and ball-grained litho plates, on sale in the studio)
Inking rollers (up to 10" diameter x 27" face length)
Flat file storage and lockers for studio members.
Cofounder and Associate Director
Susanna Crum was born and raised in Louisville, received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She is President of the Mid America Print Council, the second-largest professional printmaking organization in the US, and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN.
She is the recipient of a Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Travel Grant. She has exhibited her research-based artwork nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and universities.
In 2013, Susanna received the inaugural M.A. Hadley Prize for Visual Art, which supported travel to print shops around the country to develop plans for Calliope's studio program.
Cofounder and Executive Director
Rodolfo (Rudy) Salgado grew up in San Bernardino, California, and has visited almost all 50 states. He received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. Since 2013, Rudy has taught printmaking classes at local universities and art programs, such as Governor's School for the Arts and Louisville Visual Art. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St Francis High School in downtown Louisville.
Rudy is the recipient of two Great Meadows Foundation Artist Professional Travel Grants, and has exhibited artwork nationally and internationally.
Rudy runs River City Tintype, which creates original portraits on glass and metal (like the ones you see here) with an 1850s photographic process.
We live in an era of disposable snapshots, which we take but seldom look at again. River City Tintype makes one-of-a-kind, heirloom photographs with metal and silver, using hand-coated plates and a process developed in the 19th century. Join us at Calliope's studio for a memorable experience and a photograph that will last a lifetime!
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS & PUBLICATIONS
Since our opening in 2015, Calliope has worked with artists in the production of new hand-pulled editions in intaglio, stone lithography, woodcut, and screenprint. We do this on a limited, invitation-only basis, as often as we can!
We're excited to share projects with Caroline Woolard, Micah Bloom, Douglas Degges, and Sophie Radl - please stay tuned!