The Print Center

About the Exhibition

Founded in 1915 and based in a storefront location in Center City Philadelphia, The Print Center has a long history as a grassroots supporter of the printed image. For The Graphic Unconscious, The Print Center will be transformed from its current function as a gallery for exhibitions into a more freewheeling and interactive space, combining elements of a number of places where prints are viewed, produced, and disseminated. The works and projects presented will examine artists and collective who are using innovative methods to disseminate prints, books, newspaper, zines and posters into the world.

The exhibition will include three major newly commissioned works. One is a dramatic reorganization of The Print Center’s three gallery spaces by the Philadelphia-based collective Space 1026. Their installation will create modular systems for viewing and reading printed works, as well as places to meet and hold programs. There will also be an onsite printing project incorporating images chosen by the public by Mexican artist Erick Beltrán. Texas-based artist Eric Avery will be creating a printed installation in The Print Center’s restroom, which will offer information on emerging infectious diseases. The exhibition will also include new works and programs by Bitterkomix, Sue Coe, Julius Deutschbauer, Dexter Sinister, Dispatch, Drive By Press, Eloísa Cartonera, Art Hazelwood, Jenny Schmid, Self Help Graphics & Art, Temporary Services, and others.

"Medicine as Art, Art as Medicine":
Saturday, February 27th at 2pm

Eric Avery, a celebrated printmaker and also a full-time practicing physician, will discuss his art/medicine projects. These include the newly commissioned installation currently on view at The Print Center as part of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious as well as other projects he has installed at Mary Ryan Gallery (New York, NY), the Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX), Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA) and Corcoran Art Gallery (Washington D.C.).
FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. Advance registration encouraged. RSVP to Eli VandenBerg at or 215.735.6090 x1.

Drive by Press Tower of Babble Printing Event:
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Drive-By Crew will present The Tower of Babble, a performance-based construction
demonstrating the power of the printed image and showcasing the visual language that
has inspired artists and students across the country.


About The Print Center

Founded in 1915 as one of the first venues in the U.S. dedicated to the appreciation of prints, The Print Club supported the "dissemination, study, production, and collection of works by printmakers, American and foreign." In 1942, The Print Club donated its collection of prints to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, forming the core of its fledgling print department. In 1996, The Print Club changed its name to The Print Center to mark its commitment to serve both its members and the community. The Print Center's mission is to support printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourage the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms.



Eric Avery
Erick Beltrán
Eloísa Cartonera 
Sue Coe
Julius Deutschbauer
Dexter Sinister
Drive By Press
Art Hazelwood
Jenny Schmid
Self-Help Graphics & Art 
Space 1026
Temporary Services


Venue Information

The Print Center
1614 Latimer St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone:(215) 735-6090



Tues-Sat 11-5:30 pm

Free and open to the public