AUGUST 28, 2018 - from 6 – 8pm; speaking at 6:30pm (approximate)

Asheville Printmakers and Asheville BookWorks will co-host a presentation with Phil Sanders

It Takes a Village

Collaborative Printmaking & The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

Phil Sanders, former Director & Master Printer of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC will give an in depth talk on the history of the Printmaking Workshop, the legacy of Robert Blackburn, and collaborative print projects produced at RBPMW.

The Printmaking Workshop, a cooperative community workspace, grew from Robert Blackburn’s vision to create a place where artists, regardless of race, gender, religion, or socioeconomics, could work and exchange ideas. Founded in 1948 at a time when even New York City was heavily segregated, his work formed the basis of what would become the ideal of an arts non-profit organization living up to the promise of America, and a model for the future NEA. Upon the closing of the Printmaking Workshop in 2001, due to Blackburn’s ailing health and fiscal challenges, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts took up the task of creating a new program with Blackburn as the Artistic Director. Still operating today as a vibrant and open access studio, RBPMW remains as an oasis for artists from across the globe serving more than 8,000 people annually with is programing.

The talk will occur in two parts. The first being an image rich presentation and the second a hands on look at physical prints. Geared towards artists and collectors as well as printmakers, approximately 1 hour.

About Asheville BookWorks

Founded in 2004, Asheville BookWorks is home to a vibrant book arts and printmaking community where learning and discourse are fostered through classes and exhibits, all sharing a common appreciation of print, book arts, and creativity. More information is available at

About Asheville Printmakers

Asheville Printmakers is an energetic group of artists expressing ideas through the medium of the print. AP meets monthly for sharing of work, discussion and planning. The group has held several group shows in the Asheville area. Please visit AP online at for current information.