The Peregrine Press :: A printmaking cooperative in Portland Maine

Peregrine Press Celebrates 25 Years

Peregrine Press, founded in 1991 as a non-profit, fine arts printmaking cooperative in Portland, Maine, is the oldest such cooperative in Maine, and among few of its kind in the nation. Currently there are 30 active members who work in a variety of printmaking techniques such as collograph, woodcut, monotype, etching, photo-etching, lithography, and other mixed media processes.

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Art of the Hand-Pulled Print: Peregrine Press at 25

Featuring fine art prints by current and former members, this exhibition showcases a wide variety of contemporary and historical printmaking techniques and highlights a commitment to non-toxic processes. A full-color exhibition catalogue will be available.

To preview works in the exhibition click here

Where: Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library, May 6 — June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM
First Friday Reception: Friday, June 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Pressing Onward: The Hand-Pulled Print in a Digital World

Panel discussion with:
Karen Adrienne, Circling the Square Fine Art Press
Liz Chalfin, Zea Mays Printmaking
Sid Hurwitz, Boston Printmakers

Where: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Wednesday, May 25, at 6:00 PM

For more information about the exhibition and events please visit the Portland Public Library website:

It is the cooperative nature of artistic collectives like Peregrine that foster and nurture this important ethos of common stewardship and mutual support. These artists and their work have been nourished by a uniformity of purpose; to provide a home for the graphic arts in the heart of Maine's urban center and to develop and expand a sustainable artistic practice.

Aprile Gallant, Curator, Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Smith College Museum of Art

Collaboration is at the heart of Peregrine Press. There is a celebration of printmaking as being innovative, dynamic, and evolving… As a cooperative press in a cooperative state of artists, Peregrine Press stands out, and I congratulate its members as they mark this historic anniversary of "twenty-five years of the hand-pulled print".

Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus, Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Chair, the Maine Print Project


Our Mission

  • To provide a well-equipped studio for a diverse group of artist members;
  • To celebrate the art of printmaking as an innovative, dynamic and evolving art form;
  • To encourage a synergy of ideas, sharing of techniques, and mutual support;
  • To educate ourselves and the general public in the art of printmaking through lectures, workshops, and exhibits;
  • To mentor the next generation of printmakers by offering membership each year to a graduating print major through a scholarship in memory of Kate Mahoney and Marcie Carner.

Peregrine Press is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that is run and maintained by our volunteer member-elected board. Membership dues sustain our printmaking studio facilities while support for our outreach programs is raised by our members through grants and other donations. The 25th anniversary exhibition, video and catalog is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Horizon Foundation, Inc., and The Maine Community Foundation.

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Click here to see work in the 25th exhibition