Navigation Press provides a collaborative space between visiting artists and student printmakers to produce new interdisciplinary prints, books, and multiples.
Navigation Press is a master printmaking residency within the School of Art (SOA) at George Mason University. Each year, a visiting artist of national renown spends a week in the print studio with students and a master printmaker to complete a limited-edition print. During their time on campus, the visiting artist also gives a campus lecture, participates in class workshops, and meets students to give critiques. While many participating artists are master printmakers themselves, Navigation Press invites artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds and media.
The artistic process is often perceived as a solitary act, with an artist independently researching, developing, and executing their ideas. However, the studio or atelier model is a longstanding tradition in the history of printmaking. Students work alongside contemporary artists, gain hands-on experience in the production of editions while and learn about the contemporary art world outside of the University setting. Meanwhile, the master printmaker supports the visiting artists in translating their artwork and ideas into prints, books, or other forms of multiples through a variety of processes including screen printing, lithography, digital printing, and etching.