Our mission

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.

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who we are

GMU students and faculty printing Bill Dunlap's print, "Dog in the Fog," October 2007

GMU students and faculty printing Bill Dunlap's print, "Dog in the Fog," October 2007

GMU students and faculty with 2015 artist Helen Zughaib.

GMU students and faculty with 2015 artist Helen Zughaib.

Navigation Press crew posing with artist Sadie Barnette and Hello Kitty, 2017.

Navigation Press crew posing with artist Sadie Barnette and Hello Kitty, 2017.


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Each of our visiting artists work and learn in conversation with students — the artist demystifies their studio process, while simultaneously learning from the varied student practices and backgrounds.  Visiting also artists work within the academic structure by leading workshops, hosting student critiques, and participating in GMU’s lecture series, Visual Voices.



director | Christopher Kardambikis

Christopher Kardambikis is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University and the Director of Printmaking at the School of Art.  His work explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project, Pioneer Works, The Art Students League, The Millay Colony, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.  He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing.

In 2016, Kardambikis became the director of Navigation Press, working to build upon a formidable legacy.



Founders | helen frederick & harold linton

Navigation Press was founded in 2006 by Helen Frederick and Harold Linton.


HELEN FREDERICK is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards and national peer-review panels. She is founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for artistic collaboration and support of printmakers, papermakers, and book artists. In 2006, she co-founded Navigation Press with Harold Linton, a printmaking residency program within Mason’s School of Art.

Frederick has won numerous awards and accolades, including NEA/Mid-Atlantic Residency grants and a Fulbright scholarship, and her works are held the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum in Stockholm, and the Kyoto Municipal Museum, among others.

Helen Frederick is a Professor, Emeritus of the School of Art at Mason, where she previously served as coordinator of the Printmaking program and director of Navigation Press.

HAROLD LINTON served as Director of the School of Art from 2005 – 2013, College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. Previously, Harold served as Chairman of the Department of Art at Bradley University, 1998 – 2005.  In 2001, he received the highest endowed award for professional excellence at Bradley University, Caterpillar Professor of Art, and simultaneously for the Department of Art, the William Rainey Harper Award for Department Excellence. In 2004, he was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Grant to study cultural life and contemporary social issues in South Africa. He subsequently authored a photo-essay exhibition catalog with introduction by Barack Obama entitled, “The Children of South Africa”, as a fundraising and awareness program that traveled throughout the United States.

Linton is the author of nineteen books and numerous journal articles on design, drawing, architecture, and color. Several published works have become adopted texts throughout the US, Asia, and Europe. Harold has served as visiting lecturer in design at over 100 schools of art and architecture.

He serves NASAD as a visiting accreditation evaluator of higher education programs throughout the United States. His artwork can be found in numerous public, private and museum collections. He is the recipient of the national competition first prize award and commission for an 18’-0” relief construction entitled “Fortunes of Nature” for the Richard M. DeVos Center, GVSU, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting, Yale University, and in Architecture and Planning at Yale; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Syracuse University.




Navigation Press operates as a membership program.  Become a member of Navigation Press today to acquire a print from our new edition and to continue the tradition of bringing nationally and internationally known artists to work with our students at George Mason University.

The members of Navigation Press have generously supported this residency opportunity.  These contributions afford Mason the opportunity to present annual lectures and workshops, so that students and public audiences have the chance to learn from contemporary and emerging artists who are navigating the changing art world.  Become a member to make a difference and support student focused art programs!

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