Printmaker David DiMarchi is the Arts Council of Princeton's Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence

Announcing Printmaker Dave DiMarchi as Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence

The Arts Council is thrilled to announce that printmaker Dave DiMarchi as their Fall 2022 Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence (AIR). During his residency, he will engage in a deeper exploration of his print works – further pursuing research of the interconnected language of collage, drawing, printmaking, and installation in his work. 

As AIR, Dave’s residency will focus on working across printmaking processes, allowing the process to direct each new step of the prints. This responsive style of printmaking will push his practice out of its comfort zone, hopefully allowing for a deeper connection to process and product, and a deeper appreciation of making. A suite of new printed works – editions, monoprints, dimensional prints – will be available at the conclusion of the residency. 

Dave DiMarchi is a queer, multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in printmaking, papermaking, and sculptural book forms. He has exhibited works on paper, installations, and books in the US and internationally. He maintains a collaborative studio and art-making space in New Hope, Pennsylvania, working deeply with artists to master printmaking techniques and create new portfolio and exhibition-ready prints; his relentless material practice and print research is the basis of his own art-making practice. He teaches printmaking, papermaking, and book forms extensively throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area. He is also the owner of 9INHANDPRESS, a nexus of design, print, and education. 9INHANDPRESS hosts an annual International Print Exchange that engages printmakers worldwide in a collaborative portfolio and exhibitions; some nearly 9,000 prints have passed through the exchange since its inception in 2016. 

In conjunction with his residency, Dave will create a site-specific mural on Spring Street in Downtown Princeton. The 8‘x32’ mural will explore collage-style printmaking, painting and digital techniques on a scale that encompasses the passers-by. 

The mural will provide color to Spring Street in the cold Winter months, as well as embrace the ephemeral nature of artmaking. Allowing nature to impact the printed paper, collage, paint, and digital prints will transform the mural over the course of the Winter. The mural is expected to be completed by early-November and will be on view until early Spring 2023. 

“Being chosen as the Arts Council’s Fall 2022 AIR, I’m humbled and excited to pursue a new vein of print-based work”, DiMarchi shares. “The time, space, and support of the Arts Council will allow me to focus on creating work that builds on the traditions of printmaking while exploring printmaking through a contemporary, process-based lens. The work I make is largely a conversation between artist, process, and product, centered on domesticity — especially that of queer household-building: the schedules, patterns and routines of ungendered work and the ordinariness of place holding, task-doing, and surviving. My work is an ephemeral record of the normalcy of shared life-living: the what’s, how’s, and when’s of making space. It is my goal to expand that conversation to include community — that of artists, makers, and passers-by — in the processes of making and discovering what’s to come off the press next.” 

Dave’s residency coincides with his appointment of Studio Manager of the new Print Studio at the Arts Council.  

As a new hub of printmaking in Central New Jersey, the Print Studio will build a culture of printmaking at the Arts Council. Dave will work to train instructors and artists to utilize the studio to its greatest potential. Centered around a brand-new 16×32” Stark Press Company etching press, the studio will house the space, tools, materials and supplies for relief, intaglio, monoprint, and screen-printing techniques. He, and an acclaimed roster of print artists, will continue to teach a diverse selection of workshops and courses covering all aspects of printmaking for new audiences of children, teens, and emerging and established artists. 

The studio will soon allow for Open Studio rental, an expanded roster of workshops and courses, and residency opportunities. The Print Studio will open in September 2022 with the Glucksberg Printing Project, a curriculum of classes, workshops, and community events.  

“I’m equally thrilled to break in the new Print Studio at the Arts Council”, expresses DiMarchi, “and transform the quiet studio into a new community hub for printmaking here in Princeton.” 

Maria Evans, ACP Artistic Director, knows the Print Studio is in good hands with DiMarchi at the helm. “I am not a printmaker, so I leaned heavily on his expertise to put the studio together and, as a result, have learned so much about the craft. Like Dave, I cannot wait to see this studio become active with classes, workshops, and most of all, gorgeous prints!” 

This project would not be possible without the support of Timothy M. Andrews, longtime supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton, who has generously underwritten the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence program. 

The Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Program, named after ACP Founding Director, was established by the Arts Council in 2009 to offer artists the opportunity to conceptualize and create work while providing the community with creative interaction with working artists in all disciplines. Recent projects include Marlon Davila’s Journey mural on the exterior wall of La Lupita Groceries, Ebony H. Flag’s The Future Me mural, created for ACP’s Communiversity Room, and photographer Robin Resch’s Taking Pause project installed in Dohm Alley.