Since Full Tilt Print Studio’s beginning, it has attracted strong, innovative printmakers. It began in 1970 as Experimental Etching Studio (EES), founded by Deborah Cornell, Jeannette Silverio, and Gretchen Ewert. By 1983, it had evolved into a cooperative, operating under the name EES Arts, which two decades later became a not-for-profit corporation. As members began exploring printmaking techniques beyond etching, the organization sought a name change. Thus, in 2013, Full Tilt Print Studio was born—a name that reflects not only the group’s creativity, but its drive and energy.
Full Tilt Print Studio has 26 members who benefit by being part of a community of experienced printmakers. Members share technical expertise in a quiet, collegial workplace. As the Boston area’s only not-for-profit cooperative printmaking studio, Full Tilt offers an open space that encourages free, innovative thinking. Artists enjoy the convenience of being able to work whenever they choose in an environment that’s ideal for open-ended projects. The studio is accessible 24-hours a day and includes a well-lit, spacious workshop, free parking, and facilities for creating etchings, monotypes, lithographs, and relief prints. For more detailed information, go to Becoming a Member
Throughout the years, the studio’s printmakers have sought opportunities to collectively show their work. In 1992, David Acton, curator of prints at the Worcester Art Museum, juried a retrospective of members’ work, which was exhibited at the Boston Public Library. That exhibit resulted in a catalog, Working Proof: Experimental Etching Studio.
Studio members have exhibited together at the following institutions, among others:
- Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
- Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
- Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
- Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
- Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
- Strasbourg Centre de Administrif Hall d’Accueil, France
To date, the studio has published eight different portfolios. Each box contains a curated collection of prints by many artists, demonstrating various techniques and interpretations of the theme. These special works are in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Wheaton College, The Worcester Art Museum, and Universidade Feevale in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Two of the studio’s collaborative portfolios, Lighten Up and Sub Rosa, were exhibited at The Art Complex Museum during the winter of 2016-17. The inaugural presentation of the studio’s most recent portfolio, Back and Forth, will be during the studio’s open house and exhibition in the fall of 2023.