BGSU Print Club Visits Studio

BGSU PhoenixProfessor Janet Ballweg, Head of Printmaking studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio led the BGSU Print Club on an outing to Columbus in April.  They visited our studio to expand their knowledge about creative cooperatives.  We welcomed them to participate in the cooperative should they reside in Columbus following graduation.

"Thank you Anne, Eliana, and Jennifer for a wonderful visit. You were very generous with their time and information. My students, colleague, and I really enjoyed the experience!"

Cheers,  Janet

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Elizabeth Swartz Exhibition

Congratulations to Associate Member, Elizabeth Swartz, for her solo retrospective exhibition at the Patricia Scott Memorial Art Gallery on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University that was on display through March 2016. "Permanent Impressions" presented prints created from 1970 through 2015.  We admire Elizabeth for her bold color sense and her enthusiasm for experimention with techniques and style. She enjoys exploring the three color monoprint technique & several of her "feather" series monoprints were on display. 

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Family Fun Day

"What a great time we had! It was absolutely the highlight of the weekend."

A local family recently held an extended family gathering in Columbus Ohio. As part of their festivities, they came to our studio to create accordion books together.  Marilyn McPheron and Anne Cushman led the private event.




Three Color Monoprint Workshop

Stellar results were achieved at our Three Color Monoprint Workshop on March 5, 2016.  Instructors Joan Tallan and Judith Steele led this class that yields dymanic prints. Attendees printed using transparent inks of only the three primary colors to obtain a diverse color palette. The thin acrylic plate passed through our press three times to achieve the final print.

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Edie Dean Artist Talk

Thank you to Columbus artist Edie Dean for presenting an artist talk about her art work entitled "Edie Dean, Old and New, An Evolution" at the Phoenix Rising Cooperative on February 21, 2016. Ms. Dean spoke about work from her days in graduate school through the latest monotypes created "just last week".

"I want to convey what I get when looking at a landscape or a figure – its atmosphere, the mood, the color, the essence. Exact truth isn't so important, but the truth of expression, what I perceived, that is very important. What were the colors, was it hot, was it exciting and energetic, was it damp, was it . . . to me it is all about the communication with the viewer along with the side game of entertaining myself with new challenges."

Learn more about Edie Dean by visiting her blog:
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The founders of (with poetry), Steve, Ryan & Mike printed the booklet cover for their most recent Columbus poetry reading event using a polymer relief plate on our Vandercook letterpress. Steve and Mike positioned the polymer plates on a ruled metal press bed insert. The backside of the plate is coated in repositional adhesive. Mike and Ryan inspected the final printed piece carefully. They had great results. Visit for more information about (with poetry).

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Graphic Novelist Eleanor Davis at our studio

Eleanor DavisGraphic Novelist Eleanor Davis learns about solar plate etching during her recent residency in Columbus. Cooperative co-founder Anne Cushman instructed Eleanor on how to create etching plates from her line drawings. You can view Davis' artwork on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through February 14, 2016.

For the past four years, CMA and Thurber House have awarded the Graphic Novelist Residency to an artist who demonstrates an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. Eleanor Davis was selected as the recipient of the 2015 award which included an exhibition at CMA and a three-week residency at Thurber House.

Read her interview in Columbus Alive and view her images.

Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. A collection of her short comics for adults, How To Be Happy, is available from Fantagraphics Books. She has produced two graphic novels for kids: The Secret Science Alliance and The Copycat Crook which she created with her husband Drew Weing.

Now Available for Purchase: Our 2015 Card Collection

2015 Card Collection:

The 2015 limited edition Phoenix Rising Card Collection is now available for purchase online or by email request via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The collection includes 10 cards and costs $25. plus $3. shipping & handling.

The artists who contributed to this limited edition are:Anne Cushman, Barbara Jurjans, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg, Michelle Walker, Mary Batstone Woodworth.

All cards are hand-printed and signed by the artists.

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All proceeds from the sale of this collection benefit the cooperative.

Thank you for your purchase!

Pressing Forward: Contemporary Prints by Phoenix Rising

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus has invited our members to exhibit at their Goldberg Gallery.

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 18 at 1:00 pm.
This is a Free Event and open to the public.

Pressing Forward: Contemporary Prints by members of Phoenix Rising
October 14 through December 31, 2015
Goldberg Gallery at the
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Avenue, Columbus 43209

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From left, Prints by Amanda VanDenberg, Jen Weston and Jennifer Slezak.

Join our members for Coffee & Conversation on Friday, November 6 at 1:00 pm. We will talk about what inspires our work and answer your questions about printmaking and the exhibition, Pressing Forward.
This is a Free Event and open to the public.

Artist Roster:
Anne Cushman (co-founder of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative), Jennifer Cross, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Calle-Saari, Jennifer Slezak, Judith Steele, Joan Judy Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg, Michelle Walker, Jen Weston and Mary Batstone Woodworth.

October 4: Artist Talk by Marilyn McPheron

Core Member Marilyn McPheron will present an Artist Talk on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

"I capture details of day-to-day life missed by others as they hurry about. Using an artist's eye to see beauty in a nuance that others sweep right by enables me to present surroundings with a fresh view thus encouraging others to gain a new appreciation of their world."

Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Rising Studio

This is a Free Event and open to the public. Join us for conversation and light refreshments.

Reservations are not required, but are helpfu. If you know you will be attending, just let us know via e-mail. Thank you.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Street Address:

243 N. Fifth St.
Suite 140
Columbus, Ohio 43215


(614) 444-2473

Hours of operation:

Effective March 15, 2013, Open Studio hours are:

  • First Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Third Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM OR
  • By Appointment

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614-444-2473 to coordinate studio time.

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2017 Card Collection:

Our 2017 limited edition Phoenix Rising Card Collection is now available for purchase online. The collection includes 10 cards and costs $25. plus $3. shipping & handling.

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Thank you for your purchase!


Mission Statement

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to promoting the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support, camaraderie and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative was formed in 1996, and began renovating a 1904 building into a studio facility that opened its doors in September 1998. From its beginning the studio was equipped with a Takach etching press, a Vandercook relief press and materials to accommodate a variety of printmaking techniques. Later, Phoenix Rising acquired a second etching press and added additional mobile work tables so that more printmakers could work at the same time.

Phoenix Rising had always operated as a nonprofit organization, and in June of 2010 was officially granted 501(c)(3)status. The cooperative moved to its present larger venue in December 2011. The current facility is on the ground floor of a vintage factory with a full wall of north facing windows and is ADA compliant.

Phoenix Rising's artist members offer a variety of workshops and classes that highlight their particular skills and guest artists are invited to give special presentations. The artists of Phoenix Rising provide outreach programs demonstrating and teaching printmaking techniques in a variety of venues - public and private schools, art groups, colleges, artist's residencies, in-service workshops, etc.