Kathleen Caraccio, American

Kathleen Caraccio is a master platemaker & printer and the proprietor of K. Caraccio Etching/Printmaking Studio in New York City since 1977. She has collaborated with and editioned for many reputable artists: Emma Amos, Romare Beardon, Mel Bochner and Louise Nevelson. She has taught printmaking at the National Academy School of Fine Art, NYU, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, FIT, and Women’s Studio Workshop.

Kathy’s work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. She is a member of the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios.

In addition to her upcoming show at the Creative Center, Kathy has had one-person shows at the Manhattan Graphics Center as well as Puerto Rico and Kyoto, Japan. She has shown extensively through the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) and the Printmaking Workshop.

Kathy Caraccio apprenticed for four years as a Master Printer at Bob Blackburn’s The Printmaking Workshop, Inc. She established her studio in 1977 on West 26th St. with one Charles Brand press. In 1993 the studio relocated to Chelsea. In July 2005 the studio moved to its current location on 39th Street. It has since taken on dual roles as both printshop and gallery, which houses her collection of over 2000 prints and handmade books, which she uses as a unique teaching tool and is a source for inspiration and education.

In the last nine years, Caraccio’s studio has shifted from its earlier focus on collaborative platemaking and editioning to non-acid platemaking and monotype projects using non-traditional techniques, including pochior, silk aquatints, and hanga (Japanese waterbased woodblock printing). Among the artists she has editioned for are: Ed Baynard, Romare Bearden, Mel Bochner, Sol Lewitt, and Louise Nevelson. She continues to collaborate with such artists as Emma Amos, Jackie Battenfield, Lamar Briggs, Hugh Kepets, Robert Kipniss, Ricardo Mazal, George Nama and Tanja Softic.

Caraccio specializes in projects with emerging artists and first-time printmakers. As an exhibiting artist herself, Kathy stays excited about making art and meeting aesthetic challenges. Kathy’s studio fosters creative inspiration while utilizing her skills in a broad spectrum of stylistic trends and printmaking techniques. In addition, she cultivates an apprenticeship program for artists interested in printmaking, which has drawn over 100 interns from all walks of life.

She has taught printmaking at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and the Art Students League. Caraccio is currently an instructor at the National Academy of Design, NYU, and Parsons School of Design and teaches an off-site program in New York City for students of Coe College and Lewis & Clark College.

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