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About

Rubber City Prints is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support the local artists of Akron, Ohio through professional facilities, education, and opportunities.

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History & Mission

Rubber City Prints (RCP) was conceived of by Pamela Testa as

a way to keep local printmakers and artist in the area after graduating from art school.  While attending Kent State University, Pam involved fellow colleagues, printmakers and friends to help. Knowing they would not have access to the college's printmaking studio after they finished the program,  they helped her to enter a small business contest offered by the University Park Alliance and Charter One in 2012. The proposal for RCP won the funds to make the print shop a reality.

 

With the help of fellow printmakers, Krista Rickert, Franscica Ugalde, Bridget O'Donnell, and Erica Criss, Rubber City Prints opened to the public on November 1, 2014 and gained their non-profit (501)(c)(3) status in January of 2016.

 

RCP's mission is to offer local artists the facilities and opportunities needed for the art community to thrive in downtown Akron, Ohio. 

Facilities

  • 2 Etching Presses

  • Flat File Storage

  • 4 Inking Stations

  • Cubby Storage

  • Large table areas for clean work

  • Green/Toxic-Free facility

  • Paper soaking area

  • 2 Drying boards

  • 2 Letterpresses

  • Screenprinting

  • Artist housing

Goals

The goal of Rubber City Prints is to expand its facilities to offer space and opportunities for all types of artists.  RCP seeks to include studio space for painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and more. This goal expands on RCP's mission to offer keep local artists local by supporting them with the facilities and opportunities necessary for the arts to thrive.  

Thank you to our Supporters

University Park Alliance, Charter One Bank, Akron Area Art Alliance, Summit Art Space, Akron Beacon Journal, 22 High Street Gallery, Ro3 Gallery, and Family & Friends.