History + Mission


Located in the Crane Arts Building, Second State Press is a nonprofit 501(c)3 communal printmaking workshop whose mission is to foster the development of ideas and innovation in printmaking by providing artists with a professional, affordable, and supportive workspace. SSP advances the growth of a sustainable printmaking community by offering professional facilities through membership, affordable communal workspace for emerging and mid-career artists, educational print programming and professional development opportunities.

Second State Press provides artists with a professional studio with presses, basic tools and inks, workspace for designing and executing prints, and flat files to store work and materials. By providing artists with the appropriate space and facilities, we are encouraging printmakers to explore and cultivate new work and engage in artistic dialogue with fellow peers in the Philadelphia arts community.

Facilities support the following printmaking mediums:

  • Intaglio

  • Relief

  • Screen printing

  • Fabric Printing

  • Lithography