Central Print is a non-profit arts organization with a mission to promote the art of letterpress printmaking by providing workshops, classes, and programs focusing on design and production using historic printing equipment.
It is our vision to preserve the craft of letterpress printmaking, expand, and modernize its use while building awareness of St. Louis’ historical role in the development and growth of printing.
Founded in July 2014 and located in the historic neighborhood known as Old North St. Louis, Central Print is a studio and classroom space in a renovated storefront, formerly a Sobel’s department store. We host programs for families including free Saturday printmaking activities during the Old North Farmers Market and on event days throughout the year. Fee based programs for all ages include printmaking classes, workshops, and outreach programs. Take a tour and learn about letterpress history, preservation, and the importance of letterpress in our world today.
Equipment in the print studio includes a Nolan tabletop proof press, Line-o-Scribe sign press, a Blick Sign Press 21 x 27, Kelsey 5 x 8, Chandler and Price 8 x 12, Dickerson combination press, and a Vandercook 215 proof press. We are also excited about a recent addition, a Liberty 7 x 11 press, serial number 1640. These presses, and other equipment, are available for use in our classes, or with a membership in the Open Studio program.
Marie Oberkirsch: Executive Director
Marie is a maker, collector, and teacher holding a BFA from the University of Kansas in Textile Design and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. Her understanding of pattern, printing, and weaving combined with her passion for artifacts led her to the art of letterpress printmaking. With an extensive background in non-profit arts and event management, Marie is committed to preserving and promoting letterpress printmaking through education, public programs, and restoration. Central Print is located in
St. Louis' Old North neighborhood.