The primary mission of the Brodsky Center is to enable groundbreaking artists, both established and emerging, to create new work in paper and print. Artists-in-residence are invited to engage in one-on-one collaborations with the Brodsky Center’s master printers and papermakers. These experts and innovators make it possible for artists to translate their vision into a media that may be new to them. Since the Brodsky Center was conceived, diversity has been central to its mission and has consistently supported women and artists of color. The Brodsky Center is dedicated to the promotion of editions, paper and the printed image as central to contemporary art practice.
The Brodsky Center is housed in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a major research institution. Innovation and education are integral to its mission. High school to post graduate students are exposed to the most current art practice and processes through classes, lectures, internships, school visits and regular exhibitions.
The Brodsky Center was founded as the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (RCIPP) in 1986 by Judith K. Brodsky, an artist, printmaker, arts advocate, and professor of art at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It was established as an international forum for the exchange of new ideas in print and papermaking processes and education. In 2006 it was renamed in honor of Judy in recognition of her leadership and vision.
Since 1986, over 300 artists have collaborated with the Brodsky Center’s master printers and papermakers. Its state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to produce work in virtually all print media including digital, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, relief, papermaking, photo processes, letterpress, and books.
Editions produced by the Brodsky Center are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Cleveland Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Newark Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, Stadtmuseum Berlin, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, and other international institutions as well as many private collections.
The Brodsky Center is also a learning center housed in the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, and The State University of New Jersey. Students in higher education, high school, and post-graduates are welcomed as interns and are exposed to the collaborative processes that result in challenging new work. Artists in Residence give talks that are widely announced, thus affording access by the public to interaction with distinguished visual artists and their ideas. In addition, the Brodsky Center organizes traveling exhibitions that introduce contemporary prints and handmade paper projects to regional, national, and international audiences. The Brodsky Center also introduces students to prints and handmade paper processes by conducting workshops in area schools.