Steve McKenzie - Steamroller Printmaking

Join Sawtooth and artist Steve McKenzie for two unique printmaking experiences!

Your first chance to be a part of this experience is by carving a wood block to be printed using Steve’s Rainbow Roller. The class will be held Friday, September 10th, and details for registration will be announced soon!

Next, join us Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Industry Hill Block Party to help create a large community monotype print. Our community will all contribute to a monotype, which Steve will then print using his Rainbow Roller.

Learn more about Steve and see his Rainbow Roller in action here!


About Steve McKenzie –

Originally from the Midwest, McKenzie arrived in the East by way of Rome, where he spent one year as a graduate student at the Temple University, Tyler School of Art Abroad program. Upon returning from Rome he moved to Philadelphia living for one year and earning “life graduate credits” as a cab driver. In 1984 he completed his MFA at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During that time the focus was on drawing and printmaking, taking courses with Judith Brodsky and Leon Golub.

Professionally, McKenzie has been an adjunct instructor at four schools in three states and worked as an assistant master printer at the Center for Innovative Printmaking and Papermaking at Rutgers University under the supervision of Founder, Judith Brodsky. Arts administration experience was gained at the Printmaking Council of New Jersey, serving two years as Administrative Director. Following this he was hired by the Newark Museum in the summer of 1992, spending the next 21 years in the Education Department working as the Supervisor for the Arts Workshop, the department that was something of a small art school within the museum. Responsibilities included the preparation of courses for spring, summer and fall programming and during the winter offered the classrooms as artist studios for 3 residency positions that were juried. In the spring of 2013, the museum terminated the department and the position due to financial problems.

Following this McKenzie became involved with the Newark Print Shop working in conjunction with Lisa Conrad, the Founder, to open a new space for the shop at 304 University Avenue in Newark, this after a fire closed the original space at 585 Broad St. In this capacity he operated as the Master Printer and Shop Manager through spring of 2021.

Traveling experiences, in addition to Europe, include western parts of Canada and the USA such as: The University of Saskatchewan and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and The Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado. Each location was a Residency that included a printmaking studio where time was spent developing new work, perfecting printing skills and meeting artists such as Jim Dine, Terry Allen and Dick Wray.

In 2001, McKenzie was chosen to be a part of a group of printmakers who spent two weeks in a residence in Berlin working with a group of German printmakers.

McKenzie has explored and developed extensive bodies of work in all the major areas of printmaking which include intaglio, lithography, relief and screen-printing. In addition he has extensively explored the monotype process, using both traditional as well as well as non-traditional printmaking equipment. He is also conversant with papermaking. His work has been included in national print shows and has won awards.

At the moment his latest body of work comprises images and text dealing with the issue of gun violence in America. Over the course of the past 5 years he had created a series of works on canvas, fabric and paper. He has used the screen-printing for much of this work along with the use of the Cyanotype process.