Craig Mains
Exhibit and Publications Designer, Director
Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Ithaca, New York

I received my bachelors's degree in photography and studied drawing and video at Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987. I worked as the assistant to the gallery designer at CIA and shared a photo studio in Cleveland's Little Italy. A good friend enticed me to move to Ithaca where the public TV studio had been upgraded and I could easily work on video editing. This is before the days of computer editing. I supported myself working for the main research library at Cornell and through the university continued studying photograpy and pursued a new medium, printmaking.

I joined the Ink Shop Printmaking Center, one of the only member based print studios in Upstate New York. For the past 15 years I have immersed myself at The Ink Shop as the exhibit and publications designer. I continue to work at the library and am currently Director of the Ink Shop.

I have mainly exhibited prints in Ithaca, but I have consistantly been shooting and editing my photos, and have recently returned to exhibiting them as well.

Selected Solo and 2 Person Exhibits
2005 Calamity Ink Shop Printmaking Center | interview
2009 Animals and Objects Awry | 2-person exhibit 
2009 Mishaps: Monotypes and U-Assemble Disasters Corners Gallery, Ithaca NY| review
2014 Out of the Wreckage Bandwagon | review
2014 For Everything a Place BAYarts Cleveland 

Selected Group Exhibits
2006 Print Matters (Herbert F. Johnson Museum)
2008 Revisions: Art from Recycled Materials | invitational
2008 Artist/Instructor TIS/CSMA | review
2012 Bomb (Bay Arts) | invitational
2012 North by Northeast: Nova Scotia: Exchange Show, Nova Scotia, Canada.
2012 Ink Shop Prints at Corning, Atrium Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, NY.
2012 Upstate/Downstate Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop NYC
2012 Ink Shop Artists, Lamoreaux Landing Winecellars, Lodi, NY.
2013 Druckwerkstatt Exchange Show Berlin, Germany
2013 Animalia and Art Tompkings County Public LIbrary | invitational
2013 No Land Escapes Ink Shop Printmaking Center | invitational
2014 Ink Shop Member Show | review
2014 18th Mini Print International | 2nd Place Award

Publications and Talks

2003 Hysteria, a limited edition, hand-bound book containing a collection of original images and poetry. Published by LunaSea Bindery and Press, Ithaca, NY. Includes original print entitled “Prescribed”, cover photo and additional photo.
2006 Museum of the Earth Art Solon Saltonstall