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Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Highpoint Center for Printmaking is the only accessible, community-oriented facility of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Until Highpoint opened its doors in 2001, broad public access to the printmaking arts was virtually non-existent in this part of the country. Highpoint is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Its goals are to engage the community and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts by providing educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities with professional artists.
This project involved the complete renovation of an existing 10,000 square foot building in the LynLake neighborhood of Minneapolis. The new building nearly doubles the size of Highpoint’s previous location and includes museum-quality galleries, a large dedicated classroom, co-op studio, professional studio, dark room, office, and art storage spaces.
Located a half-block from the Midtown Greenway, the new Highpoint building creates an environment as dynamic and diverse as the urban neighborhood in which it resides. The interior is designed as a series of visually interconnected yet distinctly separate spaces, encouraging collaboration and exposing the activities of each area of the building. As the building has windows only at each end, two large skylights were added and a continuous translucent wall designed to stitch the spaces together, ensuring that all of the spaces in the building receive natural lighting. The public facade, located on Lake Street, presents an artfully serene exterior, while large windows animate the creative activity inside. The rear of the building provides a landscaped parking area with private building access for Co-op members and students. Adjacent to the rear entrance, a private rain garden, designed in collaboration with the 2007 McKnight Distinguished Artist Kinji Akagawa, recycles roof and site water runoff while providing a tranquil environment for students, artists, and visitors.