It became clear early on that artists beyond the local scene were interested in instruction. However, BIG INK had to overcome a hurdle to teach to a broad audience. A specialized press weighing over a ton is normally required. Plus, there are less than half a dozen large-format presses in the United States available for public use.
Up to this point, venues with a large-format press on-site hosted workshops. BIG INK needed portable equipment to visit more places. In 2016, BIG INK raised $13,000 through public support to build a press designed for routine travel called The Big Tuna. It's made a lasting impression when assembled in museums, universities, art centers, galleries, and beyond. Given its modular construction, The Big Tuna is transportable virtually anywhere.
BIG INK now tours the country hosting workshops with their press. What started as a small-town project has grown into a national program. Each year more artists become aware of how satisfying it is to carve and print. Also, the public becomes better informed about the process by viewing the art BIG INK participants create.
Since its founding in 2012, BIG INK has visited dozens of cities across the country and created thousands of prints. To learn more about the program and to apply to participate, please visit our programs page.