Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2017

Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2017

Event :: Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival

Date :: Sundday, September 17, 2017

Time :: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location :: Rhode Island Street, between 16th and 17th St., San Francisco

Tickets :: Admission is FREE. R.S.V.P. here...

About the Festival

The San Francisco Center for the Book’s 14th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, 50 arts and crafts vendors, art gallery and studio tours, and more.

About Steamroller Printing

With roots going back hundreds of years, relief printing -- a process where a protruding surface is inked and brought into contact with paper - is one of the oldest methods of printing illustrations in books.

During the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival we celebrate this interesting fact of book arts history in the biggest, over-the-top, spectacular way we can think of, by printing linocuts using a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller and linocuts using a 12-ton 1916 Kelly Springfield steamroller -- both provided by Roots of Motive Power - combined with the road surface of Rhode Island Street as a humongous makeshift printing press. In this way a team of featured artists, printers and steamroller operators create large-scale Featured Artist prints and smaller Personal Prints Artists prints, during the Festival.

See for yourself! Come to the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Admission is free. 

The resulting "Featured Artists Roadworks" prints are then sold for $500 (3'x3') and $250 (18"x18") and Roadworks "Roadworks 'Personal Prints' Artists'" prints are sold for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you in advance for your support!

The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival has become a popular tradition in the Do.Re.Mi (Dogpatch-Potrero-Hill-Mission) Arts District of San Francisco, that attracts art, printmaking and book art enthusiasts of all ages, including adults and kids, from far and wide.

Roadworks Featured Artists

Each year San Francisco Center for the Book selects artists and invites them to be Featured Artists at Roadworks. These artists are provided with a 3' x 3' piece of "Battleship Linoleum" and are asked to create a linocut from it to be printed at the Festival. This year the steamroller printing of linocuts by six artists are the central attraction of the event: Josh Korwin & Alyssa Zukas :: Kristina Micotti :: Rik Olson :: Ryan Putnam :: Eric Rewitzer :: David Tim

Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artists

Click here to become a Roadworks "Personal Prints" Artist! This exciting program allows the first 40 people to sign-up with the opportunity to design and carve an Official Roadworks Personal Prints 9" x 12" piece of linoleum and have it printed by a real steam-powered steamroller at San Francisco Center for the Book's Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Roadworks "Personal Prints" by these artists will be available for sale at the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival for $40 each as a fundraising activity to benefit San Francisco Center for the Book. Thank you in advance for your support! 

This year's Personal Prints Artists include: Jody Arthur, Trudy Barnes, Mary Beaton, Lisa Bigeleisen, Andrew Bishop, Tanya F. Both, Jose Ramirez Calamateo, Lisettte Fall-Conroy, Michael Ferguson, John Kulikoff, Michelle Lee, Janet Livingston, Melissa Mohammadi, Elizabeth Newsom, Jeni Paltiel, Judith K. Patterson, Katherine Pulido, Karl Roeseler, Pauline C Scott, Wendy Shiraki, Kelly Torres, Stepehn C Vance and more to come! 

Roadworks Vendors

Cards That Art :: Circle A Studio :: Dandy Lion Press :: Graphic Arts Workshop :: Hoofprint Chicago :: Kit Davey, Book Artist :: Lizard Press :: Long Sleeve Shirt Press :: Melissa West :: Neon Sprinkles Studio :: North Bay Letterpress Arts :: Object: Found :: Painted Tongue Press :: Raes of Sun :: Rajit Phiosuwan, Artist and Printmaker :: S + M Press :: Savior Faire :: Tree of Knowledge 

Check back there will be more Vendors to come!

Vendor Applications

Vendor application period has been extended to August 18, 2017. Click here for the Vendor Application...


Join the team! Volunteers receive a free beverages and snacks and our great appreciation. Click here to sign up today...


If you are interested in being an esteemed sponsor of the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, send an email to to let us know and we will contact you with more information.