Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival 2023


SFCB's 20th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate!

Personal Prints are still available for purchase until October 1st! Check out all 32 of the 9x12" prints carved by our community members, available for just $50 in our biblioshop.


This year, San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates twenty years of the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival by hosting a family-friendly, daylong block party featuring public printmaking, bookmaking, and hands-on art activities.

As an annual fundraiser, the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival celebrates printmaking and the art of the book in a spectacular way: printing 3’ by 3’ carved linoleum blocks using a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller. Each year, a featured group of artists and printmakers design and carve printing plates from linoleum; the resulting plates are printed in a limited edition during the event. This year, SFCB will offer the artwork of over 45 artists, with Classic Prints by Nora Aoyagi, Hannah Cousins, Daniel González of Print González, Rik Olson, and Eric Rewitzer of 3 Fish Studios. Prints are only available during the event and raise funds to support  SFCB workshops, exhibitions, and free public programming. A full list of Personal Print artists can be found here

Tune in to Instagram Live at 11am PT on 9/24 to watch the first steamrolled print of the day! @sanfranciscocenterforthebook


This year’s Roadworks Festival highlights free, hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, vendors, and an open house at San Francisco Center for the Book. Attendees can choose from various activities to participate in such as poster printing, making a mini-notebook, or learning about paper decoration. Retail vendors will be selling their wares ranging from stationery and handmade notebooks to fine art prints and artist books. A pop-up exhibition featuring printmaking work from George Washington High School AP art students will be on display, as well as SFCB’s current exhibition Datz Press: Global Voices in Contemporary Photobooks.

Retail vendors include Boarding All Rows :: Circle A Studio :: Coffee N Cream Press :: Deconstructed Artichoke Press :: Melissa West :: Milk Fed Press :: Nathalie Roland :: Navy Midnight Press :: Quite Contrary Press

Information and demonstrations by our community partners ARCH Art Supplies :: Letterform Archive :: Roots of Motive Power




Our volunteers make Roadworks possible! Volunteer tasks include help with setup and breakdown, greeting visitors, retail, demonstrations, print crew, and general assistance. Volunteers receive a Roadworks t-shirt and are served lunch, snacks, and drinks. There are many shifts to choose from throughout the day. Come volunteer with us! Email for more information. 


Roadworks is made by possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:



In-kind supporter Whole Foods Market (Potrero Hill)