About Manneken Press

Manneken Press is an independent fine art press that publishes and exhibits original, contemporary limited edition and unique prints, portfolios and artist’s books, founded in 2000.  Each year, owners Jonathan Higgins and Sarah Smelser invite select artists from around the world to our Bloomington, Illinois studios to create original works of art in intaglio, relief, lithography and monotype.  The prints, made by the artists working closely with master printer Jonathan Higgins, are hand-printed on our Takach etching press using the finest inks and papers available.  Prints from Manneken Press have been exhibited at fine art fairs in Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Boston, Baltimore, Houston and New York City, and in many galleries and museums.  Manneken Press has been the subject of several survey exhibitions: Manneken Press at Five Years at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005; Full Circle: Prints from Manneken Press travelled to venues in California, Texas and Louisiana in 2007; the Peoria Contemporary Art Center mounted the exhibition Artists of Manneken Press in 2011; and Recent Prints and Projects from Manneken Press, Wakely Gallery, Bloomington, IL in 2017. Reviews of Manneken Press prints have appeared in such publications as Art In Print, Art In America, ARTnews, and Art On Paper.

We exhibit prints from Manneken Press at several fine art fairs each year, and we welcome visitors by appointment to view prints in our showroom and tour the studio, which is located on the 2nd floor of an Art Deco former Coca Cola bottling plant.

Purchasing Information

All the prints shown on the website are for sale. Please contact us at [email protected] or 309-829-7443 for pricing and availability, or if you require any additional information about the artworks, artists or techniques used.  For purchases, we accept checks, cash, PayPal and all major credit cards. Items may also be purchased directly on our Artsy site.

Prints are either shipped flat or in tubes.  Prices do not include shipping, taxes and insurance.

The prints are sold unframed unless otherwise specified.  We can assist you in identifying a quality framer for your purchase in some cases.

All sales are final, and we cannot accept returns.

About The Founders

Jonathan Higgins, Manneken’s Master Printer, has collaborated with many artists and worked at printmaking studios in the U.S. and Europe, including Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; The Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY; The Brodsky Center (formerly Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper), New Brunswick, NJ; Vinalhaven Press, Vinalhaven, ME; ARTica Studio, Bilbao, Spain; and the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. Higgins co-founded Galamander Press, New York, NY in 1995 which he ran with several partners before starting Manneken Press in 2000.

Sarah Smelser has printed for The Printmaking Workshop and K. Caraccio Studio, New York, NY.  She taught printmaking at Pasadena City College and West Virginia University, and is currently Professor of Art, teaching intaglio printmaking, at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and is a past president of the Mid-America Print Council.


The images on this website are copyright protected and are jointly owned by Manneken Press and the artists.  Reproduction of any kind and for any purpose must be expressly approved by Manneken Press.