Founded in 2014, the Red Onion Press was incorporated in 2017 in Kennesaw, Georgia as a non-profit corporation with a mission to establish “A non-profit printmaker's workshop and gallery dedicated to the preservation and education of the fine art of printmaking and letterpress publishing.” We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
Our new location is nestled in historic Downtown Kennesaw, 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, in Cobb county. Downtown Kennesaw features green space, a farmer's market, local eateries, and the Smithsonian's Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Our climate controlled space includes a retail gallery of fine art prints, a working printmaking and letterpress studio, classroom space, a press restoration operation, and a reference library for local printmaking and letterpress artists. We are in an ongoing process of adding resources and equipment for various printmaking and letterpress techniques. If you are a local fine art printmaking artist, student, enthusiast, or collector please contact us to see what we can offer to you.
Clemens Bak, Founder and President
Richard Searle, Treasurer and Education Director
Rick Paller, Secretary
Nuno Nuñez, Executive Director
"Nuno" Nuñez, Executive Director
Nuno Nuñez has been making prints since high school. He earned a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College, in Northfield, MN and a Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, attended and assisted at Frogman's Print Workshops, and served as Assistant Printer to Highpoint Editions at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN.
Red Onion Press Board of Directors
Clemens Bak, President
Clemens has been involved in the arts as the Director of Gallery 4463, a fine arts co-operative from 2007 to 2013. In 2014 he founded the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that continues to provide art programming in Acworth. He retired in 2016 after 27 years as a manufacturing engineer for Fabrico, EIS a division of Genuine Parts Corporation and devotes his full time to the Red Onion Press
Valerie Dibble, Board member
Valerie A. (Wright) Dibble is a practicing artist, university professor, wife, homemaker and mother of three. She earned her BFA from Arizona State University in 1982 in printmaking and photo processes. She earned her MFA from the University of Florida1991 in printmaking and electronic media.
Valerie is currently a Professor of Art and the Coordinator of the Printmaking concentration at Kennesaw State Univeristy. She has been awarded the Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service awards. She has also received a Governor's Teaching fellowship and numerous grants.
Richard Searle Treasurer and Education Director
Richard has a Masters of the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) Art Education Concentration, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw Georgia, 2012–2013, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Printmaking Concentration, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw Georgia, 2004-2012, Currently teaching 8th - 12th grade: Mt. Paran Christian High School.
HUGH MacKay, Board member
Hugh received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and earned a MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000 . In 2001, he founded Greene Square Letterpress. He has mixed a successful career as an illustrator and designer with his passion for letterpress printing.
Rick Paller, Secretary
Rick, was born in Decatur and has been a long-time resident of Kennesaw. He studied at the Ringling School of Art Georgia State University and later studied with Albert Handell, Daniel Greene, Jeanine Hough. He has had a career since 1979 as commercial artist, television artist, illustrator and is well known as an award winning painter. His work encompasses landscape, figurative art, still life and imaginative subjects.