Since the incorporation of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. in 2003, we have asked contemporary artists to create limited editions that we offer in exchange for donations. Revenue from these artworks allows us to continue our mission of providing an unmediated, accessible forum for artists and the general public.

These limited editions are not for sale, and therefore a portion of their value is tax-deductible, in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. You will receive an email receipt or your records, and your donation will be noted both on our website and in the subsequent issue of Esopus.

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Esopus Drawings features 25 drawings by Esopus editor Tod Lippy completed over the spring and summer of 2018. The edition, which is a facsimile of the sketchbook Lippy used printed on archival paper, appears on the 15th anniversary of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. and is meant to commemmorate this milestone by revisiting various aspects of our first decade and a half of operation.

As Lippy explains, "Because I am essentially the only person working on each issue, the production of Esopus has been an intensely personal exercise. For these drawings, I've worked mostly from photographs depicting Esopus events, artists’ projects from particular issues, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the printing and editorial process, and other instances related to the production of the publication. Each drawing took between two and five days to complete. Over the course of that time, I found myself becoming immersed in—and reliving on some level—a very specific moment in the history of Esopus. It was a profound and moving experience, and I am deeply grateful especially to the MacDowell Colony, which awarded me a August 2018 residency during which I completed many of these." 

This edition was sent automatically to all Esopus Premium subscribers in October 2018. It is still available here for purchase, and you can also order it and a copy of Esopus 25 here for a discounted price. 

Every copy of Esopus Drawings includes a perforated blank sheet at the end of the book. We have encouraged recipients to complete their own drawing related to Esopus and send it to the Esopus Foundation, and plan to organize an exhibition around all of these submissions, which will become a part of the Foundation's archive, in 2019. 

RELATED EVENT: Tod Lippy: Esopus Drawings Launch at Printed Matter (11/1)