Lead Bank to Host 11th Annual Road Roller Printmaking Art Event

20 Students from Kansas City Art Institute Printmaking Department to create giant prints

Lead Bank is pleased to host the Kansas City Art Institute’s Printmaking Department on Friday, March 23rd for the 11th Annual Road Roller art event. 20 students from the KCAI Printmaking Department and their special guest artists, Blake and Hannah Sanders, will create giant prints with the help of an industrial-sized road roller.


The process requires lots of hands-on work drawing, carving, and inking the plates, setting up the prints, and working with the road roller to eventually “roll over” all of the art. The public is encouraged to stop by between 10:00am-2:00pm in the Lead Bank parking lot located at 1801 Main Street. Burgers and brats will be served from 11:30am-1:00pm.


Steamroller engraving is an experience that is not often available for public viewing. The process requires a steamroller, a heavy construction vehicle normally used for leveling surfaces, to be used as the pressure point to transfer the ink from a matrix onto a fabric or paper, creating a printed design. KCAI students from the printmaking department will be performing the steamroller engraving process, and the end result will be displayed in the Lead Bank parking lot throughout the day. Lead Bank will be hosting a First Fridays celebration in the future where the public is encouraged to come see the printmaking installation.