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Why Print Media & Graphic Art?

The print media and graphic art intensive in our studio arts program is an ever-expanding and dynamic area of study that is a leader in the field of academic printmaking.  

Mixed media, public artworks, installation, collaboration, and Lake Effect Editions, our professional, in-house publishing entity, contribute to making print media and graphic art well rounded and vibrant. Digital technologies including but not limited to CNC routers, laser engravers, and large-format ink-jet printing are a top priority here.

We have an impressive array of new media tools for the printmaker, and we continue to embrace the needs of those wishing to honor the time-tested methodologies of the field. In our state-of-the-art studios we offer courses in lithography, monotype/monoprint, etching, screenprint, relief, papermaking, letterpress, book arts, and digital printmaking. We also present an annual steamroller printing event in the center of Main Campus. Our active visiting artist program gives students valuable experience working side-by-side with the leading figures in the field.

These offerings provide our students with a solid foundation while affording them the opportunity to move freely among the widening definitions of printmaking. Students will acquire technical expertise, a mature body of work that reflects their conceptual interests, and a broad network of contacts that will provide a lifetime membership in the print community.

Syracuse’s proximity to New York City and other metropolitan, art-friendly cities is another benefit of study at SU. Students and faculty take group trips to New York City for such events as the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair, held every year at the Armory, and they travel to attend the Southern Graphics Council International Conference each year. Many of our graduates move to New York City after earning their degree, where they find jobs and internships in the multitude of print studios, workshops, art foundations, art galleries, and museums that the city has to offer.

We are ranked no. 19 among the top 20 printmaking programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2013 specialty rankings for Best Graduate Schools in Fine Arts.



Comstock Art Facility

Print media and graphic art is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to art education, ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, and sculpture. Our fully ventilated, 6,400-square-foot facility includes studio spaces for undergraduate and graduate students.

Studio Equipment


  • Takach press (40” x 72”)
  • Charles Brand press (36” x 56”)
  • Hughes and Kimber press (22” x 36”)
  • Separate ventilated acid-bath and solvent clean-up room


  • Two Charles Brand presses (30” x 50”) and (24” x 40”), with plate bases
  • Wepplo press (29” x 38”), used exclusively for plate litho
  • Large selection of assorted-sized stones stored on press high carts and in custom stone storage racks


  • Complete waterbase photo silkscreen facility and darkroom
  • Nu-Arc vacuum exposure table (42” x 60”)
  • Rhyno Stainless steel, back-lit washout sink
  • Eight non-vacuum printing stations
  • Five AWT, micro-registration vacuum tables, (30” x 40”)
  • Two ATMA, micro-registration vacuum tables (27” x 27”)
  • AWT Seriglide, one-arm printing press (42" x 64")
  • CamSpray pressure washer
  • Custom screen emulsion drying system

Letterpress (Goudy Type Lab)

  • Vandercook No. 3 proofing press
  • Table-top and floor platen presses
  • Large assortment of metal type with many original Goudy fonts


  • Three proof presses (15” x 30”)
  • Challenge proof press (15” x 30”)
  • Showcard poster press (24”x 27”)
  • Selection of wood and metal Showcard type

Hand Papermaking

  • 1 1/2 lb. Voith Hollander beater
  • Two one-gallon commercial blenders
  • Pattern pistol
  • Portable Hilger vacuum table/moulding (4’ x 4’)
  • Hydraulic paper press (36” x 27”)
  • Five 12” x 15” book presses
  • Variety of student and professional moulds

Resource Lab

  • Two iMAC computers
  • EPSON scanner
  • HP laser printer (13” x 19”)
  • Copy machine

Visiting Artists to Lake Effect Editions

Crystal Wagner Installing Work at ComArt

A vital part of our curriculum is our visiting artists program. Each year we invite two to four professional printmakers to join us for a short-term residency, where they work closely with students and faculty to create a project. Students work side-by-side with the artist to create editions, print installations, sculptures, and collaborations.

Recent visiting artists to Lake Effect Editions include: Aesthetic Apparatus, Santiago Armengod, Dr. Eric Avery, Glen Baldridge, Michael Barnes, Kathan Brown, Lisa Bulawsky, Cannonball Press, Jack Damer, Drive By Press, Amze Emmons, John Hancock, Adriane Herman, John Hitchcock, Mark Hosford, Chris Johanson, Amanda Knowles, Michael Krueger, Emmy Lingscheit, Dennis McNett, Nathan Meltz, Kathryn Polk, Printeresting, Minna Resnick, Favianna Rodriguez, Nick Ruth, Jay Ryan, Jennifer Schmidt, Joel Seah, Sean StarWars, Fred Stonehouse, Jon Swindler, Lenore Thomas, R.L. Tillman, Crystal Wagner, and Ericka Walker.


Graphic Arts League

The Graphic Arts League is our student-run print club. As a member, you can participate in numerous events, field trips, and demonstrations related to printmaking.

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