The printmaking intensive offers you the opportunity for concentrated study through studio work in relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and book arts. You learn both traditional printmaking skills and new technologies that combine digital applications and mixed media.
As a student of printmaking, you will acquire a broad range of printmaking knowledge before deciding on an individual artistic specialization. You will learn both traditional printmaking skills and new technologies that combine digital applications and mixed media.
You'll also work with master printmakers and artists as part of our vibrant visiting artists program within Lake Effect Editions, our press. Each year we invite three to five 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. Additionally, as a member of our student-run print club, Command Print, you can participate in numerous events, field trips, and demonstrations related to printmaking.
Alumni are professional master printers, studio owners, commercial artists, illustrators, and museum curators.
The printmaking facility is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is home to School of Art programs in arts education and studio arts. Our fully ventilated, 6,400-square-foot facility includes studio spaces for undergraduate and graduate students.
Printmaking 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
- Rhino Polypropolene, 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
- Vandercook SP-15 Proofing Press
- Challenge Paper Cutter
- 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
- 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
- Two iMAC computers
- EPSON scanner
- HP5200 Laser Printer (13” x 19”)
- EPSON T3270 Ink Jet Printer, 24"
- Accu-Rip Ruby software
- Adobe Creative Cloud
Visiting Artists to Lake Effect Editions
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: Golnar Adili, Aesthetic Apparatus, Santiago Armengod, Dr. Eric Avery, Glen Baldridge, Michael Barnes, Kathan Brown, Lisa Bulawsky, Cannonball Press, Aaron Coleman, Jack Damer, Adam DelMarcelle, Drive By Press, Amze Emmons, John Hancock, Adriane Herman, John Hitchcock, Mark Hosford, Chris Johanson, Amanda Knowles, Michael Krueger, Joe Leroux, 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, Ericka Walker, and Stacey Lee Weber.