Learn both traditional skills and new technologies
Main Printmaking Studio Main Printmaking Studio

Why Printmaking?

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, Graphic Arts League, 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.

FACULTY

Facilities

Comstock Art Facility

The printmaking facility is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is home to School of Art programs in art education and studio arts. Our fully ventilated, 6,400-square-foot facility includes studio spaces for undergraduate and graduate students.

Printmaking Studio Equipment

Relief

  • 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

Intaglio

  • 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

Lithography

  • 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

Serigraphy

  • Complete waterbase photo silkscreen facility and darkroom
  • Douthitt vacuum exposure table (36” x 48”)
  • Back-lit washout sink
  • Fourteen non-vacuum printing stations
  • 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

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

Crystal Wagner Installing Work at ComArt

A vital part of our curriculum is our visiting artists program. Each year we invite five to six 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 have included 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, Dennis McNett, Nathan Meltz, Pinteresting, 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.

Community

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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