Contemporary practices in printmaking are embraced in our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program. A base in the traditional methods of print media lays the groundwork for a jumping off point into experimental, digital, installation, interactive, collaborative, and innovative art practices.

Our M.F.A. candidates enter the program with a range of interests related to the medium of print and then commit to an intense period of study toward the goal of creating a cohesive and technically sophisticated body of work that can be discussed in the context of contemporary art issues.

Our faculty are working artists with an expansive knowledge of contemporary and traditional printmaking methods. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our many visiting artists, meet for individual studio critiques, and work side-by-side with them in creating limited editioned prints. Recent guest artists have included Adriane Herman, John Hitchcock, Sean StarWars, Chris Johanson, Michael Barnes, Jack Damer, Michael Krueger, and Kathan Brown.

Printmaking students and faculty recently participated in Carving Through Borders, a steamroller printmaking event in San Francisco and exhibition/panel discussion in Syracuse. These collaborative events explored the experience of immigration through the lenses of activist artistic expression and policy discussion. Watch our videos to learn more.

Our fully ventilated 6,400-square-foot facility includes six etching and lithography presses ranging in size up to 40” x 72”, a separate ventilated acid and solvent clean-up room, separate studio spaces for graduate and undergraduate majors, a hand papermaking lab with 1 lb Voith Hollander beater, a typography lab with Vandercook, table-top and full-size Platen presses plus wood and metal type including Goudy originals, and a computer lab and resource library. Additionally, the facility offers a separate, state-of-the-art serigraphy studio equipped with a 36” x 48” Douthitt vacuum exposure table, back-lit washout sink, two vacuum printing stations, and 16 printing stations.