The printmaking program offers students the opportunity for concentrated study through studio work in relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and book arts. Students 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.

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 room, 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 42" x 60" Nu-Arc Exposure Unit, back-lit washout sink, two ATMA  vacuum printing stations, 44" x 64" AWT-Seriglide One-Arm Printing Press, and fourteen manual glass topped printing stations.

As a printmaking student you have the opportunity to print with master printmakers and artists as part of our vibrant visiting artist program within Lake Effect Editions, our newly formed 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.

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.

Graduates of our printmaking program are professional master printers, studio owners, commercial artists, illustrators, printmaking professors, entrepreneurs, gallerists, and museum curators.

Media: Video of the 2011 Print on the Quad event from Citrus TV and the Steamroller Press.