The Studio Art Major with an emphasis in Printmaking gives the student basic skills and knowledge in both traditional and contemporary print media. The Printmaking Area includes courses that focus on lithography, intaglio, screenprint, relief, monoprint/monotype and photo/digital based printmaking applications. Students who participate in these courses learn how to create editioned prints and unique, one-of-a-kind printed works. In addition, many printmaking students chose to integrate printmaking processes into other media, such as Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Installation, and Graphic Design.
The Printmaking Area also invites students to participate in its many events throughout the year, including print specific exhibitions, juried student exhibitions, printmaking fundraising events (which aid in class trips and study abroad opportunities), and collaborative printing in our Red Press Collaborative visiting artist program.
As with all BFA Studio Art majors, students must complete and pass the Freshman Foundation Portfolio Review before beginning the printmaking course sequence. The printmaking major offers a diverse range of media experiences and allows for a progression of technical and aesthetic development to best prepare him/her as a professional print artist, collaborative printer, and/or to continue onto graduate study.
The Printmaking Facilities has gone through many changes in the last few years in order to update the area with some of the most current and safest equipment/materials in the field. Transforming the space into one of the most contemporary and versatile student printmaking studios in the region. The facility utilizes many non-toxic printmaking methods and chemistry to offer our students a safe environment in which to create printed works of art. Facilities include a large printmaking studio with an outdoor balcony and plenty of natural light, an attached chemistry room dedicated to etching, and a technology lab/darkroom annex allowing us to generate photo-matrices within lithography, intaglio, and screenprint processes. The main studio includes three intaglio/relief presses, two lithography presses, large format screenprinting vacuum press, large format textile screenprinting press, a four color/two station T-shirt screenprinting press, six portable screenprinting units, lithography stone graining sink (forty count litho stone collection), paper prep/tear table, and a large paper soaking sink. The chemistry room includes a vertical etching tank, chemistry lab specific counters and sink, hotplate, acid storage cabinet, chemical storage cabinet, and a portable acid/gas/particular matter ventilation unit. The technology lab/darkroom includes a large litho/etching plate photo-exposure unit, screenprinting exposure unit, screenprinting washout booth with commercial power washer, four Macintosh computers, scanner, tabloid sized laser printer, and a large format Epson archival ink jet printer.
Takach Press Corp. • 34″ x 60″ lithography press • model 3460
Takach Press Corp. • 26″ x 48″ lithography press • model 2648
Conrad Machine Co. • 44″ x 72″ etching/relief press • model E44
Rembrandt • 24″ x 42″ etching/relief press • model Pelican
Rembrandt • 18″ x 36″ etching/relief press • model Graves
A.W.T. • 24″ x 30″ screenprinting vacuum press • model Accu-Glide
Riley Hopkins • 4 color/2 station T-shirt screenpinting press • model JR./with screen storage cart
Ryonet • 42″ x 55″ oversized textile press • model Silver
25″ x 36″ portable screenprinting press with Speedball Deluxe Hinge Clamps (6 total)