BFA

Printmaking

IMMERSES STUDENTS IN TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY IDEAS AND PROCESSES, EMPHASIZING PERSONAL VOICE AND VISION, HIGH STANDARDS OF CRAFTSMANSHIP, AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Printmaking immerses students in traditional and contemporary ideas and processes, emphasizing personal voice and vision, high standards of craftsmanship, and professional practice. Through a rich, interdisciplinary studio experience you’ll explore intaglio, lithography, relief printing, screenprinting, monotype, letterpress, book-making, artist publications, digital and 3D printing. The printed multiple is explored and utilized as integral to contemporary art practice as a means of communication, as objects for dispersal and dissemination, as accumulation and installation, and as material documentation. 

A diverse faculty of professional artists and master printers support student growth technically, formally, materially, and conceptually. The curriculum is supported by a skilled, on-site print studio manager; visiting artists; Watershed, our in-house publishing program; and relationships with print shops, master printers, working artists, and galleries. 

ABRA ANCLIFFE

LEAD, PRINTMAKING

Printmaker Abra Ancliffe considers the fixity and frailty of language alongside how printed knowledge is created, stored, and accessed. Her Personal Libraries Library is an ongoing project that recreates personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, and writers. She’s had recent exhibitions in Tækniminjasafn (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland), and Kasteel Le Paige (Herentals, Belgium).

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Supported Techniques

  • Intaglio
  • Screenprinting
  • Monotype
  • Lithography
  • Relief
  • Book-making
  • Letterpress
  • Photogravure
  • Printing on fabric
  • Combined print media
  • Experimental printing

Ali Leeds ‘11 sets type for one of the Printmaking Studio’s letterpresses.

Facilities and Equipment

  • Dedicated studios for intaglio and relief, screenprinting, letterpress, and lithography
  • Four intaglio/relief presses, three Vandercook letterpresses, three litho presses, and one Mailander off-set press
  • Letterpress studio with over 200 drawers of lead and wood type
  • Book-making equipment including guillotines and perfect-binding machine
  • Screenprinting studio with 12 individual printing stations and dedicated coating, exposing, and wash-out rooms
  • Nearly 100 traditional lithography stones, ranging in size from small to very large
  • Dedicated exposure room for photo-litho, photopolymer, and photogravure processes
  • Three vacuum exposure units for photo-sensitive processes
  • Dedicated room for copper-plate etching baths
  • State-of-the-art ventilation
  • Individual storage spaces for each student working in the print studios
  • Printmaking Store, open during weekdays, that affordably sells hard-to-find materials, tools, and papers
  • Large windows in each studio, and a large skylight, that bring in natural light
  • Extensive print archive, including many prints and items from Gordon Gilkey
  • Access to the Fabrication Lab with 3-D printers, plotters, milling machines, and vinyl cutters
  • Access to the Digital Print Studio with large format inkjet printers
  • Access to the Digital Print Center with large-format Konica Production Printer
  • Access to the Documentation Lab

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