Printmaking

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Explore the pluralism of today and shape the society of tomorrow.

Who We Are

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The Printmaking concentration will provide you with a creative, community-focused atmosphere to explore innovative ideas, apply specific skills, and discover a life-long commitment to the arts. We encourage our students to be confident and independent problem-solvers and problem-finders as we work together towards a holistic Liberal Arts education. You’ll gain awareness of your position within art history and contemporary art making. Become constructively critical of new and old theories and techniques in order to develop your own distinct set of creative issues and practices. Investigate unfamiliar territory through collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Through the Printmaking Guild, you have the opportunity to join a strong and insightful student community that supports the pluralism of today, while working towards actively shaping the society of tomorrow.

YOUR
COURSEWORK

ENGAGE WITH HISTORICAL TECHNOLOGIES & EXPERIMENT WITH TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

Classes in Printmaking are taught in a hybrid workshop format that emphasizes personal investigation as well as collaborative conceptual engagement. Our primarily goal is to collectively guide our students in developing a strong personal vision and instill self-confidence, while building a concise portfolio of professional works. You will be given a sound technical background in a variety of tools, methods, and techniques to cultivate a strong studio practice and explore new, authentic research, now and beyond graduation. We balance hard skills of artistic inquiry and print industry with transferrable skills and philosophical inquiry to enrich your concepts and artistic production. Immerse yourself in a community workshop atmosphere, interact with other serious, highly motivated artists, and share visual concepts and technical investigations. Service-learning projects, such as producing prints and t-shirts for non-profit clientele, help our students discover where their creativity is wanted and needed in their communities and discover possibilities for their careers.

Job & Career Outcomes

  • Printing press business owner
  • Printshop production
  • Professor
  • Museum attendant & Guide
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Courses in the Printmaking Area at all levels focus on a diverse range of historical methods, materials, and techniques, both from a western and non-western perspective. Contemporary low-toxicity approaches to traditional content and techniques such as intaglio, lithography, relief, cyanotype, and serigraphy, develop throughout the program in conjunction with new innovations in CNC technology, laser engraving, and other post-digital applications.

As with each of our concentrations, your coursework will be supported by our Foundations Program, giving you a visual language, a critical eye, and the technical skills to find your voice and participate in the advancing world of printmaking.

Our Facilities

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Explore state-of-the-art equipment on a wide range of traditional, contemporary, & post-digital printmaking practices.

The Visual Arts Building has its own dedicated Digital Fabrication Lab where you can learn 3D modeling & printing, the operation of laser cutters, & the use of CNC machinery. The Nancy Richardson Design center is a short walk away & several of our faculty members serve as instructors.

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Our studio lab and communal print shop is an open workspace of 4,300 square feet that houses traditional, contemporary, and post-digital equipment. It has excellent ventilation and air conditioning throughout the entire shop with focused ventilation behind all acid bathes, solvent areas, and hot plates. There is ample space for each student to have a private locker, plate storage rack, large flat file access and a comfortable working environment. A large retractable screen and digital projector are suspended from the ceiling for referencing new artists online or for historical demonstrations, as well as an excellent surround sound system for music during studio work.

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Our Faculty