As part of a cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, the Printmaking concentration functions as an intersection where many approaches to print media are practiced in unison. Coursework encourages both dynamic group interaction and independent inquiry. Students utilize fully equipped facilities to investigate a full range of traditional printmaking media including intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and letterpress, as well as new and experimental approaches incorporating digital processes and alternative types of presentation and media. The curriculum cultivates an understanding of craft and design as well as the potential of print media to address a variety of conceptual and formal topics. The Printmaking concentration creates a bridge between history and contemporary thought preparing students for a dynamic future as professional artists, printers, gallery and museum professionals, educators, or for study at the M.F.A. level.
The printmaking facilities allow students to explore ideas and imagery while utilizing the widest range of equipment and technologies. The spacious studios are designed to accommodate environmentally conscious materials.
• The lithography area is equipped with two 51” x 30” Brand presses, a 34” x 59” Tackach Garfield press, two 25” x 36” Fuchs and Lang presses, and a comprehensive library of large lithographic stones
• The intaglio area includes a 32” x60” Charles Brand press, a 32″x60″ American French Tool Press, and an 18” x 28” Ettan press. A 21” x 25” Nu-Arc Xenon Exposure unit is available for photo-mechanical processes.
• In the relief area there is a 30” x 40” hydraulic press. A letterpress and book arts area contains a Vandercook 219AB press, a Vandercook #4 press, a multilith1250 offset press, two typographic proofing presses, a guillotine paper cutter, as well as various trays of assorted type faces.
• The screen-printing area includes a 30” x 40” screen reclaiming sink with power washer, a 30” x 40” Nu-Arc screen exposure unit and a large A.W.T. flat-bed vacuum screen printing unit.
• The digital lab is equipped with an Epson 7900 wide-format ink jet printer, an Epson 3880 printer and a laser printer. Students have access to two IMac computers and a scanner.