The Printmaking area offers a diverse range of contemporary print media including relief, intaglio, silkscreen, lithography, and book-arts. Digital and low-toxic applications such as photopolymer, polyester plate lithography, and acrylic etching techniques are important components that are integrated into the coursework.
The program emphasizes an exploration of the hybrid potential of both traditional and current print processes. The history of print-based media is addressed, along with contemporary art historical and theoretical issues.
Students are encouraged to critically investigate a wide range of approaches that develop into challenging, personally expressive, visual statements. Through the media of printmaking, students are given the opportunity to establish a broad base for self-discovery and growth as both artists and as responsible human beings.
The printmaking area has two well-equipped studios located on the first floor of Wey Hall. The Press Room houses three etching and two lithographic presses, a vented acid area, OVAC exposure unit for photopolymer processes, an acrylic airbrush/aquatint spray booth, a graining sink, drying and work areas. The silkscreen shop has two exposure units, a large spray booth, and individual printing stations. A Mac-based, digital studio is dedicated to printmaking and photography and houses scanners, small, medium, and large format Epson and HP inkjet printers. A separate classroom space, which is shared with photography, accommodates lectures and critiques and has a "clean space" for preparing paper, curating prints, dry mounting photographs, and matting two-dimensional work.
Advanced students are granted additional, shared workspace where personal and flat file storage is available.