Printmedia

How can you make your imprint?

Printmedia engages with the history of printmaking as a graphic art and its place within contemporary art, design, and visual culture. In our well-equipped printshop, students are introduced to a range of traditional print matrices. These include screen printing, intaglio, lithography, relief print, and letterpress. In addition to traditional processes, we also include contemporary media such as risograph, print animation, zines, print installation, and digital processes. Students in Printmedia are encouraged to explore the use of multiples as both a form of design and as a means of contemporary studio practice. The small class sizes in Printmedia also allow for one-on-one instruction and more time to work in the studio. 

risograph prints on table

Facilities & Equipment

The Printmedia Lab is a full service print shop, capable of producing art in all Printmedia from traditional etching and woodcut to risographs. The Lab blends traditional equipment with new digital technologies, reimagining what printmaking can be in the 21st century. 

printmaking equipmentLab includes:

  • Takach Motorized Etching Press 
  • Charles Brand Etching Press 
  • French Tool Etching Press 
  • Charles Brand Litho Press 
  • Conrad Combination Etching/  
  • Litho Press 
  • Vandercook Universal Letterpress 
  • Showcard Press 
  • Large type collection 
  • Screen Printing Stations 
  • Screen Printing Vacuum Table 
  • 2 x washout booths 
  • 2x graining sinks 
  • Large Litho Stone Library 
  • 3 x Riso EZ 221U Duplicators 
  • NuArc Tri-Lite Exposure Unit 
  • Full Spectrum Laser Engraver 
  • 2 x Shopoko CNC Mills 
  • Dedicated Etching Room set up for copper plate photogravure  
  • 4x stopmotion copy stands 
  • Challenge Paper Guillotine  

Visiting Artist Workshop

The Print Media area has hosted numerous workshops and masterclasses by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Recent guests include Ericka Walker, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Hound Dog Press, Louisville, KY, Joseph Lupo, West Virginia University, Marie Bukowski, Kent State University, Lari Gibbons, University of North Texas, and many others.

Courses Include 

A-S 320 PRINTMEDIA: SCREEN/RELIEF PRINT 
Learn the skills necessary to create screen and relief prints and build a working knowledge of how both analog and digital stencils can be used to create editionable images.  

A-S 321 PRINTMEDIA: INTAGLIO/LITHOGRAPHY 
Learn the skills necessary to create Lithography and Intaglio prints and build a working knowledge of how both analog and digital stencils are used to create editionable images. 

A-S 322 SCREEN PRINTING 
Intensive studio experience in serigraph printmaking processes and history relevant to contemporary practices in the medium.  

A-S 520 PRINTMEDIA: TOPICS (topics have include: Zines, Photo and Digital Processes, and Advanced Screen Printing) 
Explore and discuss contemporary and future directions in Printmedia, while combining traditional, digital, and post-digital matrices to create works that merge print with installation, design, animation, book-arts, or other mixed-media methods. 

A-S 521 PRINTMEDIA: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES 
Utilize knowledge from previous print courses to develop specific projects and research that develops a professional body of work and studio practice. 

Printmedia encourages students to take additional coursework in such courses as A-S 340 Introduction to Graphic Design, A-S 330 Intermediate Drawing; A-S 331 Exploration of Human Form; A-S 385 Intermediate Photo Manipulation: PhotoShop; and A-S 386 Alternative Photoprocesses; among others. 

Faculty 

Jonathan McFadden / Associate Professor, Printmedia 
David Wischer /Assistant Professor, Graphic Design and Printmedia 

Affiliated Faculty 

Matt Brock / Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design 
Mia Cinelli / Assistant Professor, Graphic Design and Typography 
Chad Eby / Assistant Professor, Graphic Design and Simulation 
Paul Rodgers / Lecturer, Foundations and Animation