Printmaking is a process in which ink is transferred from a matrix to material like paper, fabric, wood, or stone. The process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a ‘print.’ Prints are created from a single original surface, known technically as a matrix. Common types of matrices include: plates of metal, usually copper or zinc for engraving or etching; stone or aluminum plates, used for lithography; wood blocks or linoleum for relief and screens stretched with silk fabric for screen printing.
The printmaking area offers students a unique intersection of traditional techniques paired with contemporary digital practices. Beginning students will learn many various traditional printmaking methods such as relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreening. As they advance, they will explore contemporary digital practices and how those techniques are applied in contemporary studio practice.
Assistant Professor Lauren Cardenas heads the printmaking program and is assisted in teaching by one Graduate Assistant.
Printmaking is offered as an emphasis area of study for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The printmaking area is in a large classroom/studio on the first floor of Meek Hall in Room 124. There are cubicles for graduate and undergraduate majors, a darkroom and an adjoining studio housing Letterpress.
The lithography press is a Takach-Garfield variable speed electric, 34″ x 57”. The studio is equipped for traditional stone, and plate lithography stones; including rollers, levigators, and a general purpose/graining sink in the print studio.
For intaglio, there are three presses: a 30″ x 50″ Charles Brand, a 20″ x 43″ and an antique mint press. A proofing press for type-high blocks and linoleum are also available. There is a ventilated acid area with glass safety doors, a drench shower, and handheld eye-drench fountain.
A vacuum frame exposure unit and a dark room equipped for silkscreen and alternative lithography and intaglio methods, such as photolithography and photopolymer intaglio. Other equipment includes one hot plate, a book press, large paper cutter, mat cutter, metal shear, a drying rack, and a wall mounted plexiglass cutter.
The Print Rebellion
The Print Rebellion is a group of advanced student printmakers led by Associate Professor Lauren Cardenas. They participate in various events such as the Double Decker Art Festival, Oxford Art Crawl and The Southern Graphics Council yearly conference. The organization sponsors community based print projects throughout the year where the students have work for sale. The Print Rebellion brings in many national and international visiting print artists for demonstrations and lectures. For more information, call (662) 915-1324.