University of Mississippi

Printmaking

 

Overview:

Printmaking is a process in which ink is transferred from a matrix to a 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, used for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts, linoleum for linocuts and fabric plates for screenprinting. But there are many other kinds of matrix substrates and related processes.

Students will learn many various printmaking techniques such as relief printing, intaglio printing, lithography, silkscreening, etc.

Associate Professor Sheri Rieth 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.

 

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Facilities:

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 work room with cabinets for storage.

The lithography press is a Takach-Garfield variable speed electric, 34″ x 57″, and lithography stones, rollers, levigators and a general purpose/graining sink are available in the printmaking shop.

For intaglio there are three presses: a 30″ x 50″ Charles Brand, a 20″ x 43″ antique mint press, and a 23″ x 36″ Whelan. Two proofing presses 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 with an enlarger are available for silkscreen and alternative photography methods, such as cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown prints.

Other equipment includes two hot plates, a bookbinders’ press, large paper cutter, mat cutter, metal shear, drying rack and a wall mounted plexiglass cutter.

Equipment: 

4 wooden work tables 90”x42”
24 wooden and vinyl seat chairs
3 48” x 48” laminate covered work tops with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage on casters
2 25” x 96” laminate covered work tops with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage on casters
1 25” x 48” laminate covered work tops with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage on casters
1 24” x 72” mounted work top counters with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage
2 24” x 76” mounted work top counters with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage
1 24” x 56” mounted work top counters with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage
5 above ground wall mounted wooden storage cabinets with sliding doors and shelving
1 moveable wooden storage cabinet for tools
1 first aid kit
2 built-in wooden student storage cabinets with shelving
1 built-in wooden  storage cabinets with shelving for inks and tools
1 built-in storage area above built in wooden storage cabinets
1 light box
1 single basin hand washing sink
1 soap dispenser
1 wall mounted paper towel dispenser
1 chalkboard for instruction
1 metal flat file storage cabinet
1 paper cutter
1 wall mounted roll paper cutter and holder
1 Nuarc exposure unit
1 darkroom spindle door
inside darkroom
– 1 sink
-2 storage cabinets
-1 shelf
-1 drier photographic print

3 large moveable carts
1 small moveable cart
4 large plastic trays
1 verticle etching tank
1 inflammable cabinet storage for solvents
1 acid safety cabinet
2 fire exhtinguishers
2 plate warmers
1 Brand etching press
1 Star Wheel etching press
1 Whelan etching press
2 proofing presses
2 inflammable cans for solvent trash
1 emergency eye washing station
1 emergency shower
1 acid proof apron
1 acid proof face guard helmet
1 grinding sink
1 washout sink
1 double basin hand washing sink
1 glass top work table
1 Platen tabletop letter press
1 wall mounted sharps disposal container
1 etcher electric
2 levigators
1 lens telephoto 150 mm
1 Tachash press lithographic
1 projector carousel
1 meatal spring loaded rack drying & storage
2 fume hoods for ventilation
1 stand light

Studios
room 124 a                        9’ x 13’
2 work desks
1 storage cabinet
room 124 c                        8’ x 9’
1 work desk
room 124 d                        8’ x 9’
2 work desks
room 124 e                        8’ x 9’
1 work desk

room 124 b                        9’ x 13’
2 metal flat files print storage
1 shear metal cutting
1 wall mounted sharps disposal container
room 113
3 metal flat files  print storage
1 wall mounted plexi glass cutting system
2 moveable mat board cutters
2 25” x 48” laminate covered work tops with wooden base cabinet and drawer storage on casters
1 letterpress proofing press
1 moveable etching tabletop press
1 heat press
1 storage rack for lithographic rollers
3 large lithographic rollers
3 type cabinets for storage of moveable type collection
1 photocopier
1 metal cabinet for student print collection
3 work tabes 30” x 60”

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Organizations:

The Print Rebellion
The Print Rebellion is a group of advanced student printmakers led by Associate Professor Sheri Fleck Rieth. 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.