Printmaking & Imaging Arts
The Printmaking and Imaging Arts emphasis includes a wide-ranging array of analog and digital image making processes.
Printmaking is a process in which ink is transferred from a matrix (i.e. metal plates or limestone matrix, wood blocks, or screens) to material like paper, fabric, wood, or stone. The process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a ‘print.’ Our studio teaches the traditional mediums of relief, intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen while also encouraging the use of photo processes, digital, and alternative methods. Printmaking offers students a unique intersection of media and a strong foundation that enables them to tackle formal, technical, and conceptual creative problems.
Imaging arts encompasses both analog and digital processes. Students learn both established and experimental techniques of photography, lighting, and digital arts while refining their personal visual language as an expressive tool. Balancing commercial and fine-arts applications of imaging, they build a flexible foundation for multiple careers.
Meet Blythe Summers (BFA in Art, emphasis in imaging arts ’20), president of The Clicks student organization.
“Wildlife photography has always been my favorite even though that’s not what I focus on at all, but my love for the environment still shines through in my work. Photography was just a great way for me to make my passion an art form.”
Meet Mary Ellen Cobb (BFA in Art, emphasis in printmaking ‘19)
“It’s really easy to get absorbed into your area of emphasis but try to invest time in these other classes that you have to take. It’ll make you happier to step outside of your main body of work. I think it makes you stronger as an artist to bring those other elements into your artwork.”
Meet the Faculty
The imaging arts studio is headed by Brooke White, Professor of Art, whose work about the landscape, nature and our response to place has been exhibited nationally and internationally. The conceptual framework of her projects is consistently driven by the politics of place, memory and time, and the role they play in establishing identity. In her focus on the land, nature is always the central figure where histories are established.
Bryce Heesacker, Assistant Professor of Art, who works as an artist under the moniker F. C. Zuke, creates audiovisual and interactive artworks that investigate the ways in which beliefs are acquired, transmitted, and performed in society.
Graphic design professor, Virginia Chavis, teaches letterpress courses that support the printmaking studio curriculum. She merged her love of design and typography with the handmade through letterpress printing.