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.
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 printmaking studio is headed by Lauren Cardenas, Assistant Professor of Art, whose work focuses on print media. Her experiences include small press publications, bridging the gap with literary arts, culminating in a Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was recently on an artist residency at Canserrat in Barcelona, Spain.
Graduate assistants, Anna Hite, Christopher Latil, and Margaret Perez, also contribute to the printmaking studio.
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.