Printmaking

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The printmaking program at UT Arlington emphasizes the importance of exploring ideas through the printmaking process while investigating the significance of the graphic aesthetic. Students are encouraged to explore ideas relevant to contemporary theory and the role of the artist in society. The focus of courses is on the inventive and conceptual use of print media underscoring critical and contemporary issues in art.

Printmaking courses are divided into beginning and advanced levels. Beginning courses are designed to introduce students to printmaking processes, techniques, history and technologies. Advanced courses offer students an opportunity to develop a cohesive body of printed images, allowing for an in-depth exploration of particular techniques. Students explore the printed image through demonstrations, discussions, and experimentation. The positive collaborative atmosphere of the printshop serves to enhance the overall studio experience.

The printmaking facilities are equipped for the development of all manner of traditional and progressive techniques, including, stone and photo plate lithography, intaglio, wood and linocuts, photo silkscreen, digital applications, book arts and letterpress and papermaking. Connected to the printmaking lab is small Mac computer lab with Epson 4800 and 7800 printers. This availability of equipment and access to a diversity of techniques provides students in the printmaking program with opportunities to develop unique and innovative work.

MFA student Helen Schenck (2013) was awarded an internship to study at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. Sydney Webb (MFA 2014) was named the Southern Graphics Council International student representative (2012) and was also awarded an internship at the Hatch Show Print letterpress studio in Nashville, TN. Emily Nicastro’s (MFA 2015) was selected to participate in the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum’s Graduate Lectureship Series in Fort Worth, TX. Helen, Sydney and Emily assisted in the coordination and launching of UTA’s Wild Pony Editions and Mavs Letterpress+. Currently, MFA students Emily and Syd, along with undergraduate student Chris Shinn (BFA 2015) are collaborating with Professor Nancy Palmeri on a book project with poet Alex Lemon.

Breanne Trammell (BFA2006) has exhibited her prints both nationally and internationally. Her most recent project, Nails Across America, was featured on the art21 blog. Paul Windle (BFA 2012) was recently named one of the ADC Young Guns and his works have appeared in the New York Times and Bloomberg.

Faculty

Professor, Nancy Palmeri, was named Director of the MFA Program in the Art + Art History Department, and is the coordinator of printmaking within the department. Her work has received artistic acclaim both locally and internationally. Her prints have been included in Color Print USA, Lubbock, TX, and Global Matrix International Print Exhibition, Perdue University Art the Frans Masereel Graphic Art Center’s Jubilee Exhibition, Belgium. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including The Fogg Art Museum, Boston MA, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA. Professor Palmeri has also lectured and demonstrated her printmaking techniques at colleges and universities across the nation, including Cornell University, Boston University, The Pratt Institute of Art, Murray State University, and Louisiana State University. She has also curated several exhibitions at the Galley at UTA, and has lectured at numerous professional conferences including the Southern Graphics Council Conference, the MidAmerican Print Council Conference, and the International Conference for the Humanities, Cambridge University, UK.

Courses:

ART 3343
Printmaking
Development in the technical and conceptual practice of printmaking. Emphasis placed on an understanding of the history, theory and philosophy of independently published prints. Both traditional and nontraditional processes for creating printed images will be explored, including: lithography, relief, intaglio, silk screen, monoprints, book arts, and photo mechanical technologies. Prerequisite: ART 1305 and 1307 or permission of the instructor.
ART 4345
Advanced Printmaking
Continued study and development of both conceptual and technical practice of printmaking. Emphasis placed on personal expression of ideas as well as the broader implications of printed images. Explorations and innovations will be encouraged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 1305, 1307, and 3343 or permission of the instructor.

Facilities:

  • + 1 Takach etching press
  • + 1 Brand litho press
  • + 1 Brand etching press
  • + 1 Fuchs and Lang litho press
  • + 1 American French Tool etching press
  • + 1 Sturges etching press
  • + 1 Griffin etching press
  • + 1 Vandercook letterpress
  • + 1 Litho graining and silkscreen wash out sink
  • + 1 Rack King 50 shelf drying rack
  • + 60 Lithographic stones
  • + 1 Thermostatically controlled hot plate
  • + 1 Pexto metal shear
  • + 1 Darkroom for photo making processes
  • + 2 UV exposure units
  • + 1 Halogen exposure unit
  • + 1 Complete Letterpress studio (wood and lead type, Mac computer and Epson 7900)
  • + Furniture for typesetting
  • + 1 Hollander beater
  • + 1 High capacity power washer
  • + 1 Hydraulic lift
  • + 1 Ventilated etching chamber
  • + 1 Mac computer lab (3 computers, Adobe Creative Suite on each)
  • + 3 Epson printers (4800+7800 and R2400)
  • + 2 Epson v500 scanners