The printmaking program emphasizes the exploration of ideas through active making and the investigation of the graphic aesthetic. Through studio projects and lectures, students are encouraged to consider the practical and conceptual possibilities of altering, reusing, and layering imagery. 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 process. 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 both traditional and contemporary techniques, including stone and photo plate lithography, intaglio, wood and linocuts, photo silkscreen, digital applications, book arts, 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.
Print faculty Carrie Iverson received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Known for her innovative use of materials, her site-responsive installations have incorporated glass, print, found objects, video, and sound. Her work is in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). Additionally, she has been an artist in residence at the de Young Museum (San Francisco), KALA Art Institute (Berkeley), North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland), Seto Center for Glass and Ceramics (Japan), Pilchuck Glass School, Alberta College of Art and Design (Canada), and Glenfiddich (Scotland).
MFA recipient H 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.
Kacey Slone (MFA 2021) teaches at Indiana University Southeast and works as a gallery manager for the Barr Gallery and the Pat Harrison Fine Art + Design Gallery. Recent exhibitions include a sole show, “Gathered Lack,” at Houseguest gallery in Louisville, Kentucky (2022), and a collaborative show, “/linked,” at Indiana University Southeast (2022).
Benjamin Loftis (BFA 2020) is currently pursuing his MFA at Texas Christian University. Recent exhibitions include “With Pleasure,” a group exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (2022).
Breanne Trammell (BFA 2006) 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.