The Printmaking Program at PSU provides a platform for focusing on contemporary art practices while working with traditional and current print processes. The program stresses exploring traditional approaches while encouraging students to push beyond traditional boundaries, such as working digitally, spatially, and/or in an interdisciplinary approach if desired. Traditional processes, contemporary approaches and non-toxic printing methods are investigated. The printmaking program offers a wide range of processes: Etching, Lithography, Serigraphy, Relief, Monotype, Collagraph, Embossing, Letterpress, and Digital Printmaking. The strong history of printmaking is taught in each course; coincidently contemporary artists are researched and discussed. Students are encouraged to explore the vast medium while focusing on developing their own artistic voice. The Art Department’s Visiting Artist program offers printmaking students with multiple viewpoints from nationally working artists and provides students with hands-on demonstrations, critiques, and one-on-one discussions. Strong interactions between faculty and students offer an individualized focus for the student.
The printmaking studio is a well-equipped space on the third floor of the Draper and Maynard building that provides beautiful views of the surrounding White Mountains. The studio offers a “clean” working area with flat file storage; cutting table; paper tearing station; lighted critique boards; general working spaces. A ventilated “dirty” working area includes general working spaces; lithography working space: press, graining sink, hydraulic lift, stones, and printing stations; an etching space: locked acid room with an excellent ventilation system, 3 presses, inking stations, hotplate; letterpress area with three small presses; silkscreen station and sink; ventilated spray booth. The digital space is equipped with an iMac; large Epson printer; laser printer; scanner; digital projector. Students are provided with lockers and flat files within the printmaking studio and 24-hour access to the studio.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Art in Studio Art (Printmaking Concentration)
Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a Printmaking Concentration