Particular attention is given to developing personal imagery, while providing a solid foundation in the techniques of lithography and intaglio. Computer-mediated images, monoprinting, relief, silk-screen, and alternative printing processes are all integral to the curriculum. This program provides a cohesive offering of courses that focus upon the students’ visual expression through their examination of formal issues, media exploration, relevant histories, contemporary critical discourse, and diverse approaches to problem solving.
The visiting artist and collaborative print programs are exciting components of the department, where nationally recognized artists work with us to produce limited edition prints. Whatever the occupation may be (arts administrators, master printers for galleries or museums, educators, or even non-art related professions), the printmaking program is dedicated to preparing students for life as practicing, professional artists.
The program has a national reputation as a leader in the field of contemporary printmaking. The School of Art and Design hosted the 24th Southern Graphics Council Conference, the largest gathering of printmaking professionals in North America, with an attendance of more than seven hundred. The scope of the critical dialogue and studio activity was a reflection of the philosophy of our print program to extend the definition of printmaking into a broader discussion.