The program of printmakers consists of individual teaching and criticism from Professor Dennis Olsen and Professor Kent Rush. Professor Olsen is currently working with 3-D and 2-D computer imaging using Silicon Graphics Scworkstations and Macintosh applications and producing prits by Iris Ink Jet, waterless lithography and Solar plate intaglio methods. Other specialties include colored pencil drawing and painting. Professor Kent Rush is currently working in large scale photographs and collotype printing. He is a specialist in black and white and color lithography: plate, stone and waterless, photo application (darkroom and computer) for printmaking and alternate and non-silver photo processes.
Students in printmaking are exposed to the following techniques:
- Intaglio-all aspects including multi-plate color, zinc and copper, collagraph and photopolymer.
- Lithography – all aspects including stone and plate up to 24×36” and waterless (photo).
- Relief – woodcut, linoleum, sintra, collagraph up to 38×60”.
- Collotype, Letterpress, Monoprint – watercolor and oil based, computer generated and altered images.
The printmaking facilities are spacious, the studio is about 36000 sq.ft. with three Takach litho presses, two Charles Brand and one (40×70”) American French Tool etching presses and a Challenge letterpress.
The stone library consists of about 50-60 stones. The acid room has two sinks to accommodate zinc and copper plate etching. Each etching press has a separate hotplate and inking area and a large aquatint box is housed in its own area.
The print room has ample paper drawer space for all students. There is also a photoplate exposure unit and an area for photoplate preparation.
Horizontal, slotted hood ventilation is used in the acid room and the processing area of the litho section. There is an emergency shower and eyewash station located in the acid room.
There is a two person darkroom for the making of enlarged negatives for photo printmaking.
Image: Advanced Printmaking, Cyanotype