Overview of Printmaking at UofA

The Department of Art and Design’s Printmaking Area is internationally recognized for its innovative teaching and creative research practices. It is supported by active, award winning professors, staff and technicians, who have exhibited their work in renowned museums, universities and cultural institutions around the world.

The basic areas of printmaking include relief, intaglio/etching, silkscreen, lithography and digital media. These printing processes provide artists with the opportunity to explore a wide array of graphic languages, work indirectly on images through a variety of materials including wood and metal, layer imagery, and combine drawing with photographic and digital imagery.  Creatively printmaking is an extremely fluid and dynamic medium that enables artists to work across a wide range of sensibilities and technical processes that encompass drawing, design, illustration, photography, digital media, book arts, as well as to explore ideas in inter-media, sculpture and installation. As a department we respect the traditions and foundation of Printmaking whilst fostering a desire to see it grow and evolve.

The faculty and staff within the Printmaking Area are all very active studio artists, who have built strong connections to an array of international printmaking and contemporary art communities. The creative research focus of faculty and staff include examining the ethical, philosophical and social impacts of new biomedical technologies on society, as well as the complex issues related to environment/ecology stewardship. The impact of this creative research can be seen in the long list of exhibitions featuring work of faculty in the Printmaking Area including prominent venues such as: The Chelsea Art Museum, New York; UQAM Gallery, Montreal; MassMOCA, Massachusetts, The Royal Academy, London. Faculty are also represented in prominent institutional collections including the Canada Council for the Arts, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK, Victoria Albert Museum, London, U.K, Knoxville Museum of Art, The Wellcome Trust, London. Much of this creative research has been supported by provincial and federal funding agencies including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts,Social Science Research Council of Canada, and The Canadian Stem Cell Network, which has further contributed to the area national and international profile, as well as provided graduate students with additional research and funding opportunities.

The Printmaking area has a large and very well equipped studio with facilities and equipment for all major printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, letterpress, and digital media. Artists can work in a wide range of techniques that include traditional, photographic and digital processes. The studio is also equipped to support large-scale work with wide format presses, printers, and exposure units. Graduate students have a separate printmaking studio that includes individual studio/office space, as well as access to large open studio for experimental work in drawing, sculpture, installation, and inter-media.