The original Print and Drawing Study Room, located in the basement of the University’s Biological Sciences Building, was established by Museums and Collections Services in 1981 to house prints and drawings from the University of Alberta Museums Art Collection.
The vision for the Print and Drawing Study Room was to become an interdisciplinary resource for students from a variety of University departments. It far exceeded that vision so a new Print Study Centre was built at its current location in the Fine Arts Building in 1996. Designed in collaboration with the Department of Art and Design, the Print Study Centre now houses 3,500 works of art on paper. It supports open access research and hosts resources that include an online catalogue, artists files and artists monographs.
The University of Alberta Museums Print Study Centre has been an essential resource in establishing Edmonton and the University of Alberta’s international printmaking reputation. It facilitates first-hand study by faculty, students, scholars, artists, and members of the public who want to examine technique, research artists, or seek inspiration. Twenty years since its creation, the Print Study Centre has become internationally recognized by artists and students as an outstanding open-access facility to view and study works of art on paper.
The Print Study Centre is an incredible resource for printmaking staff and students, allowing them to see and learn from master prints that relate to their studio practice.