Devoted to developing diverse and exceptional artist printmakers, the printmaking department's mission is to create an environment promoting critical dialogues that investigate contemporary art issues as well as the process of creating art. Undergraduate students become proficient in traditional and alternative print practices. The graduate program develops students who are competitive in educational and professional printmaking fields.
The department is committed to encouraging self-exploration as artists and experimentation within the mediums of lithography, screen printing, relief printing, intaglio, digital printmaking, and paper making. Students often investigate mixed media, incorporating graphic design and photographic elements in their work. The printmaking faculty has a strong commitment to providing one-on-one instruction to its graduate and undergraduate students, creating collegial and mentoring relationships.
In addition, the Kennedy Museum of Art's extensive collection of modern prints is an important learning tool for Ohio University's printmakers to study about print technique and major movements in art.
The Ohio University printmaking department has successfully assisted undergraduate and graduate students in obtaining internships and work as professional printers in such well known studios as Cone Editions, Echo Press, Landfall Press, Nexus Press, Tyler Graphics, ULAE, Vermilion Press, and Women's Studio Workshop.
Seigfred Hall dedicates the entire second floor to the arts of printmaking and photography. The print area is comprised of individual studios for each of the major traditional print media. Also available are the equipment for photographic applications in all print media, and a state-of-the-art computer facility specifically tailored to the needs of contemporary print artists. Each year the printmaking majors and faculty work in concert with a visiting artist to produce new prints to add to the Trisolini Print Collection.