Ohio University

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Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking

What you’ll learn

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.


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.

Explore topics like:

  • The figure, persona, ethnicity, identity
  • Bio-narrative, image & alchemy
  • Interactive installation, technology, coding
  • Alternative processes such as digital printing, papermaking, 3-D printing
  • Laser cutting, vinyl cutting
  • Aesthetics, place & space, ecologies
  • The role of design in Printmaking practices, materiality and sustainability
  • Politics, social practice, entrepreneurship
  • Pedagogy and professional practices in Printmaking

Career opportunities

Our students regularly go on to receive Fulbright Awards, national artist-in-residencies, gallery representation, university teaching positions and other types of professional positions in the field as post-graduates. 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.

Areas of focus include:

  • Professional gallery representation; professional studio
  • University teaching positions
  • Artist-in-residencies
  • Fullbright awardees
  • Arts administration/museum and/or non-profit positions
  • Professional printers, merchandisers, web designers
  • Gallery manager, owner, curator
  • Art writer, librarian or consultant
  • Studio assistant

Applying to the program

For application into the M.F.A. in Printmaking, both a Graduate College (online application) as well as School of Art + Design, Printmaking Area application must be received.   

Please adhere to the following check-list in preparing both of these areas of application.  Applications must be postmarked by February 1.

M.F.A. in Printmaking

  • Online Application--through OU Graduate College online application portal at http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply
  • Application Fee--$50 for US Citizens, $55 for International (credit card or electronic check only)
  • Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Reference

Send to:

Graduate College
Research & Tech Building
Room 220
Athens, OH 45701

  • 1 Official Sets of Transcripts

Through the online application service at ouschoolofart.slideroom.com

  • 20 examples of artistic work with Information about each artwork
  • $10 SlideRoom application fee

Note: NO MATERIALS other than your official transcripts should be sent through standard mail. Portfolios on CD or DVD will not be considered.

Connect With Us

All faculty in the Printmaking area are working artists who exhibit actively and serve as visiting artists and lecturers at colleges and galleries across the country. Ohio University and the Printmaking Department are committed to the creation of a diverse community of artist scholars. If you’d like more information about the Printmaking program, please reach out to Professor Art Werger.

Art Werger
Area Chair, Printmaking
(740) 593-4288