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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

To be considered for the M.F.A. in Printmaking program, applicants must create an account and complete the online application listed below, as well as submit documentation of original artwork through a separate site.

Please prepare the following items as part of your application. All information must be uploaded and received by February 1st.

1. Online Application - Within this application you will be required to submit the following:

  • Application Fee--$50 for US Citizens, $55 for International (credit card or electronic check only)
  • Official set of transcripts sent to:
    Graduate College
    Research & Tech Building
    Room 220
    Athens, OH 45701
  • Statement of Intent: This is typically 1-2 pages. Why are you applying for graduate school? Why OU? What are your future goals? Is there any information about your past experience/skills that is not reflected on your resume?
  • Artist Statement: This is typically one page. Tell us about your current research interests, influences, and artwork.
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Reference: Submit the contact information for three references. Our system will automatically send these people a request via email for their submission. Their responses should be submitted by the February 1st deadline.

2. Documentation of original artwork --

  • Submit 20 images or other documentation of recent, original artwork. 
  • All uploads must conform to Slideroom’s parameters. Review these before preparing your files.
  • Along with each artwork, add descriptive text where indicated.
  • Detail slides are acceptable where necessary.
  • A $10 fee is required for Slideroom’s service.
  • This part of the application must also be completed by February 1st.

Note: Except for the official transcripts, NO materials should be sent through standard mail.

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.

Area Chair

Melissa Haviland

(740) 566-6467