Contemporary printmaking has evolved into an interdisciplinary
medium, combining traditional and alternative processes that integrate
print with other studio disciplines, such as painting, fibers,
ceramics, and digital arts. With the recent movement toward non-toxic
materials, digital imaging, and photographic processes, printmaking
remains an exciting and ever-changing field. The Printmaking program
at Bowling Green State University introduces students to a wide range
of techniques and processes with an emphasis on the development of
critical thinking and an individual artistic vision. The program
offers coursework in Relief and Monoprinting, Intaglio, Lithography,
and Screenprinting, all of which include traditional as well as
contemporary practices. Special Topics courses in Bookmaking
supplement the regular curriculum. At the Advanced Prints and Senior
Studio level, students are encouraged to expand their technical
In consultation with an adviser, print students plan an individualized degree program that provides a thorough grounding in a range of print media, with additional advanced level studies in a specialized area of interest. In addition to print courses, students are encouraged to take courses in other studio areas in order to broaden their art-making experience.
Printmaking is housed in several adjacent rooms within the Fine Arts Center:
The Intaglio/Relief room is equipped for wood and linoleum block printing, intaglio work in copper, and monoprinting. It houses two presses (Takach and Charles Brand presses), three acid baths, three hotplates, paper soaking trays, an airbrush and spray booth, aquatint box, assorted-sized rollers, inks and various tools for both relief and intaglio work.
The Lithography/Screenprinting room has two litho presses (Takach and Charles Brand), 25 stones of varying sizes and grades up to 20 X 28", three plate-backing slabs up to 30 X 40", various leather and composition rollers, a graining sink, a hydraulic lift, inks and various tools. For water-based screenprinting, screens, drying racks, inks, and assorted sized squeegees are supplied.
The Printmaking Photo darkroom is comprised of two rooms. One room is equipped with two large light exposure units and a large sink. the other room contains two smaller exposure units for photopolymer plates, a mat cutter, a shrink wrapper, a pressure washer, a washout sink, and an archive of past student work.
A general classroom, shared with the Photography area, is used as a lecture room, clean workroom, and critique area.
The Print Society
All students with an interest in printmaking are encouraged to join this active student club. The Print Society organizes field trips, visiting artist workshops, a booth at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, and various activities related to printmaking. Fundraisers, including T-shirt printing events and print sales, are held several times during the year to support Print Society activities. Funding supports visiting artists and student attendance at national and regional print conferences.
Regional and National Printmaking Associations
There are numerous professional printmaking associations in existence and students are encouraged to join these in order to gain a broader understanding of the world of prints. Two of these are:
Mid-America Print Council, a Midwestern print organization that sponsors a biennial conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a newsletter.
Southern Graphics Council International, a national print organization that sponsors an annual conference of workshops and panel discussions, a members' exhibition, and a journal.
While at BGSU, students develop skills in art-making, visual communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Some of our students go on to use their print expertise in the commercial printing market, within collaborative or contract printing workshops, or in general design fields, but most print students are working to become fine artists. Their main objective is the personal development of imagery and techniques via the print medium, which often leads to further printmaking study at the graduate level.
BGSU Undergraduates in Printmaking have successfully advanced to graduate study at various institutions, including the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Texas, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio University, and Northern Illinois University. Furthermore, our students have successfully competed for assistantships and fellowships at these institutions.