Bailey Sell - Printmaking
Meredith Honkanen - Printmaking
Shellaine Kelley - Printmaking
James Broe - Printmaking
Esmeralda Reyes - Printmaking
Michelle Facer - Printmaking
Matthew Goodall - Printmaking
Regina Masterson - Printmaking
Eleana Gray - Printmaking
Dayna Walton - Printmaking
Alison Palmateer - Printmaking
Kimberly Mills - Printmaking
The Printmaking program nurtures both conceptual and technical growth in student work and fosters a more complex and intense experience as students matriculate through the program. The introductory level course focuses on the fundamentals of printmaking, and successive courses build on those skills both conceptually and technically. Craft and understanding of aesthetics unique to printmaking are emphasized as students’ progress through the curriculum. Students learn studio, research, and intellectual skills necessary to create conceptually rich and technically appropriate and proficient works of art.
Students gain a working knowledge of the history of printmaking to contemporary trends. Work culminates in a senior thesis exhibition that demonstrates a conceptually cohesive and technically appropriate body of work, and students are able to verbally demonstrate an understanding of the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which they create and exhibit.
The BFA thesis exhibition is the culmination of each student’s art experience at KCAD, and is accompanied by an oral presentation and a written artist’s statement. Work for the exhibition must receive the approval of three faculty members who comprise the BFA critique committee, which is responsible for conducting the final critique of the BFA thesis exhibition. This final critique is open to all interested students and faculty. The BFA thesis exhibition functions as both a competitive portfolio of work for the student and a showcase of talent for the college.
As a student in the Printmaking program, you’ll gain a broad knowledge of both traditional and contemporary printmaking studio practices. You’ll learn time-honored techniques such as intaglio, relief printing, lithography, and papermaking as you explore more experimental processes incorporating digital technology, installation, and transdisciplinary creative practice. As you investigate multiple approaches to art-making, you’ll also study the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which works of art are created and exhibited.
You’ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education and art history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.
The Printmaking program facilitates a deep exploration of technique and concept that will sharpen your creative problem-solving skills. Through critiques and faculty reviews, you’ll come to understand your strengths and weaknesses in order to solidify your aesthetic direction and spur your technical and conceptual growth. Learning experiences become more complex and intense as you progress through the program while also encouraging you to take risks and challenge yourself. You’ll build the studio, intellectual, and research skills necessary to create conceptually rich and technically proficient works of art.
Ultimately, you’ll develop a cohesive and competitive portfolio of work that reflects your voice, and you’ll learn to support it through focused instruction in oral and written communication, emerging prepared to both create and articulate broader dialogues about your process and your creative practice.
As a Printmaking student, you’ll be involved not only in the making of your own work, but in a vibrant creative community as well, both within the highly collaborative environment of the Printmaking studio and in the greater Grand Rapids arts community and the national printmaking community. At KCAD, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to be involved, inspired, and inspiring.
As a graduate of the Printmaking program, you’ll be well-positioned to pursue a career as a professional artist, either independently or with gallery representation. Many Printmaking graduates chose to further develop their skills by pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree or by seeking opportunities such as artist residencies or grant-funded projects. Possible careers include:
- Professional Artist
- Museum Preparator
- Archivist/Collections Manager
- Art Director
- Gallery Owner
- Master Printer
As a Printmaking student, you’ll have access to well-appointed communal studio facilities that support a comprehensive approach to art making. You’ll be able to use tools include etching presses, lithography presses, screenprinting presses and equipment, papermaking equipment, and more. You’ll also have access to private personal studio spaces and public exhibition spaces equipped with expansive display walls and track-lighting.
Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have access to KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals; and much more.
KCAD also offers a number of summer travel/study experiences as well as internships during the academic year and the summer. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue work in a variety of settings, such as professional fine art printmaking studios, museums, and community arts organizations, to name a few.
As a graduate of the Printmaking program, you’ll be prepared to engage in a rich, fulfilling practice of creating culturally significant and meaningful works of art. The versatile set of creative, critical thinking, and communication skills you’ll develop will also open up a number of other career options in art-related fields.
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