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Printmaking

Our printmaking concentration emphasizes formal and conceptual development through traditional and alternative techniques. Students become proficient in the four fundamental printing processes of intaglio, relief, lithography, and silkscreen.

The curriculum fosters exploration into advanced black and white and color printing processes while providing a working knowledge of the history of printmaking. In addition, students work in alternative printing processes involving photomechanical and computer assessed printmaking applications to expand on traditional techniques and presentations through experimentation with the mark, the matrix, and the multiple.

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with Marais Press — a professional printmaking editioning press located in the Department of Visual Arts. The Marais Press hosts prominent local, regional, national, and international printmakers and artists to collaborate with students in and outside of the printmaking concentration, and to experiment with new and alternative printmaking techniques, processes, and research.

The result of this collaboration is the production of a completed printed edition or body of work, and provides students with hands-on experiences that are marketable in both the collaborative fine art and commercial printing environments. The Printmaking studio, encompassing 3500 square feet, has in the last 12 years benefited from extensive enhancements through Louisiana Board of Regents and UL Lafayette STEP grants facilitating the purchase of over $400,000.00 in equipment. These grants have allowed for the infusion of both the latest computer technologies and the upgrading and addition of printing presses and other equipment creating one of the most well equipped printmaking facilities in the state of Louisiana.

Inventory of Equipment in Printmaking Studio

  • 1 - 34”x60" Charles Brand Lithographic Press
  • 1 - 34”x60" Takach Lithographic Press
  • 2 - 24”x48” Takach Lithographic Press
  • 1 - 36”x60" Charles Brand Etching Press
  • 1 - 36”x60” French Tool Etching Press
  • 1 - 28”x48” French Tool Etching Press
  • 1 - 18”x36” Conrad Etching Press
  • 1 - 28”x48" Sturges Etching Press
  • 1 - 18”x36" Sturges Etching Press
  • 1 - Chalander & Priece Typesetting Press
  • 2 - 48"x72" Cincinnati Silkscreen Presses
  • 2 - 48”x40” AWT Silkscreen Presses
  • 1 - 38” Squeegee Sharpener
  • 1 - 76” x 43" x 43" Wash-out Booth,
  • 1 - AWT UV Silk-Screen Exposing Unit
  • 100 -  Silk-screens Ranging from 16”x20” to 30”x40”
  • 40 - Squeegees Ranging from 8” to 46”
  • 1 - Nu-Arc 40"x48" Exposing Unit
  • 6 - Safety Lights
  • 1 - 2’x6’ Darkroom Sink
  • 6 - Power Macintosh G5’s
  • 6 - Wacom Drawing Monitors
  • 1 - Colortrac 48" Large Format Scanner
  • 1 - AWT Silkscreen Drying Cabinet
  • 1 - Ryont $-Color Silkscreen Press
  • 1 - 30” Paper Hole Punch
  • 1 - Nikon Coolscan 4000 ED Slide Scanner
  • 1 - Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Large Format Printer
  • 3 - Nikon Digital Cameras
  • 4 - PhotoShop CS
  • 5 - Photoshop 6.0
  • 22 - Flat File Cabinets
  • 12 - Surface Rollers Ranging from 8" to 44"wide
  • 1 - Set of Viscosity Rollers 4.25”x18”
  • 1 - Set of Viscosity Rollers 12”x24”
  • 6 - Leather Rollers from 12" to 20”
  • 10 - Hand Brayers Ranging from 1”-12”
  • 1 - 36”x48" Saw Dust Box
  • 2 - 24”x36" Hot Plates
  • 1 - 36”x36" Stainless Steel Sink
  • 1 - 4’ x12’ Graining Sink
  • 1 - Spray Booth
  • 1 - Plate Cutter
  • 2 - Print Drying Racks
  • 1 - NuArc Light Tables
  • 2 - Hydraulic Stone Lifts
  • 100 - Lithographic Stones Ranging in Sizes from 8"x10" up to 24"x36"
  • 2 - 30” x 40" Lithographic Plate Backers
  • 2 - 22” x 40" Lithographic Plate Backers
  • 1 - 24” x 24” Lithographic Plate Backer
  • 2 - 48” x 40” Vertical Etching Tanks