Printmaking | Art & Design | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts



printmakingPrintmaking is a nexus, an intersecting point where all other disciplines of visual art may be investigated in tandem, where the fields of art and design converge, and where the past, present, and future of visual expression are simultaneously at play. Printmaking is rich with traditions and histories that are intertwined with the development of communication and culture. These same threads remain woven into the mesh of contemporary society and printmaking is a medium ripe with possibilities and potential for innovation within contemporary art.

SIU’s Printmaking program encourages experimentation, cross-disciplinary approaches, and hybrid processes, as well as an engagement of print within the larger arena of creative research and production. The program maintains an expansive and inclusive stance in educating artists, embracing new technologies as well as established techniques and conceptual contexts. As a result, our students acquire a critical awareness of the problems and possibilities for investigating, thinking, and problem solving in the 21st century. printmaking2

The Printmaking area features numerous study options with facilities and equipment for a wide array of techniques including etching, lithography, silkscreen, relief, monoprint, collagraph, and papermaking, as well as significant digital capabilities. This range of curriculum allows students to gain skill and mastery of emerging technology as well as traditional techniques in the field of printmaking, equipping them with the tools necessary for a successful professional art practice and the capabilities to direct their own practice.

Learn more about our undergraduate program here.



Printmaking studios are housed on the second floor of the Allyn Building. Studio spaces for graduate and advanced undergraduate students are in the Glove Factory.



40” X 60” Griffin etching press; 30” X 60” Sturges etching press; 40” X 80” Takach litho press; 32” X 60” P-K litho press; large inventory of litho stones; 44” wide Epson 9880 inkjet printer; multiple Mac computing stations dedicated to Printmaking; 36” X 48” AmerGraph exposure unit; multiple vacuum table screen printing stations; Two-pound Lee Scott McDonald paper beater; multiple letterpress proofing presses; wood and metal type collections.

Graduate Gallery:

2D (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking)

The work pictured here is only a small sampling of the outstanding work of our graduate students in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.


Master of Fine Arts in Art with Emphasis in Printmaking
The Master of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in Printmaking offers students a comprehensive education that helps prepare them for careers as professional artists. The program has two major goals: 1) for students to learn the skills, creativity, critical awareness, and autonomy necessary for being a professional artist, while simultaneously, 2) gaining the skills and experience necessary to teach art at the college level.  Students must be able to demonstrate a high level of ability in their area of emphasis, present a professional-level body of original artwork which reflects their ability to investigate concepts, issues and processes relevant to their studio practice, and be able to discuss this work critically.  Students supplement their studio practice through graduate assistantships when possible, using them to complement and enhance their skills, understanding, and ability to communicate art issues.  The outcome is that students are able to pursue a professional art career by exhibiting their work in appropriate venues, as well as pursuing grants and artist residencies and garnering critical acclaim for their work in the press.  They are prepared to teach art at the college level in term or tenure-track positions as well as find other professional opportunities in a variety of cultural venues. 

printmaking4Generally speaking, the Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing areas of emphasis, work together as a whole at the graduate level, and are colloquially known as the “2D area.”  Painting and Drawing are mostly considered to be functionally the same thing at the graduate level, with Printmaking retaining its own identity to a greater degree due to the need for its separate facilities and technical requirements. The MFA Degrees with emphasis in Printmaking, in Painting, and in Drawing are integrated and inclusive, situating the student's experience within a studio dynamic that broadly investigates the combined and collaborative potential of these studio areas.  Students are simultaneously encouraged to explore the relationship of their subject area to other disciplines and media possibilities within the resources of the School.  Through a process of practical and intellectual engagements, students are encouraged to devise individualized strategies to develop and inform their own work in relation to the broader spectrum of contemporary professional practice.  The faculty consequently places considerable emphasis on the opportunity for students to encounter a range of ideas, attitudes, and approaches that are necessary to this development, all of which are further enhanced by a program of visiting artists and relevant critical and historical contextualization.

A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for the Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in art.

Primary Studio emphasis: 26 hours
Art History or related subjects: 12 hours
Studio Electives (may be within specialization): 9 credit hours
Thesis or terminal project work: 6 hours
Other Electives: The remaining 7 credit hours may be elected from any area within the School of Art & Design or from the University at large.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking Specialization
The undergraduate major in Printmaking can be accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

Total Degree Requirements: 120 credits
University Core Curriculum: 32 credits
(3 covered by AD 100A or B, 6 by AD 207A, B, or C Introduction to Art History),
Art and Design Requirements: 88 credits