The Kansas State University Graduate Printmaking Department provides printmakers access to both traditional and contemporary methods of image making. K-State printmaking is built upon a rich history of print appreciation, imaginative drawing, and technical mastery of print media. Various methods of Intaglio (etching), Relief (woodcut), Monotype, Lithography, Serigraphy (Silkscreen), and Photographic processes are open for exploration by printmakers in their quest for creative, personal expression.
The KSU Printmaking Department inhabits 2500 sq. feet of the third floor in the Art Department. Graduate students accepted in Printmaking are awarded there own private studio, flat file storage, and 24-hour access to all KSU printmaking facilities.
Admissions and Acceptance:
KSU historically attracts graduate printmaking students who are mature, independent, and self motivated, with a passion for discovery through a print process. Students are selected on the basis of educational preparation, artistic promise and potential. Our program emphasizes the importance of individual artists/printmakers and their individual talents and strengths. We intentionally maintain a small graduate program of 1 -3 students who work closely with our Printmaking faculty.
The KSU Pussycat Press:
Kansas State University is also home to the Pussycat Press. Established in 2008, the Pussycat Press is society of printmaking graduates, undergraduates, and faculty who share a passion for all things print. The Pussycat Press hosts visiting artists workshops (see printmaking visiting artists), holds fundraisers and community events, organizes print exchanges, and takes annual trips to Printmaking Conferences and Museums.
Visiting Artist Program:
The Kansas State University Printmaking Department consistently hosts a range of national and internationally recognized printmakers for lectures and printmaking demonstrations. Graduate students have the unique opportunity to get to know these artists and work with them in a studio environment.
Visiting Artists in Printmaking have included:
Karen Kunc, Robert Rivers, John Dowell, Sean Starwars, Thomas Lyon Mills, Nathanial Stern, Warrington Colescott. and Drive By Press
2008 Takach 48 x 96” Large format intaglio press
American French Tool 36 x 60” Medium format intaglio press
Sturges 28 x 48” Intaglio Press
Takach 34 x 60” Lithography Press
Graphic 30 x 48” Lithography Press
Conrad Professional Hotplate 24 x 36”
Nuarc Fliptop Platemaker 18 x 24” (Photo intaglio and Photolithography)
Nuarc Digital Platemaker (Photo intaglio and Photolithography)
Large Format Screen-printing exposure unit
29 x 42” Large Format Etching Baths
Reciprocating Flex shaft Power Chisels and Rotary Carvers
2 Large-scale drying racks
Extensive color relief and lithography ink inventory
10 professional Takach Brayers (various sizes and durometers)
2 fully equipped Screen Printing Stations
IMAC Computer Station with Adobe Master Collection
G5 Mac Computer Station
Digital Opaque Projector
Epson Perfection v300 scanner