MFA PRINTMAKING at Illinois State University
MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE IN
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Printmaking at Illinois State University (ISU) is a professional degree program consisting of sixty hours and it emphasizes both theory and practice in the production, history, and teaching of the visual arts. Participation in internship or apprenticeship experience is expected, and the exhibition and demonstration of the student’s competency and intellectual maturity are requirements for graduation. A written project and an oral examination of the intellectual implications of the candidate’s work are also required.
A typical program of sixty hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree will include courses in the studio arts, art history, internship / apprenticeship, electives and culminating experience (comprehensive exhibition of studio work, oral examination, and written project).
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate artistic proficiency in printmaking as they are encouraged to explore conceptual directions in the other media. In addition to the students’ concentration in printmaking, a broad range of technical and aesthetic criticism is provided by faculty members in the two-dimensional area of the
The printmaking faculty is committed to individual artistic development and we direct our teaching methodology toward nurturing artists who learn to explore personal experiences, studies, and directions in their work. The faculty believes in providing a facility, an environment, and experiences that will encourage the student’s artistic development. The faculty strives to maintain a professional atmosphere in the organization and maintenance of the studios.
Visiting artists with diverse artistic backgrounds interact with the students through individual and group critiques, lectures, demonstrations, publishing, and research print projects. Visiting artist programs provide continuing interchange between the disciplines in the
The intaglio studio is approximately 2,500 square feet in size. There are a 36" × 62" Brand etching press, a 16" × 30" Brand etching press, a 25" × 48" Takach etching press, an 18" × 36" Takach etching press, and a 43" × 84" Takach etching press. There are complete etching and aquatint facilities, adequate storage, and several glass-covered printing stations built into the shop. Substantial space and equipment, including a good selection of large rollers, are provided for experimental work as well as traditional approaches. The studio is equipped for copper and zinc etching, photo etching (using solar plates and Image-on film), monotype, and relief printing.
The lithography studio is approximately 2,500 square feet in size. There are a 36" × 60" Brand lithography press and two 34" × 60" Takach lithography presses, all with counter-weighted tympans for proofing and editioning. There are nearly two hundred lithographic stones available, ranging in sizes from 9" × 12" to 30" × 40". There is a 4' × 18' graining sink and six levigators. There are two stone / aluminum plate processing tables in the press room and another in the ventilation / exposure room. There are small and large diameter rollers, leather rollers, lightweight Takach platebases (30" × 40") and a wide variety of color inks available. Negative and positive working photo-litho plates are used. There is a special room for ventilating fumes during processing, which also includes an enlarger and a 33" × 42 ½" Nu Arc vacuum frame.
There is a complete letterpress facility with an electric Vandercook press, housed in its own room for student use. It is capable of printing 18" × 24" with type in a variety of styles and sizes available. The print area is currently developing its own computer facility and has an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer (which accommodates paper 17” wide) and an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner (with a 12” X 17” bed) for graduate use. There is an additional computer facility just down the hall, which includes state of the art computers and software. There are black and white and color printers, 11" × 17".
The gallery space in the
There are other opportunities to exhibit in the community as well. The
There are numerous major universities in the area.
NORMAL EDITIONS WORKSHOP:
PUBLISHING AND RESEARCH IN PRINTMAKING
The Normal Editions Workshop (NEW) is a non-profit printmaking workshop and research facility founded in
1. provides students an opportunity to work with and observe visiting artists within a professional workshop situation;
2. provides works of art for study collections and traveling exhibitions to promote visual dialogue among a variety of audiences;
3. provides custom printing services for artists throughout the United States (Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, Arturo Herrera, Julia Fish, Sidney Goodman, Keith Jacobshagen, Donald Lipski, Dennis Oppenheim, Richard Rezac, John Himmelfarb, Hector Duarte, Rodney Carswell, and others);
4. provides advanced printmaking students the opportunity to participate in the NEW special projects class in addition to the Graduate Assistantship for NEW.
NEW has a 34" × 60" Takach motorized lithography press, preparation and printing areas, office space, print storage files, and a general work area.
NEW staff and student interns assist with the organization of the printmaking area’s annual print sale and exhibition, which includes prints by students and faculty in the
CURRENT FACULTY AND STAFF
Richard D. Finch, Professor of Art (teaches drawing) and Director of NEW
National Endowment for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship (1983-84)
Veda Rives, Associate Director of NEW
Sarah Smelser, Associate Professor of Art (teaches intaglio)
Mid-America Print Council President (2006-08)
Tim Van Ginkel, Visiting Assistant Professor (teaches lithography)
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, WORK STUDIES, AND TUITION WAIVERS
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in the printmaking area and in other areas of the
Scholarships and talent grants in the
Applicants should contact the
Address correspondence to:
Telephone (309) 438-2583
Specific inquiries related to the MFA in printmaking can be directed to:
Richard D. Finch (309) 438-7530 firstname.lastname@example.org
Veda Rives (309) 438-7530 email@example.com
Sarah Smelser (309) 438-8535 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Van Ginkel (309) 438-7837 email@example.com