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I have worked for Graphic Chemical & Ink Company since 1968 - with a brief hiatus(almost 4 years) to travel the World courtesy of my uncle. Sadly it turns out it was my Uncle Sam, and I wasn't too thrilled about the places that he chose to send me. My wife and I have run Graphic Chemical for many years, and have enjoyed the travel that comes with the position. We get to meet our customers (and the occasional vendor) from all over the World

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


At the request of our friends at Ohio University in Athens, OH:


The Graduate Printmaking Program at Ohio University usually has between 8 -12 graduate students, as part of approximately 55 - 75 total within all disciplines in the School of Art. Students have the opportunity to work with 30 full-time artists/professors and a considerable number of visiting artists to OU. The faculty/printmakers are comprised of five active artists working in a variety of media: Art Werger, Melissa Haviland, Mary Manusos, Robert Lazuka and Karla Hackenmiller. Facilities in Seigfred Hall include separate studio spaces for etching, lithography, serigraphy, papermaking, photo processes, and digital. Among the shop equipment are four etching presses, three litho presses, a large-scale relief press, large format digital printers, and a Hollander-style beater. The School also has a woodshop available to all students with a well-versed technician for student projects. We have a great relationship with a new, leading-edge facility on campus - the Aesthetic Technology Lab ( where our students have access to state of the art digital equipment including a 3-D Motion Capture suit, green screen, 42" digital printer and 42" plotter, 3-D Scanner, and high-end software programs. The School of Interior Architecture will soon be integrated into the School of Art, which will also provide extended possibilities for students.

Our graduates have personal space next to the printshops and also have the opportunity to apply for an individual studio at the Ridges complex, about a mile away from Seigfred Hall. Within this complex is the new ³PrintSpace² ­ a shop reserved for grads and art faculty. Next to this facility is the Kennedy Museum of Art (, which has a well-regarded print collection and rotating exhibitions. The School of Art maintains three galleries on campus and has ties to additional space at Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville. We have regular visiting artists (within Printmaking, as well as in the School); and the printmakers, as a group, attend the Southern Graphics Council and Mid America Print Council conferences each year. In the fall of 2008 our graduates presented a panel presentation at MAPC in Fargo; and in 2006, our program hosted a successful MAPC conference in Athens. In the spring of 2010 we will present our third "Inkahoots" event, a large outdoor printing activity on campus that involves visiting artists as well as the local community.

While we hold traditional printing in high regard, we allow our grad students a great deal of flexibility in the materials and processes that they use to create their work. Our current grads are working in various media, including three-dimensional handmade paper pieces, installation, mixed media print & drawing collage, video, and painting -- in addition to more traditional methods in intaglio, litho, screen, monotype and relief.
The School of Art encourages experimentation, research and collaboration across disciplines. Students can also earn academic credit through Service Learning opportunities in the community; and also through our Travel Abroad programs in Great Britain, Hungary and Italy.

This is a three-year MFA program during which graduates take a variety of studio, art history, and theory courses in the first two years. The third year is the "Thesis Year", and involves independent, focused studio work without regular coursework obligations. This work culminates in a Thesis Exhibition. To get to this point, the student must pass through a series of rigorous reviews by their graduate committee, beginning in the second quarter of their first year. We have scholarship and assistantship money available on a competitive basis. Currently all of our Print Grads have a full tuition waiver and are receiving full or half stipend funding. Our TA's usually gain teaching experience in both Foundations and Printmaking classes during the second and third years of the their program.

We invite interested applicants to schedule a visit to our Program to meet the faculty and current grads, as well as to see the facilities. Please take a look at our website:,
and feel free to contact us for any questions that you might have.

athens, ohio 45701


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