About the Printmaking Program

Idea, Ink, Action

Nothing surpasses the beauty of metal type embossed onto soft white paper, or the rich ink produced by an artful aquatint or lithograph. Slow knowledge—that which requires critical thinking, problem-solving, and true hard work—can be deeper and longer lasting than the swift hit of a single key.

The LSU School of Art printmaking program embraces traditional, digital, and new, innovative ways of image making. The school offers concentrations in printmaking for both the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Printmaking students explore and create using a continuum of processes while learning hands-on about the power of print, from its earliest history to its current potential with the application and integration of digital innovation and 3D printing and scanning technologies.

Printmaking students explore advanced avenues of collaboration and expanding art practices while maintaining the integrity of existing traditional practices such as lithography, intaglio, relief, and silkscreen and the art of the book and papermaking. Enthusiastically encouraging diversity in imagery and approaches to the print medium, faculty are committed to fostering intensive exploration and development of each individual’s unique personal vision while striving to offer a perfect marriage of new and historically grounded processes.

Our graduate program consists of a vibrant and diverse community of student artists from across the United States and further abroad. From 1980 to the present, we have been able to support all of our graduate students with assistantships. Graduate students develop strong professional and critical skills through in-depth critiques in advanced coursework and seminar classes.

Visit the admissions area of this site to view more information about the curriculum and to review the selective admissions process. View printmaking student work in the School of Art Portfolios.

Beyond the Studio

Printmaking has a long history of democratic and critical engagement within society. The print is a social agent, an advocate for and a vehicle of human expression and communication. The College of Art & Design’s Paula G. Manship Lecture Series and the School of Art’s visiting artists program bring a dynamic spectrum of visiting artists and critics to campus. The printmaking program and the Print Club, a student-run organization, also sponsor creative workshops and visiting artists. Special projects, exchange portfolios and exhibitions, fieldtrips and study abroad opportunities, including Art in Florence, offer a broad range of practical and inspiring experience, bringing both the art world and larger world perspectives to the learning environments.

Facilities & Equipment

Our program is one of the most comprehensive and best-equipped printmaking programs in the United States. The 10,000-square-foot printmaking area houses facilities for intaglio, lithography, screen printing, book arts, papermaking, digital, and darkroom development. The workspace features a unique opportunity to work on large-scale work, including two 10-feet Takach presses, one for etching, relief, and monoprinting and one for lithography. Additionally, there is a 5 x 10 foot vacuum table in papermaking.

Printmaking equipment and resources also include:


  • Three Takach presses, 49” x 120”, 36” x 42”, and 25½” x 48”
  • Charles Brand press, 36” x 42”
  • Botega press, 25½” x 47”
  • Inking stations with three hot plates
  • Color inking area with 3’ x 4’ glass slabs for color-mixing


  • Three large Takach Garfield presses, one of which has a 4’ x 10’ press bed with plate base
  • 10 stones ranging in size up to 30” x 40”
  • Plate lithography area with separate, ventilated plate-processing space and spray booth
  • Six large-diameter rollers ranging in size from 6” x 16” to 14” x 24”
  • Variety of smaller brayers and rollers
  • Large-format punch registration system
  • Light table, 4’ x 5’
  • Large inking table on casters


  • Darkroom
  • Large, table-type mat cutter
  • Nu Arc vacuum frame exposure unit
  • Cincinnati screen-printing unit, 5’ x 10’
  • Several smaller vacuum table stations
  • Adequate screen-drying and storage areas
  • Epson E9800 and 7500 plotter printers

Book Arts/Papermaking

  • Vandercook SP 20 letterpress, 18” x 24”
  • Vandercook I letterpress, 15” x 22”
  • Tabletop intaglio press, 14” x 24”
  • Tabletop proofing press
  • Light table
  • Eight galley cabinets with galleys
  • Three job banks (composing stations)
  • More than 200 drawers of foundry type
  • An extensive library of type-high blocks with miscellaneous zinc cuts
  • Four Bunting magnetic plate bases with scribed grids