Faculty: Susan Groce, Professor of Art; Susan Camp, Assistant Professor of Art
Technician: Christina Wentworth
The University of Maine, Department of Art offers both the Liberal Arts based B.A. degree in Studio Art and the B.F.A. degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking.
The Printmaking program at the University of Maine, currently housed in historic Carnegie Hall, embraces environmental responsibility and personal safety in the studio. We have been devoted to investigating and using safer, less toxic print media since 1995.
Coursework within the program is guided by conceptual exploration and development of technical aptitude. A fully equipped Intaglio area anchors our facility, where we test and employ a variety of acrylic based grounds and photopolymer films. Complementing our etching area is a lithography area devoted to polyester plate processes with option for some metal plate work. Course work and facilities include relief printing (linoleum and wood block), collagraph, water-based screen-printing, digital media, book arts and type setting, monoprinting, ephemeral printmaking and integration of print media with installation, sculptural and interdisciplinary practice. Our program welcomes educational exchange, innovation in technique, and emerging technologies that push the parameters of printmaking.
We are currently in the design phase for the renovation of Stewart Hall, which will house a new state of the art ‘green’ print facility and open access print studio. Our new facility will bring together Print, Digital, and Photography and will be housed side by side with The New Media Innovation, Research, and Development Center at UMaine. The target move in date is Fall 2012.