SOFA

Facilities



The IU Printmaking Workshop is located in its own 12,000+ square foot space providing state-of-the-art print workshops and equipment in all areas both traditional and digital. Each major area, intaglio/relief, lithography, and screen-printing has their own separate workshop; spaces are contiguous so that students and equipment can move freely from one area to another.  The workshops are designed so students can work on large formats in any print media or combination thereof.


Shop Blueprint

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Lithography

The litho workshop offers a 750 square foot well-designed working area with three presses: one 36" x 60" Charles Brand and two large 33" x 48" Takach presses. The stone inventory numbers well over 100 with 24 of the stones measuring 30" x 40". The studio is well equipped to process 30” x 44"  aluminum  ball-grain and photo-lithographic plates . To accompany these large printing surfaces we offer a wide range of roller sizes some as large as one foot in diameter. The facilities include a separate graining room and hydraulic lifts to shuttle the stones. A drying rack for oversized prints elevates to keep the work area open. Our large format digital printers and photo-lithographic processes enable us to take full advantage of digital print media to enhance the lithographic printed image and assist in the printing process.

  • Two Takach lithography presses
  • Massive lithographic stone library
  • Large graining sink area
  • Convenient stone storage racks
  • Large assortment of premium color rollers small to large

Intaglio

The Intaglio shop consists of approximately 1000 square feet for printing and working on plates with adjacent dedicated  rooms for acid, grounds, a spray booth-room, plus separate  spaces for our large fully vented 30 x 36” aquatint box and paper soaking and preparation.  Within the large workroom we have four intaglio presses including a 40 x 70” bed French Tool press. There are  two complete black and white ventillated inking stations with 36 x 28”thermostatically controlled hot plates that accommodate 2-4 people printing. The color area has built in glass counters that are also vented  plus one moveable glass table for large roller work.

The dedicated acid room has 3- 30 x 40” custom made  horizontal tanks and 3 large vertical tanks for ferric chloride, the largest of which can accommodate 30 x 40” copper. New this year is a 20" x 24" x 3" steel facing tank for reinforcing drypoints and for printing in light colors. We also have a new metal 70x 80 Olec metal halide exposing unit for all intaglio and litho related photo processes in a separate area. 

We share a yellow light room with screen printing for Image-on and other light sensitive proceeses.  The large format redlight darkroom, computer room and digital printers are described below are shared by all the print media.

  • Intaglio Shop
    Intaglio Shop
  • Intaglio Shop
    Intaglio Shop
  • Grounds Room
    Intaglio Shop
  • Acid Room
    Intaglio Shop

Silkscreen

In the 3000 sq.ft. screen shop, the main area is used for printing, and includes12 vacuum printing stations, 2 light tables, ink -mixing area, exposing unit (see below); back-lit washout room with high pressure spray-cleaning units; wide variety of large and small shop screens. The screen-printing program is proud to have been in the vanguard of shops that have successfully utilized water-based inks and an otherwise basically non-toxic technology since 1979.   If working with solvents is required, provisions are made on an individual basis.

  • Silkscreen Shop
    Rachel Baxter
  • Silkscreen Shop
    Rachel Baxter
  • Silkscreen Shop
    Rachel Baxter
  • Washout Room
    Rachel Baxter
  • Washout Booths
    Rachel Baxter
  • Vertical Light Exposure Unit
    Rachel Baxter

Print Archive

Over 3500 prints completed by graduate students from 1963- present are used for teaching and exhibition purposes.

  • Print Archive
    Rachel Baxter