The Printmaking Facilities are excellent facilities and equipment exists for intaglio, lithography, silkscreen and all the photographic processes. Each medium has its own separate workspace: First rate computer clusters are available in the Fine Arts building. Private Studios: We provide an air conditioned studio for each student in the degree program.
In a recent survey of university lithographic workshops, the Indiana Print Workshop ranked highest in all categories: facilities, equipment and faculty. The graduate studio offers a well-designed working area with three presses: two 36″ x 60″ Brand and a large 33″ x 48″ Takach. The stone inventory numbers well over 100 with 24 of the stones measuring 30″ x 40″. There are large flying tympans and a full selection of rollers sized to process these stones. Aluminum plates are processed and printed on a special 30″ x 40″ base. 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.
The intalgio studio is contiguous with the lithography studio, but is an entirely separate facility geared towards the production of oversized works. There is a separate, well-ventilated room for cleaning plates and for the application of soft and hard grounds which are made in the shop. There is a separate large acid room. There are four presses in the graduate intaglio shop, including the largest size Brand, a 30″ x 60″ custom-built Dameco press, a large American-French press and a Takach-Garfield intaglio press.
In the spacious screen shop, the main area is used for printing, paper and screen storage. The facilities include both manual and vacuum printing stations, with drying racks of various sizes. The space and equipment is designed for working in large format. The silkscreen 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. The program has now been totally converted to these methods. If working with solvents is required, provisions are made on an individual basis. Also, in the silkscreen area is the area for photomechanical processes.
The photographic facilities within the printmaking area accommodate all aspects of our program as well as the diverse interests of students throughout the school. A full range of equipment, with the capacity to handle the larger formats, is available for all of the photo-processes: a new NUARC state-of-the-art metal halide platemaker (44″ x 55″) for intaglio and lithography, a Polylite screen exposing unit (64″ x 70″), light and line-up tables. There is a separate area for coating, drying and storing photosensitive materials, which is also used for non-silver photography. Contiguous to this area is a fully equipped darkroom with two 4″ x 5″ enlargers, vacuum frames, and a variety of contact screens.