Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MFA Programs

Hey Printmaking People - just want to let you know that Syracuse University is now offering a 2-year MFA program in Printmaking. In addition to our long-standing 3-year MFA program, students will now have the opportunity to complete the degree in 2 years, if they should choose. Please pass the word on to any of your students or former students who are looking for a dynamite 2-year OR 3-year experience. Thanks!

Here is a link to apply:

Thanks for your help!



Dusty Herbig
Syracuse University, School of Art
Associate Professor-Printmaking - Program Coordinator
Comstock Art Facility
1075 Comstock Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

2-year Master of Arts Program in Printmaking at MSU Mankato

MSU Mankato offers a two-year MA program that can be great stepping-stone toward your MFA, as well as an opportunity to gain teaching experience. There are graduate assistantships with stipends available. It would be great to have a printmaker for Fall 2015. Let me know if anyone is interested, wants to visit the shop, and or, has any questions ASAP. (  For Consideration, applications need to be submitted before March 23rd.

Illinois State University faculty and staff are working hard at recruiting graduate applications and had a good pool of graduate printmaking applicants this year.  However, we find ourselves without an incoming graduate for the fall 2015 semester.  One school had a better assistantship, another had a larger program, another had a smaller program or was in a better place – we have all dealt with the many reasons why an applicant might pick one graduate school over another.
In the hope that we may still find the right person for our program, we are contacting you.  Perhaps you have a student who missed application deadlines, or for whatever reason, did not apply to graduate programs but is ready.
Illinois State University offers a full tuition waiver, a studio space, and a 20 hr/week assistantship with a stipend for all six semesters of this three-year MFA program.  The 20 hrs/week is divided between the lithography area, the intaglio area, and/or Normal Editions Workshop.  Students assist in the classroom, maintain facilities, and learn collaborative print skills with visiting artists.  Students may also teach their own course if they prove willing and capable.
For information about our program, facilities, and faculty, please consult the attached document.  You may also visit our website and our facebook page:  
Inquiries are welcome and applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please contact us with information regarding potential applicants.


Sarah Smelser, Associate Professor, Intaglio
Morgan Price, Assistant Professor, Lithography
Veda Rives, Interim Director, Normal Editions Workshop


The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Printmaking at Illinois State University (ISU) is a professional degree program emphasizing both theory and practice in the production, history, and teaching of the visual arts.  Sixty credit hours of study are divided between courses in studio arts, art history, internships/apprenticeships, and electives.  Required printmaking classes include upper level courses in Intaglio (Art 345), Lithography (Art 346), Advanced Printmaking (Art 347), and independent studies (Art 444).  The program culminates in a comprehensive exhibition, an oral examination, and a written thesis.

MFA candidates in printmaking will be expected to demonstrate artistic proficiency in printmaking and are encouraged to explore conceptual directions in other media.  While Lithography and Intaglio are significant components of the printmaking program, the faculty teach, support, and critique many other printmaking techniques such as relief, monotype, and collagraph.   The MFA program at ISU encourages interdisciplinary explorations and students frequently explore sculpture, performance, and instillation as part of their printmaking studies.  Along with involvement with faculty and staff from ISU, graduate students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists through the Visiting Artist Seminar, individual and group critiques, lectures, demonstrations, and print publishing projects.

Printmaking features two classroom/workshop spaces of approximately 2,500 square feet each.  Some of the available resources include: five etching presses of different sizes, three lithography presses with mobile ventilation units, vented copper etching facilities, multiple exposure units for photo-lithographic and intaglio applications, a scanner and large-scale digital printer, vented u-v free room, and letterpress equipment including an electric Vandercook press.

Private studio space is provided in the grad house, an off-campus facility with shared critique/installation spaces and a small wood shop.  Graduate students have 24-hour access to the grad house and the art building/print shops.

Normal Editions Workshop
Normal Editions Workshop (NEW) is a non-profit printmaking workshop and research facility founded in Illinois State University in 1976. This is an enrichment program for the education of students and augments the educational goals of the University.  NEW provides opportunities to work with and observe visiting artists within a professional workshop situation, works of art for study collections and traveling exhibitions, publishing and contract printing services for professional artists.  Students also have opportunities to participate in the NEW special projects class, and assist in the printmaking area’s annual sale and exhibition.  NEW has a  motorized lithography press, preparation and printing areas, office space, print storage files, and a general work area.

Current Faculty and Staff
Sarah Smelser, Associate Professor of Art
MFA, University of Iowa, 1997
MA, University of Iowa, 1996
Mid-America Print Council President (2006-08)
Morgan Price, Assistant Professor
MFA, Wichita State University, 2005
BFA, University of Denver, 2001
Mid-America Print Council Vice-President (2014- present)
Veda Rives, Interim Director of NEW
MA, Illinois State University, 1992
BFA, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1981
Co-Director Program Grants: Illinois Arts Council (1997-present)

Financial Assistance
Graduate students in printmaking receive Graduate Assistantships that include tuition waivers, a monthly stipend of approximately $850/month, and a work expectation of twenty hours a week divided between classroom assistance, shop maintainance, and work in NEW.

A variety of competitive and merit-based scholarships are available for graduate students including: the NEW scholarship for outstanding artistic ability and performance, Fred and Lois Mills Grant, Friends of the Arts Grants, Harold and Marlene Gregor Art Student Travel Grant, The Baber Fellowship, and the Ray Johnson Fellowship.

Admission Procedure
Applicants should contact the Graduate School for admission procedures and requirements. Access information on the web at:

Specific inquiries related to the MFA in printmaking can be directed to:
Becky Fisher, School of Art (309) 438-2728
Sarah Smelser (309) 438-8535
Morgan Price (309) 438-7837
Veda Rives (309) 438-7530

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