Department Head: Henry Ferreira
Printmaking at RISD supports the creative development of artists dedicated to visual exploration and expression using intaglio, lithography, screenprint, relief and related photo-processes. Both undergraduate and graduate majors explore a focused personal direction through the mastery of traditional and contemporary techniques, including digital and alternative print methods.
Printmaking majors work in Benson Hall, a well-equipped facility with state-of-the-art equipment and separate floors allocated to lithography, intaglio and screenprint studios. Students also have opportunities to explore book arts, letterpress and work with type.
"Our first objective is to teach the 'how to' of Printmaking. We then help students find a platform from which to work and a way to marry the two. Opportunities for out-of-major study are part of the curriculum so that a Senior Degree Project can – and sometimes does – include a film or video piece incorporated into an installation, a 3D construction or work based in traditional printmaking."-Henry Ferrreira, Department Head