A Lasting Impression
The KCAI printmaking program will provide you with a deep understanding of the processes, creative concepts and issues that inform contemporary printmaking and art in a global creative environment. The faculty will challenge your pre-conceived notions of the world to help you express your ideas with a greater level of competence and clarity.
You’ll become engaged in a dynamic interchange involving individual studio narrative, collaboration, professional practice, and digital media possibilities and concepts. All printmaking students must have experience working collaboratively and be able to organize graphic work production in a studio setting. A minimal of graphic experience is required to work with silkscreen, plates, and blocks. Students must have a strong sensibility in drawing and form.
Traditional printmaking processes and concepts — etching, lithography, drawing, collage, silkscreen, letterpress and book arts; as well as post-modern processes, including mass media, collaboration, simulation, appropriation and dissemination — are taught concurrently.
Associate Professor and Chair
Miguel Rivera joined the KCAI faculty in fall 2008 to serve as chair of the printmaking department. A practicing artist, as well as an experienced educator, Rivera has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Formerly, he was chair of the art department at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and also served as an associate professor of printmaking and computers in art. Rivera also has given visiting artist lectures in Mexico and the United States. He was an associate artist at Inkling Studio in Portland, Ore., and an instructor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he completed his M.F.A. degree in printmaking and applied digital media in 1997. He earned a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting from Southern Oregon University and an associate degree in printmaking from the University of Guanajuato.
Laura Berman has taught printmaking and book arts since 2002. Her work is represented by Haw Contemporary (Kansas City), Long View Gallery (Washington, D.C.) and The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs (Matfield Green, Kansas). She publishes new prints regularly by invitation with Pele Prints (St. Louis) and Círculo del Arte (Barcelona, Spain). Her work is exhibited and collected around the world and featured in The Book of Probes by David Carson/Marshall McLuhan, Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce, A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking by Egan/Ehlbeck/Muise, and Contemporary American Print Makers by E. Ashley Rooney and Stephanie Standish. Berman received her B.F.A. degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A. degree from Tulane University.
Hugh Merrill, who joined the KCAI faculty in 1976, has had solo exhibitions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, as well as many other galleries and museums. He has been a visiting artist at over 50 universities and colleges internationally. Merrill has received National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Virginia Museum Fellowship, a Yaddo/Hand Hollow Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation Grant, and an Alliance of Independent Art Schools Faculty Grant in support of his work. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Graphics Council 2007. Merrill earned a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an M.F.A. degree from the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University.
Once you declare your major, printmaking students take the following core courses as they progress from sophomore to senior year. For additional electives and liberal arts courses, download the complete course catalog.
- Printmaking I
- Dimensional Printmaking
- Soph. Advanced Printmaking
- Mark Making
- Digital Print Transitions
- Lithography Printmaking
- Jr. Advanced Printmaking
- Professional Practice Basic
- Sr. Advanced Printmaking
- Adv. Printmaking II & Thesis
- Professional Practice
- Senior Studio
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Professional practice is a compulsory component of the KCAI program in which students benefit enormously from insights provided by world-renowned visiting artists, scholars and professionals.
Jobs + Internships
Printmaking graduates now work as professors, educators, and artists across the country. Recent graduates also have become professional printers and engravers working for commercial printing companies.
KCAI printmaking majors have worked or interned for the following studios and companies: Vahalla Studios, Hammer Press, Lawrence Lithography, Landfall Press, Porter Teleo, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, KC Ink and Paper Center for the Arts, design studios and fine art galleries.