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 Weinberger Fine Art (Kansas City), Long View Gallery (Washington, D.C.) and Uprise Art (New York City). 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.
Doug Baker holds a B.F.A. degree in photography and printmaking from KCAI and an M.F.A. degree in drawing and printmaking from the University of Kansas. Since 1992, he has been a lecturer in printmaking. He also teaches fine art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. His work is displayed in many local and national collections.
Kate Horvat, M.F.A.
Kate Horvat received her B.F.A, from Northwest Missouri State University in 2012 and her M.F.A.from Arizona State University in 2016. Her current work explores belief, chance, desire and expectation in American culture – focusing specifically on the social dynamics of what it means to live in the heartland of the United States. Her works have been displayed in various national and international shows, including Right In Front Of Your Eyes, in Hangzhou, China, Exposición Colectiva: XXV Festival de Marzo 2014, in Chihuahua, Mexico, and So Hot Right Now in Phoenix, Arizona. Kate was also the two time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Emerging artist award and a finalist for the Teaching Excellence Award at Arizona State University.
Mike’s early exposure to the paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, and photography of his parents and their consistent praise of his own artwork were ultimately the reasons he decided to pursue art.
Lyon holds two degrees in art, a B.A. in Architecture and Fine Art (sculpture) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and a B.F.A. in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975. Influential instructors were Frederic Osborne (sculpture), Frank Kawasaki (drawing), Michael Eisenman (printmaking), Rackstraw Downes (drawing), Neil Welliver (color theory), Stanley Lewis (drawing), and Wilbur Niewald (painting). The work Mike did in college were attempts to understand and conform to whatever he was taught – primarily ‘visual’ drawing and painting from life.
Amanda Maciuba, M.F.A
A native of the Buffalo, NY area, Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Visual Studies and a concentration in Print Media. She has shown her work in the Buffalo area at the Carnegie Art Center, The Western NY Book Arts Collaborative, and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery.
Amanda completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking with a minor in Intermedia from the University of Iowa in 2015. Alongside her MFA, she received a Certificate of the Book from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. She shows her work regularly throughout the Midwest and has participated in juried shows at the Masur Museum in Monroe, LA, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, theInternational Print Center New York, and the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
She has been a resident artist at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. While a resident at the Lawrence Arts Center she taught adult classes in printmaking and bookmaking and participated in arts outreach in the Lawrence community.
Currently, she teaches printmaking and foundations classes in the Kansas City/Northeast Kansas area. At the moment you may find her living and practicing art in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mark Raymer, M.F.A.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Raised in Texas. Received an MFA from the University of Kansas. He most recently was an artist with the Charlotte Street Studio Foundation.
Tonja Torgerson, M.F.A.
Tonja received a B.F.A .from the University of Minnesota and a M.F.A. in Printmaking at Syracuse University. Her artwork is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally; and is included in private and museum collections, including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Torgerson has been a resident artist at West Virginia Wesleyan College, the Lawrence Arts Center, Fogo Island, AIR: Artist Image Resource of Pittsburgh, and New York Mills, Minnesota. She is the Print Studio Manager for the Lawrence Arts Center, and on the board of the Mid-America Print Council. Her recent work deals with death and the impermanent nature of the body.
Ani Vokkan, M.F.A.
Ani Volkan received her M.F.A. at East Tennessee State University in printmaking. She deals in text, sewing, old family photographs, Armenian folklore, and everything printmaking. She was recently a Fall 2016 artist in residence at The Post Contemporary in Troy NY. She resides in Kansas City, MO where she trail runs with her training partner, a Siberian Husky named Lupo, and aspires to complete her first Ultra Marathon. She is also the director of the Print League KC, a community print shop in Kansas City MO, offering access and education to everything related to printmaking.
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.
Find out more about the Landfall Press Summer apprenticeship.