The Printmaking Program prepares students to be professional artists and to teach art at the college level. Our program offers a broad range of traditional, contemporary, and innovative techniques while encouraging students to formulate and articulate their philosophical and personal concepts and translate them into visual ideas. This intensive studio experience combines critical and theoretical dialogue. We are dedicated to acquainting students with the rich and diverse world of multicultural art and its formative impact on contemporary art. Over the past three decades digital technologies have expanded the possibilities for making print-based images and objects in ways that continue to emerge. In response to these new technologies, we continuously redefine our curriculum and introduce new courses that connect students from different areas with digital imagery and the editions of multicolor prints. Our students are engaged in the creation of diverse multimedia projects that include installations, three-dimensional objects, and digital printmaking.
Aurora De Armendi, Libro de Colores
Aurora De Armendi Sobrino was born and raised in Cuba. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from The University of Iowa. Her work explores the poetics of place and displacement, and the individual and collective memories therein, through a balance of scholarly and material research. Recent projects have taken the form of prints, artist books and ceramics. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Wave Hill Garden, the International Print Center (NY), Instituto Cervantes (NY), San Francisco Center for Book Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the MDCC Museum at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Fototeca de Cuba and Biblioteca de Cantabria (Spain), among others. She has participated in the AIM program at The Bronx Museum and was a fellow at The Center for Book Arts (NY) in 2013. In 2016, she completed artist residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Colorado), Jamaica Flux (Queens, NY) and was a finalist for the Cintas Foundation Fellowship (Miami). Before joining the SUNY New Paltz faculty in 2020, she taught printmaking and book arts at Parsons The New School and The Cooper Union. De Armendi has worked collaboratively in educational initiatives in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. Alongside her artistic and teaching practice she has worked in fine arts print publishing with Two Palms , The Lower East Side Printshop and independently.
Libro de Colores II / El Monte y el Mar, 2016
64 Monotypes (Oil-based lithographic inks printed on Kitakata Paper)
Closed Book: 20 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 1/4 in.
Open Book: 40 1/4 x 14 1/8 in.
Parisi/ Shiny Star, 2017
Jill Parisi’s work examines the natural world’s patterns and structures in a highly detailed manner. The imaginary species populating her installations sometimes react to viewer proximity, and have been realized in various materials from small to large scale. She earned an MFA in Printmaking and a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is in various private and public collections. Significant achievements and awards granted include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/ Drawing/Artists’ Books 2005, a public art commission for New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program in 2012, and the selection of her installation Kaleidoscope Garden for the Main Exhibition of the Krakow Printmaking Triennial in 2012, and the International Print Network’s Graphically Extended exhibition in Oldenburg, 2013.
Street in Balaguer. mezzotint 2000
Maggie Oakes graduated from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art & Design in Wroclaw, Poland in 2001 with a MFA in Printmaking. Before becoming the technician for Printmaking, she was the manager of the Art Center at West Point, N.Y. She is a mentor and advocate for students, helping them solve complex studio problems to achieve their fullest potentials. Among her many responsibilities, she maintains the expansive printmaking studios including the intaglio, litho, relief, papermaking, photolitho, and silkscreen processes. Maggie Oakes’ work is inspired by her many travels throughout Europe and the United States and her close contact with different cultures, traditions and people. She continues to be a part of group and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and United States, including recent shows at SUNY Orange and the Post-Digital International Printmaking Conference and Art Show at the Academy of Art & Design in Wroclaw, Poland.
Printmaking: Studio Space & Facilities
The Printmaking Program’s expansive studios offer nearly eight thousand square feet of total space, and are considered state of the art in both design and safety. A highly efficient central ventilation system creates continuous, safe air quality throughout the entire printmaking studio. Contemporary printmaking art processes include multi-media applications where traditional and cutting edge techniques merge. A partial list of equipment includes: five lithography presses, (including a 3’ x 5’ Takach press); a large inventory of stones ranging from small to very large; four relief/etching presses, (including a 4’ x 8’ Takach press), a photo-silkscreen studio with two exposure units and five vacuum printing tables large and medium format, a medium size hand paper making facility. The computer lab-room holds six computer stations with two wide-format and three medium size printers. A critique room is equipped with three walls for displaying work, a digital projector a large screen, and a long hallway gallery well suited to the display of work.
Internship, Residencies and Fieldwork
Our students have many additional opportunities to work on and off campus while enrolled, complementing their academic studies. We are in close proximity to many mid-Hudson Valley art venues and artists’ studios, and there is easy access to NYC via bus for opportunities at galleries, museum’s, art studios, and numerous non-profit organizations. Several MFA Printmaking students have been awarded the Graduate Assistantship at the Samuel Dorsky Museum on campus, and Creative Research Project Grants that assist them with specific artistic projects, supporting workshops off campus and/or materials. Printmaking students have had summer internships at Pace Editions in NYC, the International Print Center innNew York, Simmelink/Sukimoto Editions,nand have worked with leading artists in the field as assistants.
EXHIBITIONS: Our alumni are invited to exhibit at top venues around the world, including the Venice Biennial, SMTG Krakow Triennial, Tallinn Triennial, Oldenburg Triennial, Graphica Creativa Triennial, Douro Biennial, and many museums, universities and galleries.
AWARDS: Alumni awards include the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking, Drawing, and Artists Books; Fulbright Award; Southern Graphics Council International MFA Award. Several recent alumni were awarded internships at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC; two have also gone on to work as the Studio Technician there. Other residencies and internships alumni received: Lower East Side Printshop, NYC; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and Artist in Residence at The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway. Our alumni are also awarded public and privately commissioned projects.
EMPLOYMENT: In addition to working as actively practicing artists, many of our alumni are professors, studio technicians, artists’ assistants, printers for leading fine art printing publishers, and exhibition specialists at universities and art venues around the world. Some recent alumni have founded their own print studios, paper studios and publishing companies, completed the Tamarind Professional Printer Program and co-founded an international art book fair.
Our close proximity to NYC facilitates visits to campus by artists, printers, critics, curators, and alumni to share their experiences. A brief list includes: Lynn Allen, Charles Beneke, Luis Camnitzer, Alicia Candiani, Combat Paper, Devraj Dakoji, Dean Dass, Ismael Frigerio, Daniel Martinez, Liliana Porter, Andres Serrano, Richard Noyce, Andrew Raftery, Phil Sanders, Tanja Softic, Juan Sanchez, Paula vonSydow, Carol Wax and Linda Weintraub. We schedule field trips to Print Week in NYC each November, and also visit area venues, and NYC print collections, galleries, studios, and museums. Print Club organizes a trip to Southern Graphics International’s Printmaking Conference each year.