Advanced Printmaking Intensive / NYC

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VIAR S4106D 001
6 Points
Session I: May 27 - July 3
M, T, W, R, F 10 AM - 6 PM
Location 310, 210 Dodge Hall
Instructors: Tomas Vu-Daniel, Craig Zammiello, Kurt Kemp
The printmaking intensive was a once in a lifetime opportunity. A combination of an immersive summer camp and printmaking boot camp, the intensive allowed me to explore all aspects of the print medium in a supportive, engaging environment and then focus that energy on my interests. The resources and instructors that were available to us are unparalleled in their depth and knowledge.
-Student, Advanced Printmaking Intensive, 2013
The Advanced Printmaking intensive focuses on teaching students new and traditional printmaking techniques and developing skills of all levels. Students and professionals have access to all printmaking processes and equipment but will focus on a primary area of interest.  Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to visit artist studios and view prints in exclusive print study rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Museum of Modern Art. Participants are also exposed to the inner workings of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies publishing operation at Columbia University.

The course gives participants the opportunity to learn the processes of photogravure, etching, relief, laser engraving and screenprinting by working with established contemporary artists and master printers.

This course is designed for three distinct types of students: college graduates preparing to apply for MFA programs, printmakers looking to increase their knowledge of techniques and daily operations of a fine art printshop, and seasoned artists and teachers wishing to learn additional techniques to bring to their practice.
- For recent college graduates, the objective of the course is to create a printmaking portfolio in preparation for applications to MFA programs. 
- For seasoned artists and teachers, the course enables them to learn new mediums and refine their current techniques. 
- For more experienced printmakers, the course teaches many of the necessary skills to work in a professional printshop and edition prints

For more information on the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies please click here.

The Printmaking Intensive features the following elements:

• Individual critiques by faculty and visiting artists
• Group critiques
• Lectures by internationally known artists
• Visits to museums and studios around the city
• Visit to fine art print publishers
• Demonstrations in a variety of processes, including woodcut, photogravure, intaglio, silkscreen, and on the ILS Laser Engraving System

The course gives students access to all Columbia University printing facilities:

• 210 Printshop
• 310 Printshop
• The Neiman Gallery

This is a studio program based on a variety of different models:  the European model of an apprenticeship or guild program to learn techniques and the standard professional printshop model. We also incorporate the MFA model of critique and discussion. There is substantial independent work beyond the program hours, as we expect each student to use the demos to develop their own process and body of work.

Visiting Artist Lectures
Throughout the program, prominent artists present a lecture on their work, to be followed by discussion. The Advanced Printmaking Intensive 2012 included visits from Terry Winters, Carroll Dunham, Shahzia Sikander, Nicola Lopez, and Kiki Smith.

Material and Technique Tutorials
Each student focuses on learning and developing skills in whichever medium is applicable to their process, guided by master printers. We address concerns regarding paper, ink, chine collé, curating prints, registration, multiple-layer printing and editioning. Students will also have the opportunity to learn to fabricate their own folio boxes or books. The cost of standard printmaking materials, including paper, ink, plates, is included in tuition and course fee.

Visits to Museums and Printshops Around the City
The Advanced Printmaking Intensive 2012 included visits to MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library for private viewings and in-depth exposure to permanent print collections. Students also took field trips to Two Palms Press and ULAE. Two Palms is a renowned printshop that has published work by Ellen Gallagher, Elizabeth Peyton, Chuck Close, and Mel Bochner. Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) is an internationally known printshop founded in West Islip on Long Island in 1957. ULAE has published prints by Lee Bontecou, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Susan Rothenberg, Jasper Johns, and Helen Frankenthaler.

Group Critiques
Every week there is a formal or informal group critique run by faculty and/or visiting artists.

Individual Critiques
Since we have a diverse range of applicants with varying artistic backgrounds and needs, individual critiques are available by appointment.

Final Exhibition
At the end of the program an exhibition with an opening reception is held in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University School of the Arts to celebrate the work done in the program.

Portfolio and Application Review (optional)
For those artists who are applying for graduate programs, the tuition includes a portfolio and application review and consultation in November or early December. 

A Note on the Schedule
The Advanced Printmaking Intensive is a full-time immersion program, and students must be able to dedicate the full 6 weeks to participating in classes, field trips and studio practice.

There are no scheduled classes in the evenings or weekends, allowing for open studio time.

The priority deadline for admission to the course is March 15th, with notification of admission in April. Admissions after March 15th will be on a rolling basis until the final deadline of April 25th. We encourage you to apply by the priority deadline. When the course is fully subscribed, we will grant waitlist status to students who meet the admissions criteria.
Admissions Criteria
Applicants must have a BA, BFA, or equivalent. Students earning their BFA or BA by May 2013 or May 2014 must demonstrate a level of sophistication in both their work and thinking appropriate for this class.

In addition to the standard online application, you will be asked to provide the following:
1.Statement of intent. Up to 500 words. Please include your educational background, including degrees and independent courses, and your reasons for applying to the program.
2.10 digital images. You must submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Instructions, signup and login information is here:

Tuition & Fees
Most summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of $1,512 per point ($9,072 for a six-point intensive).  For more detailed information, please see "tuition and fees":

Students will be required to pay a  $500 materials fee in addition to Columbia tuition.
Limited housing in university dorms will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be sent a link to the Housing application, once admitted to the course.
*Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

About the InstructorS

Tomas Vu-Daniel received a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and an M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has recently been exhibited in "Orpheus Selection: In Search of Darkness" at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; "Boston High Tea: Master Print Series" at the Sunshine Museum in Songzhuang, China; and "Organische Abstraction" at the Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Black Ice in New York, Flatlands I and Flatlands II in Milan and Rome, and Opium Dreams at the Museum Haus Kasuya in Yokuska, Japan. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship award in 2001. He is currently the director of printmaking and artistic director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Craig Zammiello is a Master Printer with over 30 years of experience in all areas of printmaking.  He is author of a studio manual on photogravure, and of the book Conversations from the Print Studio published by Yale University Press. He worked 25 years at Universal Limited Art Editions, where he collaborated with numerous artists, notably Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith and Robert Rauschenberg.  Currently, he is Master Printer at Two Palms working with Chuck Close, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Elizabeth Peyton, Chris Ofili, Mel Bochner and Matthew Ritchie. He received his M.F.A. from SUNY Stony Brook in 1995. He has taught numerous workshops and classes at New York University, Yale University, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio and the Flemish Center for the Graphic Arts in Belgium. Zammiello has exhibited his own work in the US and abroad.  His prints can be found in the collections of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Hoesch Museum in Düren, Germany.


Kurt Kemp

Kurt Kemp is currently a Professor of Art at Sonoma State University in California. Born in Mason City, Iowa in1957, he graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He is in private and public collection throughout the United States, including Harvard’s Fogg Museum of Art in Boston, the Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Houston Fine Arts Museum in Houston, and the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago.

The Advanced Printmaking Intensive provided access to facilities, time to focus on work with few distractions, and technical support from faculty. I would recommend it because of the focus it gives you and its ability to help a young artist understand the world of printmaking, visualize print projects, meaning, and mechanics. This was a wonderful experience with many great aspects!
-Advanced Printmaking Intensive 2012
The best attributes of the Intensive are the resources, great instruction and critiques. I would recommend it to someone desiring an improvement of practice, focus and input on work. The Intensive had a great atmosphere and students with a variety of work/practices.
-Advanced Printmaking Intensive 2012

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