The Printmaking Area at Louisiana Tech University provides a complete studio experience leading toward BFA and MFA degrees with regular courses in intaglio and lithography. A strong foundation in traditional skills is important, as well as encouraging experimentation and embracing new technology, while promoting critical thought. Concept and both traditional and exploratory techniques are equally emphasized. Art students are expected to work with the entire printmaking toolbox, from traditional to digital processes. By gaining a command of these tools, the artist can choose the appropriate print medium and technique for a given concept.
The Printmaking Area has recently secured a Student Technology Fee Board Enhancement Grant. This grant has served to update the digital printmaking equipment and to provide a new vent hood.
1 (25 ½” x 48”) Floor Model Motor Driven Etching Presses
1 (24” x 36”) Table Top Takach Press
1 (24” x 36”) Charles Brand Press
1 (12” x 18”) Conrad Press
Vertical Etching Tank (Ferric Chloride)
1 (25 ½” x 48”) Motor Driven Lithography Printing Press
1 (25 ½” x 48”) Hand Operated Lithography Printing Press
2 Plate Supports
Printmaking Catalog Course Descriptions
331: Introduction to Intaglio.
6-1-3. Preq., ART 116 and 126. A basic survey of intaglio techniques in etching, drypoint, aquatint, lift ground, and soft ground.
332: Introduction to Lithography.
6-1-3. Preq., ART 116 and 126. A basic survey of traditional lithography using litho crayons, tusche washes, producing flats, and transfer techniques. Investigate printing methods using Bavarian limestone.
333: Introduction to Digital Printmaking.
6-1-3. Preq., ART 116, 126, and 119 or 274. Introduction to the basic functions of computer software for image manipulation as the foundation for original hand pulled prints.
430: Studio Problems.
6-1-3-(9). Preq., ART 331. Advanced problems in printmaking. (G)
Raluca Iancu would like it known that she has never been involved in a horrific crash – that tumble on her bike while riding in Montreal notwithstanding. Nevertheless there’s something about vehicle collisions that she can’t look away from, returning to them as inspiration time and again. Her work explores disaster, tragedy, memory and vulnerability through different mediums, ranging from printmaking to performance, to edible art and printed objects. She questions the way we look at tragedy as well as the way we deal with its aftermath.
Raluca Iancu received her BFA in Printmaking from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2012, and earned her MFA in Studio Art, Printmaking, from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015. She has exhibited internationally, at venues including the International Print Center New York, NY, the Art Institute of Boston, MA, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong, the Domek Miedziorytnika Gallery & Museum, Wroclaw, Poland, and more. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Hand Magazine and the Mid America Print Council Journal. Raluca Iancu has presented her research at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in Portland, OR, 2016, and in Knoxville, TN, 2015, at the South-Eastern College Art Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 2015, and in Sarasota, FL, 2014, at the IMPACT 8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee, Scotland, 2013, and at Impact 9 in Hangzhou, China, 2015. Raluca Iancu has held residencies in Newfoundland, New York City, Poland and Romania. She has been awarded an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, for 2016.