Printmaking and Book Arts Facilities

Printmaking and Book Arts Facilities

Printmaking facilities

The printmaking and book arts facilities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln occupy the top floor of the Woods Art Building, situated in the heart of the main city campus. The five large rooms feature full length walls of windows, creating exceptionally well-lit and inviting work spaces. The shop includes separate rooms for etching, lithography, letterpress and book arts, with large work tables in each area. Work area for the mediums of screen printing and relief is provided in a central work area, as well as in the large advanced/graduate print studio.

The print and book arts studio is an open laboratory for intense, individual involvement, and is, therefore, open at all hours, with electronic key assess via ID card after 10pm. This system allows for building security, as well as an open studio.

The facilities for lithography include: two Takach Litho Presses, each 25" x 48", and a Griffin Press 33" x 58". The studio has 88 litho stones, 15 of which are at least 16" x 22", with the largest stone measuring 24" x 32". There is a hydraulic lift for moving stones.

The intaglio shop includes 1 Charles Brand etching press 20" x 38", two American French Tool presss: 26" x 48" and 36" x 60", and a Takach etching press 24" x 40”, all with micrometer pressure gauges. There are two Charles Brand Hot Plates 24" x 36". Each printing area has large glass palettes and good lighting. The acid cabinet is large and ventilated by an overhead hood with ferric chloride in vertical tanks, and a large tray for Edinburg Etch for use with copper. The aquatint box can accommodate a full size plate of 24" x 36".

The Book Arts studio has a selection of lead foundry type for use on two Vandercook Proof Presses: a Universal 1 and a No. 219. Relief printing on wood, linoleum, metal or polymer type-high plates are possible with these two presses.

The studio has a darkroom, and exposure units enabling photomechanical processing of litho, etching and polymer plates, and photo silkscreens.

The print shop has been furnished with an extensive ventilation system, at the clean-up stations, by the hot plate, drying rack and printing areas.

Learn more about Printmaking in the School of Art, Art History & Design.