School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Terry McKelvey
Edinboro’s students enrolled in the MFA in Printmaking have the opportunity to interact with MA and MFA students in other art areas, including but not limited to painting, ceramics and sculpture. Provided with private work spaces, graduate students also work alongside undergraduate students in the main studio spaces. Graduates in the printmaking area are encouraged to interact with undergraduate students and faculty to further their education and to impart knowledge on others. All printmaking majors work toward bettering their ability to clearly express ideas and theories relevant to their work and the work of others.
Our relief/screen-printing/intaglio studio consists of an 1,165 square foot space with three intaglio presses (up to 42" x 72") and one hydraulic relief press. Our lithography studio is 1,105 square feet with three lithography presses (up to 30" x 50"). Both the graduate studio and the photo exposing room are 360 square feet. All work areas are well ventilated and equipped for safer methods of printmaking. Graduate students work in screen-printing, lithography, intaglio, relief and papermaking, while incorporating digital, photo and hand rendering processes. Graduate students also learn methods of production printing and publishing, giving them the skills required in these fine art fields.
Visiting artists routinely lecture on our campus each semester. These lectures, slide presentations, critiques and demonstrations add variety and depth to our already comprehensive course offerings. Many visiting artists work directly with students. Each year interested students and the University organize several field trips to the nearby cultural centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York City. In addition, some funding for graduate student travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences is available through the Graduate Professional Development program.
On campus, the student-run Bates Gallery exhibits thirty solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works and monetary prizes for the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show. Graduate work is also exhibited in the gallery space of our nearby StARtup Incubator.
Graduate students also are encouraged to actively participate in the local art community to build both their knowledge base and their portfolios. Edinboro students enjoy numerous regional venues for exhibiting their work, including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, the Meadville Council on the Arts, summer public art events and galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, as each city is about 100 miles from Edinboro. Cleveland’s Morgan Papermaking Conservatory has offered Edinboro graduate students workshop opportunities and an exciting venue to exhibit their art. The Spectator, the student newspaper and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a Graduate Assistantship. For more information, click here.
Find full application and admission details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.