School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Terry McKelvey
Edinboro University’s MFA in Printmaking is designed to develop the student’s level of professionalism, knowledge and expertise in the field of printmaking, while building a strong body of work relevant to the student’s personal style and career path. Graduate students are encouraged to set goals for growth and clearly express ideas and theories relevant to their work and the work of others.
Our relief/screen-printing/intaglio studio consists of a 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 30 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 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.
Find full application and admission details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship .
For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.
After earning his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Edinboro University, Scott Porcelli (’12) became an active studio artist in Philadelphia. He currently works as a teaching artist at the Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. Over the past five years, his work has been featured in several exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as distant as Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2017, he presented an artist talk about printmaking for Edinboro University students.
A solo artist, resident printmaker and adjunct professor, Henry Gepfer (’17) has mounted four shows in the past six years and has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions. Currently a design professor at Millersville University, he earned the 2016 Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at the Zygote Press in Cleveland and an Artist in Residence at Spark Box Studios in Picton, Ontario. In 2015, he was chosen for the College and Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.