Department of Art & Art History


The printmaking program at CSU Chico offers students a unique educational experience by working closely with the Janet Turner Print Museum, a collection of almost 4,000 original prints that span six centuries. Located in the building adjacent to the print studios, the collection is used for in-depth study of historical and contemporary artwork, special curatorial and research opportunities, internships, and an annual student printmaking exhibition, and offers a generous annual printmaking scholarship.

The printmaking studio courses balance learning a variety of traditional, experimental, and mixed-media techniques with conceptual and aesthetic development. At the BFA and MFA levels, individual expression and technical accomplishment is reached through one-on-one mentoring beyond class meetings. Students work towards developing a cohesive body of artwork for a culminating exhibition and preparation for their career beyond CSU Chico.

The studios are well equipped for intaglio/etching, lithography (with 24 x 36 inch stones), screen printing, relief, and photographic printmaking. The studios are accessible to students 24 hours a day. Additional professional experience is available through work-study opportunities.

The printmaking program regularly hosts a variety of visiting artists to enhance students’ learning and to form connections with the print community beyond Chico.