Printmedia: Resources

The Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) equipment and facilities include:

  • Individual graduate studios with 24-hour access
  • Printmaking facility covering more than 11,000 square feet
  • 6 Intaglio/Relief presses
  • 15 screen printing stations with 2 large format vacuum tables
  • 4 lithography impression presses and 1 hand offset press
  • Offset studio with 4 automated presses and direct-to-plate capabilities
  • A risograph printing machine
  • Darkrooms for screenprinting, lithography, and intaglio
  • Artists’ books/bookbinding studio
  • Fully equipped Macintosh computer lab with workstations, scanners and large/medium format printers
  • Access to laser cutters, 3D printers and scanners, CNC routers and other advanced digital and analog technologies
  • Access to highly regarded collections of prints and multiples in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at SAIC and the Glore Print and Drawing Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago

As a student at SAIC, you'll also have access to...

Libraries and Special Collections

Unique access to important libraries and special collections including a world-class museum.

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Media Centers

The media centers provide audiovisual equipment and services to accommodate documentation, creation, instructional, and exhibition needs.

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Gallery Spaces

The SAIC campus showcases a diversity of student artwork across multiple exhibition venues. Students can propose to exhibit their work in a variety of formats and locations.

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Visiting Artist Program

Visiting Artists Program

Public lectures are presented by world-renowned visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Speakers meet with students through studio visits, roundtable discussions, seminars, and workshops.

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The city of Chicago has a lot to offer.

World class museums and galleries

Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus. 

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Unparalleled architecture

A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.