Why is the University of Alberta Well-Known for Printmaking?

In 1971, the University of Alberta established Canada’s first graduate program in printmaking. Graduates of the printmaking program have experienced significant creative and professional success, exhibiting internationally, securing teaching positions in printmaking world-wide, and founding organizations such as the Society of Northern Alberta Print artists (SNAP) in Edmonton. The University of Alberta Museums Print Study Centre has been an essential resource in establishing this international success, providing access to prints in an interactive teaching museum space. In 2011, the University of Alberta awarded its first Centennial Professor in printmaking to Sean Caulfield, a prestigious post at the University of Alberta awarded to those faculty members who have achieved outstanding distinction in their field of research.
Find out more about the University of Alberta Art Collection selection of prints in the exhibition A Little Bit of Infinity.

Photo Credit:

Travel Tracing: Reading Pagoda (Turquoise), 2004
Brant Schuller
screen print on paper
University of Alberta Art Collection (2006.10.1)
University of Alberta Museums
Gift of the artist

About the Print Study Centre:

  • The University of Alberta Museums Print Study Centre has been an essential resource in establishing Edmonton and the University of Alberta’s international printmaking reputation. It facilitates first-hand study by faculty, students, scholars, artists, and members of the public who want to examine technique, research artists, or seek inspiration. Twenty years since its creation, the Print Study Centre has become internationally recognized by artists and students as an outstanding open-access facility to view and study works of art on paper.