Printmaking is the historical frame through which all artistic media are still referenced.

The UNM Printmaking Area has a strong national reputation and attracts many students to both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Many of our former graduate Printmaking students are now teaching in various universities and leading contemporary Printmaking into the next generation.

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The Printmaking Area offers classes in various print mediums – including Intaglio, Lithography, Monotype, Relief, Serigraphy, and Digital. Besides traditional Printmaking, students are also challenging the printmaking medium, innovatively and through interdisciplinary concerns, about its role in the larger context of contemporary art. Additionally, Tamarind Institute’s Collaborative Lithography course is unique to UNM where Tamarind printing trainees print lithography editions for the UNM students during the course. Printmaking area has offered over one hundred community outreach projects and has collaborated with many different groups, including public schools, organizations, and N.P.O’s, both nationally and internationally. There is a large group of printmakers in the Southwest and the UNM Printmaking Area serves an important leadership role to this group.


  • Intaglio Studio
  • 3 Takach etching presses, 72” x 39.5”, 60” x 33.5”, 36.5” x 17.5”
  • A rosin box and spray paint booth for aquatint technique
  • Ferric Chloride and copper sulfate baths are provided
  • 3 Takach lithography presses, all 56” x 33”
  • 1 Takach tabletop lithography press, 36” x 24”
  • The limestone library is home to 80+ stones including several large 40” x 30” stones
  • 1 Silkscreen exposure unit
  • 1 vacuum table, 30” x 48”
  • 72” x 48” x 24” spray booth
  • 2 NuArc exposure units with the maximum capacity of 30” x 48” for photo lithography
  • photo intaglio
  • 4 Mac workstations
  • 2 Epson scanners, including an Epson 10000XL
  • 2 Ink-jet printers, Epson 4880 and 9900
  • 3 laser printers, HP 4015, HP 700M712, Brother HL 2240D
  • 1 Takach etching press, 60” x 33.5”


Yoshiko Shimano

Yoshiko Shimano


Working on a grand scale, printmaker Yoshiko Shimano conveys her profound commitment to the desire to help create a world where all people live together in thoughtful harmony. She believes it is through the nurturing...

Karsten Creightney

Karsten Creightney

Assistant Professor

Karsten Creightney grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his BA from Antioch College, 2000. He completed the Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program in 2001, and received his MFA from UNM, 2011. Creightney works in multiple media combining prints, paint, photographs...