Experimental Printmaking Institute (Lafayette College)

Artstor and Lafayette College are making available more than 300 images in the Digital Library from the Experimental Printmaking Institute.

The Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at Lafayette College is a unique printmaking laboratory that enables students to work hand in hand with professional artists using traditional techniques in concert with experimental approaches. For almost 20 years, EPI has produced editions by artists such as Faith Ringgold, Richard Anuszkiewicz, David Driskell, Grace Hartigan, and Sam Gilliam. The results of these collaborations are included in the permanent collections of many important museums, colleges, and universities. EPI partnered with Lafayette College’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) department to digitize and catalog its collection.

At EPI, students are intrinsically involved in the art making process, but also on the business side, running workshops, acting as teaching assistants, and most recently, running the management. Student interns help administer EPI’s business initiatives, media relations, and research and documentation efforts.

The Experimental Printmaking Institute began in the summer of 1996 with the visit of noted New York artist Juan Sanchez. EPI’s visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have since introduced students to artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, providing them with talented, educated, and ambitious role models.