the American Print Alliance
Here are links
to some sites that we think are particularly helpful for printmakers and
book artists. Note: we include here only sites that provide much more
than information about their own organization. If you would like your
site to be considered, and you are a subscriber to our journal Contemporary
Impressions, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identifying printmaking techniques:
The best website
for how to identify the various printmaking techniques, with excellent
close-ups (called Image Maps) and a glossary, is the Print
Room at the Spencer Museum of Art.
The National Gallery of Australia has posted the extensive glossary from Kenneth E. Tyler,
Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonné 1974-1985 (Walker Arts Center and Abbeville Press, New York 1987).
Animations demonstrating the basic printmaking techniques can be found at the website of the Museum of Modern Art (requires Flash 5 or higher). There's also a glossary and a reading list (be sure to scroll down).
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has an Electronic Media Group with an excellent section specifically on
a very good overview of printing, both for fine art and reproductions,
part of an on-line exhibition on illustration, at the New
York Public Library.
For book binding and book conservation terms, use the excellent online Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology by Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington.
Conservation/Preservation of Artworks on Paper:
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries,
is an excellent reference source.
site for information on inkjet and photographic color permanence is Wilhelm
Imaging Research. There's information for various printers and inks and test data on the light-fastness
of inkjet prints based on particular combinations of ink sets
bibliography for health hazards in printmaking and other arts can be found
at the Rochester
Institute of Technology's library web site.
with a mix of information on environment, health and safety that may be
useful for printmakers:
Art & Creative Materials
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Center for Research
on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Art Materials Trade Association
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA)
of Chicago Health in the Arts Program
library collections with study rooms that are open to the public and/or
to artists and scholars conducting research are found in our list of Print
International Council of Museums, a non-governmental organization
linked to UNESCO, has a list of all
museums arranged by country. From the country’s page, you can
click on “by type” and then “art museums” to focus
University Art Departments:
Art Department Directory
The most extensive list of U.S. and Canadian open workshops (without having to be enrolled at a college
or university) for printmaking, papermaking and book arts is now available here on the American Print Alliance website. Go to our Library section and select Workshops or click here.
lists of links to sites about printmaking techniques, supplies, etc. are
available from the printmaking department at
Tennessee State University. There’s also information
to sort through at World Printmakers.