At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of resources inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work.
The focus of printmaking at Bennington College is to explore, hands on, this versatile and broad contemporary artist medium and its rich history and methodology.
Bennington College boasts two beautiful, multi-use print studios. The studio in our Visual and Performing Arts center permits all levels of work in stone, plate and photo lithography, intaglio, photopolymer gravure, wood block printing, monotype, and screen printing. In addition, our new letterpress studio, the Word and Image Lab, is well-equipped with metal type, a new photopolymer relief platemaker (A3), and two Vandercook presses (#3 and #4).
The print shops and the curriculum are carefully designed to serve a wide range of courses covering many approaches to making art in print media. Everything from introductory course work to professional artist’s editions are produced with fine materials and well-maintained, high-quality machines in studio spaces that welcome a diverse range of artistic sensibilities.
Students who take print courses leave with a strong sense of printmaking as a contemporary artist medium that can feed into all kinds of work across disciplines. They also have an understanding of how their study relates to the history of printing, communication, and technology, and how technology can be manipulated by artists.
Thorsten Dennerline produces paintings, drawings, and artists’ books. The main focus of his work originates from an interest in poetry, which has led to collaborative projects with writers in book form, and in paintings and drawing projects that explore the poetic possibilities of the landscape.
Visiting Faculty & Technicians
Jesse Connor's work is driven by both the emotional, transformative power of the landscape and the process of improvisation with composition and materials. The landscape has a story to tell, and that story is brought to life through a mixed media approach using painting, drawing and printmaking. Through careful observation and documentation on site, Connor compiles a catalogue of visual inspiration from which he creates imagined spaces full of detail, color, light and story.
Arthur Larson is a letterpress printer and compositor. He specializes in the fine press printing of artist’s books for a variety of clients. He also teaches, gives workshops, and trains apprentices. Larson lives and works in Hadley, Massachusetts and is an active member of the Book Arts community in the Pioneer Valley.
Professional printmaker with vast experience in professional fine art print studios and who has studied at the Tamarind Institute