The printmaking department offers courses in Beginning through Advanced and Graduate Printmaking, Relief (linoleum and woodblock), Intaglio (etching, engraving and drypoint), Lithography, Silkscreen, Photo-Processes and Monotypes and Monoprints. Students are encouraged to develop their aesthetics through exploring imagery, colors and various printmaking techniques as well as exploration into the many possibilities used in combination to make prints. The studio has two etching presses, one combination lithography & etching press and a relief/etching press and a variety of hand and power tools to create plates and blocks for the presses. The print shop uses a ferric chloride solution in a vertical etching tank and has access to a computer and a state of the art laser platemaker for photo-process techniques.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
MFA, Pratt Institute
Todd Sherman was born in the Territory of Alaska. He has lived in Fairbanks since 1974, excepting the years spent in New York City when he was a graduate student at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and in Spain when he was on sabbatical with his family. He has a B.A. in Art from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a M.F.A. in Printmaking from Pratt. For more than 30 years he has been an exhibiting professional artist, with works in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. For the past twelve years he has worked as a curator and coordinator of public local, statewide and regional art exhibits, involving hundreds of artists in all media, from photography to ceramics. A few of these exhibits are Working Inspirations at the University of Alaska Museum, Relics, Artifacts & other Mysteries at the Fairbanks Civic Center Gallery and the Anchorage Museum of History & Art, and Fairbanks Prints at the Well Street Art Company.
A Professor of Art with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Todd Sherman teaches printmaking and creates his artwork in Interior Alaska. He has had over 30 solo shows, over 150 juried and invitational exhibits, his work was selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s 1978 Contemporary Art from Alaska exhibition that toured the U.S., and for the 25th Anniversary Exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of Art and History in 1993. Mr. Sherman was one of 22 international artists participating in the Copper River Delta Project through the Netherlands-based Artist for Nature Foundation. This project includes a major exhibition of the works created during the artist's stay in Cordova, Alaska in July 1995 and May 1997. This exhibition began touring important venues in the United States and
later it traveled in Europe. In 2003 he had solo shows in Fairbanks, Spain and Italy. In 2005 he began the Visual Art Academy at UAF, an intensive 2 week art instruction program held each summer in the department's studios for junior and senior high school students.