Faculty & Facilities

A diverse faculty of professional artists and master printers support student growth technically, formally, materially, and conceptually in one of the most lively studios on campus and one of the most generously appointed print studios in the country.

Department Head

Abra Ancliffe

Department Head, Printmaking; Associate Professor in Printmaking, MFA Print Media

MFA 2005 Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Printmaking)
BFA 2003 Pacific Northwest College of Art (Printmaking)
BA 1998 Lewis & Clark College (English Literature)

Abra Ancliffe engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity and frailty of language alongside how printed knowledge is created, stored and accessed. In 2009, she started the Personal Libraries Library, a subscription-lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers, and thinkers. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College (1998), her BFA in Printmaking from PNCA (2003) and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (2005). Her Library, print-works and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Portland2014, presented by Disjecta (Portland, OR), galleryHOMELAND (Portland, OR), Beppu Wiarda (Portland, OR), snowflake (St. Louis, MO), Harwood Art Center (Albuquerque, NM), Tækniminjasafn (Seyðisfjörður, Iceland), and Kasteel Le Paige (Herentals, Belgium). She has been awarded multiple residencies, most notably at the Banff Centre in Canada, Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland and at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium.

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Gilkey Center for Printmaking

The Gilkey Center for Printmaking supports lithography, letterpress, book making, relief, monotype, intaglio, gravure, screenprinting, offset, and Risograph in a studio filled with natural light. Tea time is at 3pm every day.

Tools, Features, and Resources

  • Studios
    Dedicated studios for intaglio and relief, screenprinting, letterpress, and lithography
  • Presses
    Four intaglio/relief presses, three Vandercook letterpresses, three lithography presses, and one Mailander offset press
  • Letterpress
    Letterpress studio with more than 200 drawers of lead and wood type
  • Book-making
    Book-making equipment including guillotines and perfect-binding machine
  • Screenprinting
    Screenprinting studio with large-format OLITE exposure unit, light tables, two washout booths, 12+ printing stations, and a 4' x 17' yardage screenprinting table
  • Aquatint Box
  • Litho Stones
    More than 100 traditional lithography stones, ranging in size from small to very large
  • Exposure Room
    Dedicated exposure room for photo-litho, photopolymer, and photogravure processes
  • Exposure Units
    Three vacuum exposure units for photo-sensitive processes
  • Copper-plate
    Dedicated room for copper-plate etching baths
  • Risograph
    GR1700 and RZ220 Risographs
  • Storage
    Individual storage spaces for each student working in the print studios
  • Printmaking Store
    Printmaking Store is open during weekdays, that affordably sells hard-to-find materials, tools, and papers
  • State-of-the-art ventilation
  • Natural Light
    Large windows in each studio, and a large skylight, that bring in natural light
  • Print Archive
    Extensive print archive, including many prints and items from Gordon Gilkey
  • Fabrication Lab
    Access to the with 3-D printers, plotters, milling machines, and vinyl cutters
  • Digital Print Studio
    Access to the Digital Print Studio with large format inkjet printers
  • Documentation Studio
    Access to the Documentation Studio


Make+Think+Code offers our students, undergraduate and graduate, as well as Portland's creative and tech communities, opportunities to learn about and explore emerging technologies, augmented and virtual reality, (digital) fabrication and prototyping, creative coding, data science, systems-thinking, the internet of things and smart technologies, creative entrepreneurship, STEAM, and privacy and security. Our ever-expanding equipment list includes technology such as a Trotec Speedy 300 Laser Cutter, TAZ 3D Printer, Replicator Mini 3D Printer, Replicator 2X 3D Printer, CNC Router, Large Format Printer, Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter, and XY Plotter.

Mario Gallucci MFA alumnus '14 in Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) documentation studio with photography lights and a camera on a stand in front of a white box.

Documentation Studio

With industry-standard equipment, is available to students of all experience levels to document 2D and 3D work.

Everything you need for your practice

Every door is open to you. All of the tools in all of the labs across campus are available for your making.

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