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

Yoshihiro Kitai

Associate Professor & BFA Printmaking Department Head,

MFA 2004 Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (Printmaking & Drawing) BFA 2002 PNCA (Printmaking)

General Certificate 1999 Pierce College

Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1995. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, and Art Ltd magazine. Kitai is associate professor, and Printmaking Department Head.

ykitai@willamette.edu

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Facilities

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

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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