Printer Training Program

Tamarind offers the only formal educational program in the world for professional fine art collaborative printers

Tamarind’s two-part Printer Training Program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as fine art collaborative printers. This intensive, full-time program concentrates first on strengthening and refining the students’ technical skills, then on the application of those skills to collaborative projects. Prior knowledge of lithography is required. A maximum of eight students will be accepted.

Printer Training Program Courses

Students will be required to enroll in the following courses during the fall and spring semesters:

Fall: Refining Technical Skills

  • The Professional Printer  (4 credits) an intensive technical course that covers the theoretical and applied aspects of the medium. Taught by Tamarind’s education director, Brandon Gunn, the course includes frequent lectures and demonstrations as well as 50 hours or more per week in the workshop.(FA476)
  • Professional Print Workshop (2 credits)taught by the Director and other expert staff at Tamarind Institute, this course addresses Tamarind history, policies, management, and the challenges of establishing and sustaining a workshop. The course includes regular readings, class presentations and discussion, and a business proposal to launch a sustainable workshop. (FA475)

Spring: Collaborative Projects

  • The Professional Printer (3 credits) provides practical collaborative experience for printer-trainees who work with visiting artists, and students from the Department of Art at The University of New Mexico.
  • History of the Graphic Arts II (3 credits) offered through the Department of Art, covers the development of the original print from Goya to the present, utilizing the University Art Museum collection.

PLEASE NOTE: Although students are required to enroll for only six/seven credit hours per semester, this is an intensive program that requires a minimum of 50-60 hours participation per week.

Printer Training Program Costs

Costs for participation in the Printer Training Program will include University of New Mexico tuition for two semesters, plus living expenses. The University extends in-state tuition and non-degree seeking rates to Tamarind students. For the first semester only, Tamarind collects a workshop fee of $2000 for expendable materials (payable directly to Tamarind by July 1). Additional drawing and printing supplies will cost students approximately $500.

International Students

Students who are not United States citizens will be required to obtain a visa. After a student is admitted to Tamarind, The University of New Mexico will initiate the paperwork needed to obtain a visa. All foreign students must prove that they have the equivalent of approximately $18,000, the amount necessary to support one person (the amount is greater if family members accompany the student) for the nine-month period of the Tamarind course. Due to the intense demands of the course, outside employment is not allowed. International students are not eligible for federal student loans, but may apply for limited financial assistance from Tamarind Institute.

Master Printer Apprentice Program

Students who have successfully completed the Printer Training Program may apply for admission to the Master Printer Apprentice Training Program, a year-long apprenticeship in Tamarind’s professional workshop. A limited number, typically one or two student printers, are selected to stay on for an additional year of training in Tamarind’s professional workshop. Apprentice printers collaborate with and print editions for visiting artists, participate in shop management, and conduct an extensive research project, under the supervision of the master printer and workshop manager. 

Apprentice printers who successfully complete a second year apprenticeship at Tamarind are certified as Tamarind Master Printers. There are no fees for the Master Printer Apprentice Program; printers are paid a minimal stipend sufficient to cover basic living expenses.

Master of Fine Arts
Students may also pursue a M.F.A. in collaborative printmaking, with a focus on lithography, offered by Tamarind in cooperation with The University of New Mexico Department of Art. Details on the M.F.A. program, including the application process, are outlined under Tamarind M.F.A. Program.

Brandon Gunn, Tamarind Master Printer

Professor of Practice/Education Director

Brandon J. Gunn joined the Tamarind staff in January 2016 as Director of Education. Gunn is originally from Orem, Utah. After receiving a Masters degree in Printmaking at Illinois State University in 2006, and the Tamarind Master Printer Certificate in 2008, he began teaching full time, in addition to producing his own artwork, printing collaboratively, and constructing leather rollers. Gunn has considerable experience as a collaborative printer and educator, and is extremely knowledgeable in traditional and modern lithography, intaglio, woodcut, and digital printing techniques. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Santa Fe Community College, Concordia University in Montreal, Brigham Young University Idaho, and Indiana University in Bloomington. He has also printed at Normal Editions Workshop, Stinger Editions, and for Indiana University’s visiting artist program. Gunn is responsible for the internationally recognized Professional Printer Training Program and the intensive Summer Workshop. He also regularly conducts external workshops and presentations, researches new materials and techniques, and consults with educational institutions, workshops and suppliers in the field. 

Printer Training Program Class of 2021-2022

Emery EspinaEmery Espina | @deckled_emery

Emery Spina is a lithographer and maker originally from Syracuse, New York, and later Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Skidmore College in 2020 with a B.S. in printmaking and digital media. After graduating, he continued to work as a research assistant in Skidmore’s print shop for a year before coming to Tamarind, where he is excited to continue honing his craft among fellow passionate lithographers. After Tamarind, he hopes to use his technical and collaborative skills to work with other artists, with a particular interest in bolstering queer and trans voices.

Maxwell RoathMaxwell Roath | @maxwellroath

Maxwell Roath is a Printmaker from Denver, CO, living and working in Albuquerque, NM. He is currently attending the Tamarind Institute and has studied at the Art Students League of New York as well as the Ryder Studio. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Drawing, Printmaking, and Ceramics and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in Drawing and Printmaking. He has exhibited work at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the Manhattan Graphics Center, and the International Print Center of New York.

Rudy TaylorRudolph Taylor | @rudolph_prints

Rudolph Taylor is a printmaker from Chicago, IL intent on spreading diversity within the printmaking community. He grew up taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to receive his BFA in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Rudolph has worked as a shop technician and collaboratively with artists, as well as spent time volunteering at Chicago’s Hoof Print. As part of Tamarind’s Printer Training Program, Rudolph hopes to develop the skills to continue working in the lithographic medium to work closely with pan-African communities and artists in order to increase the exposure of his favorite medium.

Alyssa KobzaAlyssa Kobza | @alyssakayart

Alyssa Kobza is an artist and printer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received a BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking in May 2021 and relocated to New Mexico to complete the Printer Training Program at Tamarind Institute. Kobza’s work is included in the Thomas P. Coleman print collection at the Sheldon Museum of Art. After graduating with her BFA, Kobza worked at the LUX Center for the Arts teaching painting, drawing, and printmaking. She hopes to use her technical and collaborative skills to work with artists and continue to share her passion for printmaking and lithography with her community.

Andreea Cristina MateescuAndreea Cristina Mateescu | @mateesculitho

Andreea Cristina Mateescu is a printmaker based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2017, she received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Before this, she studied fine arts at Capilano University. After graduating, she began renting a studio space at Malaspina Printmakers, where she continued to explore lithography and also educate others about the process through mentorships and workshops.

Julia Marco CampmanyJulia Marco Campmany | @_julia.marco_

Julia Marco Campmany is a printmaker born in València, Spain. She received her MA in Print from the Royal College of Art in London and her master’s degree in education and teaching from the University of Barcelona. Before that, she studied fine arts at the Politechnic University of València and the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Julia has done internships with Tamarind trained printers at Keystone Editions @keystoneeditionsberlin and Helsinki Litho @helsinkilitho . Before moving to Albuquerque, she worked as a printer in Thumbprint Editions in London and is now part of the Printer Training Program at Tamarind Institute.

Consider supporting our students

The Marjorie L. Devon Tamarind Scholarship Fund was created to honor Tamarind’s director for over thirty years. This fund directly supports students enrolled in Tamarind’s one-year Printer Training Program. Give Here

How to apply for Tamarind's Programs

Download the Printer Training Application  or Summer Workshop Application and send application and related materials to Tamarind Institute, 1 University of New Mexico, MSC04 2540, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Or, applicants may e-mail materials to tamarindeducation@unm.edu .

For students applying for the MFA Program, please note that there is a separate application to the College of Fine Arts, which will be reviewed independently of the Tamarind application. Students must apply for both the Tamarind Printer Training Program and the UNM MFA program. January 21 is deadline for Tamarind; January 15 is the deadline for UNM's College of Fine Arts.

Applications for the 2022 Summer Workshop and 2022-23 Printer Training Program MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 21, 2022

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