Graphicstudio is a university-based atelier engaged in a unique experiment in art and education, committed to research and the application of traditional and new techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculpture multiples. Graphicstudio with the Contemporary Art Museum and the Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida.
Distinguished Professor, Donald J. Saff founded Graphicstudio in 1968 at the University of South Florida (USF). Through the years, Graphicstudio has received wide popular and critical acclaim. In 1990, an archive of Graphicstudio’s publications was established at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The National Gallery presented a comprehensive exhibition with an accompanying catalogue organized by Ruth Fine. Leading museums and collectors including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota have acquired Graphicstudio’s editions.
From its inception, the program has served a variety of constituencies. Students and faculty have derived important educational and professional benefits from contacts with visiting artists. The Subscription Program supports the research and educational programs and allows participants to collect significant art.
Ongoing research by Graphicstudio’s printers and artisans has been remarkably productive and many new processes and treatments of traditional methods have been developed under the guidance of Deli Sacilotto, Director of Research. For example a means of printing encaustic waxes, called ‘waxtype’ was developed for Roy Lichtenstein. The woodcut process, unchanged since the 9th century, has been transformed by using photographically generated stencils thus allowing for extremely fine detail. Artists Jim Dine, Sandro Chia and Philip Pearlstein have used this ‘heliorelief’ process with exceptional results. Sacilotto’s expertise expanded the 19th century photogravure process to allow for the hand printing of unusually large images as well as four-color separations. Robert Mapplethorpe, Chuck Close, Ed Ruscha, Vik Muniz and others have used the photogravure process to advance new concepts and approaches to their work.
Research and collaborations are not limited to works on paper. From Graphicstudio’s earliest days, the production of sculpture editions has been an important part of its mission. Robert Rauschenberg’s mixed media editions produced for his R.O.C.I. project (Rauschenberg’s Overseas Cultural Interchange); caste bronze sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein and Louise Bourgeois; wood constructions by Los Carpinteros; poured basalt forms by Keith Edmier; cast resin works by Roxy Paine; and a digital LED edition by Jim Campbell are among the innovative sculpture editions produced over the years.
A philosophy that provides an artist with the freedom to experiment and pursue new directions matched with an exceptionally talented faculty and staff have attracted world-renowned contemporary artists to the USF campus. These collaborative projects have produced unique editions at the forefront of contemporary art.
The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs.
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USFCAM and Graphicstudio are Closed all University and State of Florida holidays and occasionally between exhibitions.
USF Institute for Research in Art has published Cyanotypes, a book designed to document and contextualize a series of images produced by visual artist, performer and composer Christian Marclay in collaboration with the University of South Florida’s research atelier, Graphicstudio. This book along with other publications can be purchased at CAM's Museum Store. Also please visit Graphicstudio’s Christian Marclay page.
USF Institute for Research in Art has published an artist's catalog in conjunction with the CAM exhibition Alex Katz. This catalog along with other publications can be purchased at CAM's Museum Store. Also please visit Graphicstudio’s Alex Katz page.
USF Institute for Research in Art has published an extensive catalog on the Cuban collaborative of artists known as Los Carpinteros. They have produced work at Graphicstudio, and had an exhibition, Los Carpinteros: Inventing the World, at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in 2005. This catalog along with other publications can be purchased at CAM's Museum Store.
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The electronic images available on this site are subject to copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The images are made available to the general public as a representation of work produced at USF Graphicstudio. Copy or redistribution in any manner for commercial use is not permitted. Anyone wishing to use any of these images for commercial use, publication, or for any purpose other than personal fair use must first request and receive prior written permission from the University of South Florida Institute for Research in Art. Please contact Director of Marketing and Sales Kristin Soderqvist at 813.974.5871 for more information.
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