Meet the Chairs

Note: Nance O'Banion is on sabbatical for the 2014-15 academic term.

Today Michelle Murillo and Thomas Wojak cochair the Printmaking Program.

Former Printmaking chairs have included such luminaries as printmaker/painter Charles Gill (1960s–1998) and writer / book artist Betsy Davids (1998–2001).

Other notable faculty members who have shared this responsibility include Jack Ford and Ken Rignall.

Michelle Murillo

This is Michelle Murillo’s second year as cochair of the Printmaking Program. She joined the fine arts faculty in 2011 and is honored to lead the program in partnership with interim cochair Thomas Wojak.

The Power of Print

Transformation and exploration have always been central to the traditions and field of printmaking. The print is a vehicle for expression and can be a tool for the dissemination of information, even a catalyst for social change.

Today the traditions of printmaking coalesce with innovative cross-disciplinary media in contemporary dialog. 

Multiplicity

In our program, students learn a wide range of print media within the context of historical and contemporary perspectives. We build a foundation in the traditions of printmaking through exploration in intaglio, lithography, relief, monotype, screen print, and book arts.

Students also have the opportunity to expand on those rich traditions with photo, digital, and hybrid printmaking. We offer innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to print, such as collaborations with the Glass and Illustration Programs.

We encourage thinking about printmaking and its multiple forms. Prints can leap off the wall, turn into objects, sculptures, and transform into immersive environments and installations.

Extraordinary Community

I welcome you to join our vibrant community. As a printmaking major, you work alongside an exceptional faculty that is immersed in the local, national, and global printmaking arenas.

Outside of the studio, you will engage with premier Bay Area print institutions, professional presses, print collections, galleries, museums, artists, and art world practitioners.

We welcome you to find your creative voice and launch your professional practice in printmaking with us.

Thomas Wojak

I bring a wealth of experience to my duties at CCA as cochair and long-time senior adjunct professor in printmaking. I have taught in the Printmaking  Program and the Graduate Program in Fine Art since 1993. 

I also serve as the Printmaking Program expert and work closely with the advising department and review undergraduate and graduate applications to the college.

Welcoming Learning Environment

Our department has a long history of being a very inclusive and supportive program within the college. Regardless of your major, you are welcome to pursue your varied art-making endeavors in the print shop studios, whether it be in traditional methods of intaglio, lithography, relief, screen printing, monotype, the book arts, or new digital and hybrid technologies.

Your pursuits are served by a vibrant array of instructors who are art makers and art thinkers. 

Faculty Expertise

All of your instructors bring a wide variety of printmaking expertise to the program as well as have long-standing careers in their particular medium.

I’ve been a master printer and exhibiting artist for over 42 years, having founded my screen printing studio, The W.O.R.K.S, in 1972 in San Francisco, which continues today in the historic downtown district of Vallejo.

The studio specializes in limited-edition work for local, national, and international artists and works extensively with the Bay Area design community. I bring these many years of working closely with other artists and designers to bear in my classroom and studio-teaching endeavors.

Special Exhibition Opportunities

Opportunities to show your work on campus as well as local and international venues are available through programs such as the Hamaguchi Scholarship, the Kala Art Institute residency, and the Osaka, Japan, exchange shows.

Location, Location, Location

The San Francisco Bay Area is a mecca for printmakers and book artists. Resources such as the Achenbach Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum house the largest collection of works on paper on the West Coast.

Editioning studios and publishers such as

  • Crown Point Press
  • Magnolia Editions
  • Kala Art Institute
  • Trillium Graphics
  • Mission Graphica
  • Arion Press
  • The Center for the Book

... and others too numerous to name, give students access to the ever-expanding world of print in its varied and hybrid manifestations.

We encourage our students to take full advantage of these venues and to begin to form professional connections for their future creative life.