The printmaking area at the UW-Madison Art Department is consistently ranked no. 1 in the United States. One of its many successes was the foundation of Tandem Press in 1987. Tandem Press is renowned for its large-scale prints by international artists including Robert Cottingham, Jim Dine, and Judy Pfaff.

Tandem Press editions are in numerous public and private collections throughout the US and abroad including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chazen Museum of Art.

In the first ever summer workshop, with Tandem Press and the UW-Madison Printmaking area, participants will work with the Tandem Press master printers, Art Department faculty, and fellow participants by collaborating on a 4 x 8 foot exquisite corpse image. Utilizing oversized print facilities located at both Tandem Press and the Art Department studios, 9 woodblock and 9 screen print artists will create a collaborative image during the course of this workshop. Screen printing will take place at the UW Art Department facilities while relief printing will take place at Tandem Press.

In addition to creating a collaborative oversize print, all 18 participants will learn about professional printmaking standards including a “behind the scenes view” of Tandem Press. This will include discussion on Tandem’s 30-year history and the inner workings of the press including the marketing, sales, and promotion of the artworks.

The workshop will be led by Jason Ruhl, Tandem Press studio manager and master printer, and John Hitchcock, UW-Madison Dean of the Arts and Professor of printmaking.

Additional staff will include master printers Joe Freye and Bruce Crownover. Discussions of the history, the development, and the inner workings of Tandem Press will be led by Tandem Press Director Paula Panczenko as well as curators Sona Pastel-Daneshgar and Myszka Lewis.

Successful completion of the workshop will earn participants a Tandem Press Print Workshop certificate.

Fee – $1,000 (covers materials, transportation between Tandem Press and the Art Department, daily lunches, and opening and closing workshop receptions). Housing is not included.

For housing on campus, please contact:

Short Course Residence Halls (Humphrey Hall and Jorns Hall) – 608.262.2270

The Lowell Center – 608.256.2621

Wisconsin Union Hotel, Union South – 608.263.2600

The Fluno Center for Executive Education – 608.441.7117


Click here to register for the Go Big! Oversize Print Workshop 

Questions? Contact UW-Madison Art Department faculty member Emily Arthur at