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Links from the American Print Alliance

Here are links to some sites that we think are particularly helpful for printmakers and book artists. Note: we include here only sites that provide much more than information about their own organization. If you would like your site to be considered, and you are a subscriber to our journal Contemporary Impressions, please write to

Identifying printmaking techniques:

The best website for how to identify the various printmaking techniques, with excellent close-ups (called Image Maps) and a glossary, is the Print Room at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The National Gallery of Australia has posted the extensive glossary from Kenneth E. Tyler, Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonné 1974-1985 (Walker Arts Center and Abbeville Press, New York 1987).

Animations demonstrating the basic printmaking techniques can be found at the website of the Museum of Modern Art (requires Flash 5 or higher). There's also a glossary and a reading list (be sure to scroll down).

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has an Electronic Media Group with an excellent section specifically on identifying digital prints.

There's also a very good overview of printing, both for fine art and reproductions, part of an on-line exhibition on illustration, at the New York Public Library.

For book binding and book conservation terms, use the excellent online Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology by Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington.

Conservation/Preservation of Artworks on Paper:

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is an excellent reference source.

The basic site for information on inkjet and photographic color permanence is Wilhelm Imaging Research. There's information for various printers and inks and test data on the light-fastness of inkjet prints based on particular combinations of ink sets and papers.

Health Hazards:

An excellent bibliography for health hazards in printmaking and other arts can be found at the Rochester Institute of Technology's library web site.

Other websites with a mix of information on environment, health and safety that may be useful for printmakers:
Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
North American Art Materials Trade Association
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
True Art Information
University of Chicago Health in the Arts Program


Museum and library collections with study rooms that are open to the public and/or to artists and scholars conducting research are found in our list of Print Study Rooms.

The International Council of Museums, a non-governmental organization linked to UNESCO, has a list of all museums arranged by country. From the country’s page, you can click on “by type” and then “art museums” to focus your search.

University Art Departments:

The University Art Department Directory

Printmaking Workshops:

The most extensive list of U.S. and Canadian open workshops (without having to be enrolled at a college or university) for printmaking, papermaking and book arts is now available here on the American Print Alliance website. Go to our Library section and select Workshops or click here.

Additional Links:

Extensive lists of links to sites about printmaking techniques, supplies, etc. are available from the printmaking department at Middle Tennessee State University. There’s also information to sort through at World Printmakers.

Related media:

Book Arts Web



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