The creation and promotion of printmaking, which is one of the most democratic art forms is an inspirational, and stimulating, endeavor. Tandem Press, based at UW-Madison, offers an extraordinary educational experience for students, faculty, and the community, which is unparalleled at any other university in the United States. Tandem Press is an artistic laboratory where creative experimentation is undertaken by internationally recognized artists, UW-Madison students, art department faculty, staff and volunteers.
The student organization Fresh Hot Press fosters a community of printmaking artists and enthusiasts by promoting artistic interaction between faculty, students, and visiting artists at UW-Madison. The organization prints small editions and unique prints in collaboration with visiting regional, national, and international artists. Fresh Hot Press supports printmaking education and fosters a community of print artists and enthusiasts through peer critique groups, exhibitions, and attendance to printmaking focused conferences.
The Silver Buckle Press collection includes all the tools necessary to run a complete printing shop. Highlights of the collection are an 1860s Washington Hoe, an 1869 Albion handpress, and a Golding Official No. 6. There are over eighty complete fonts of wood type and one hundred twenty-five fonts of metal type as well as printer’s ornaments, borders and cuts. Silver Buckle Press also houses a collection of printing history materials including type specimen foundry catalogs.