Graphic art

Print studio. Photo: Liina Siib


The Department of Graphic Art deals with graphic arts on a broad scale from classical printmaking techniques and contemporary digital technologies to visual communication and contextual approach – from art books to artistic research.

The Department of Graphic Art at EKA is the only academic department in Estonia where graphic art is taught at a degree level. What makes the speciality unique is the print workshop for practising classical printmaking techniques in contemporary art. The print workshop is managed by master printers Aarne Mesikäpp, Maria Erikson and Britta Benno, all of whom are artists and professionals in graphic art.

The concept of “graphics” has several meanings: tight connections to the development of information technologies, reproduction, distribution, copy culture, visual storytelling, information and data visualisation, topics of art books, graphic narrative, and illustration. The range of interests encompasses everything relevant to contemporary visual art and culture from field work and archival materials to contemporary concepts in visual art and society. Graphic art is like a bridge between image and text.

Exhibition “Things and Unthings”, Haapsalu City Gallery, 3rd year BA students,  2021. Photo: Liina Siib



Selected student works

Liisa Tammert “Secret Weapon” 2020


Liis-Marleen Verilaskja “Cielle” 2019. Photo: Diana Tamane


Maria-Izabella Lehtsaar “The Devil Is In thr Details (Letters to Myself”)2020. Photo: Diana Tamane


“Expedited Procedure”, EKA Gallery 2020. Photo: Paul Klooren


“This is not a labyrinth”, EKA Gallery 2020. Photo: Liina Siib


Ella-Mai Matsina “Vunts” 2020

Collaboration with TYPA Printing and Paper Art Centre

Summer studies at TYPA, 2019. Photos: Liina Siib

News and events


Exhibition “Kakuke frying onions aka the kitchen side of graphic art”

“Kakuke frying onions aka the kitchen side of graphic art” is an exhibition about food, imprints, collaboration and yellow paint. On the menu: The appetizer  à laserigraphy The main course  typesetting and paper from TYPA And for dessert, lithography. The process stems from Catherine Brooks’ text “Three Ways To Use Yellow”. The workshop is transformed into a kitchen, with pigments, spices, ...

Exhibition “Filling The Void”

Filling The Void 10. – 29.05.2021 Estonian National Library 6th floor gallery An exhibition by 3rd year students of the Graphic Art Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts Participating artists: Pille Alasi, Daana-Loreen Kägra, Frida Ritz, Adam, Elis Raud, Liisa Tammert, Liis Tedre Supervisor: Kadri Toom The theme of the exhibition “Filling the Void” derives from the potential of empty ...

Photos: “Kiirmenetlus” at EKA Billboard gallery

Photos: Paul Klooren EKA Graphics department exhibition “Kiirmenetlus” Artists: Nora Pelšs, Katariina Kivi, Erik Vorna, Reigo Nahksepp, Ariel Genrihov, Inga Salurand, Pavel Dodatko, Merilyn Lempu, Ella-Mai Matsina, Iti Lona Oja, Sven-Aleksander Mantsik, Caroline Pajusaar, Eleri Porroson, Riina Reiners ja Elis Raud Designer: Liis-Marleen Verilaskja Supervisors: Mark Antonius ...

“Fast Procedure”, exhibition by EKA Graphic Art Department

EKA outdoor gallery “Fast Procedure” EKA Graphic Art Department Cartoons are created in linocut and risograph printing during the courses. The comics in the exhibition are composed of works completed within the framework of courses Relief Print Comics (lecturer Mark Antonius Puhkan) and Visual Narrative (lecturer Ann Pajuväli). In the subject of relief printed comics, the historical roots of ...
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Graphic Arts’ students artist’s book exhibition at EKA Library

Starting from 04.11.20 EKA library opens the Department of Graphic Arts exhibition “Books of the Senses”. The topic “Books of the Senses” was developed by the students in a brainstorming process: they wanted to relate to people’s senses or states of mind so that the form of the book would support the content. The second work should have used classical printmaking techniques, but the ...

opening of part 2 of the 17th Tallinn Print Triennial youth exhibition

Since 1998, the Tallinn Print Triennial has been accompanied by young artists’ exhibitions. Spheres is the youth exhibition of the 17th Tallinn Print Triennial. Its aim is to study the contemporary human condition through the conceptual metaphor of a sphere. Philosopher and cultural theorist Peter Sloterdijk claims that spheres are hybrid and symbolic realities created by humans from whatever ...
Expert committee: the Estonian Academy of Arts and its activities have visibility both in Estonia and internationally

Expert committee: the Estonian Academy of Arts and its activities have visibility both in Estonia and internationally

The Quality Assessment Council of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA) has given institutional accreditation to the Estonian Academy of Arts for the maximum period of seven years. The international committee that carried out the assessment highlighted EAA’s thorough and participatory development activities and cooperation both within Estonia and ...

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