Graphic art

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.

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Portfolio Café is structured around one-on-one meetings that take place between local and international fine arts and design professionals and graduate students. Each meeting takes place about 50 minutes. During Portfolio Café sessions students introduce themselves and their work, and experts share their observations, provide recommendations ask, questions etc. After the first scheduled ...

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 ...

Grammar of Imprint – Film screening

Resemblance Through Contact. Grammar of Imprint Film Program Sunday, 26th of July at 3 pm At Tartu Elektriteater University of Tartu Church, Jakobi St 1, Tartu Free entrance Films: – Ari Pelkonen. Remain. 2014. 6’09” – Maria Valkeavuolle. S E O M / I W N M. 2019. 11’ – Claire Hannicq. L’Étoile dans la caverne. 2017. 16’27” – Augustas Serapinas. Jõusaal (Gym). 2012. 6’29” – Ann Pajuväli. Play ...

Resemblance Through Contact. Grammar of Imprint

Resemblance Through Contact. Grammar of Imprint International exhibition Tartu Art House 03.07.–26.07.2020 EKA Gallery 28.08.–30.09.2020 The opening reception of the exhibition Resemblance Through Contact. Grammar of Imprint will take place at the Tartu Art House on Friday, 3 July at 5 pm.  The exhibition focuses on printmaking as a process that is ...

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