UAH Department of Arts, Art History and Design welcomes Distinguished Speaker Judith Baumann

Judith Baumann
Judith Baumann

Nationally recognized artist, Judith Baumann will be the guest speaker for The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) Distinguished Speaker Series, April 13-14.

Baumann's UAH event entitled "Printed Matter: Lithography and Letterpress Ephemera," will be presented from noon to 1 p.m., in the Union Grove Gallery. On Friday, April 14, she will conduct "Lithography and Letterpress Open Studio," from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., in Wilson Hall (Letterpress Studio room WH 310) and (Printshop room WH 355). The event is sponsored by the UAH Distinguished Speaker Series, Office of the Provost, and the Faculty Senate Finances and Resources Committee.

Baumann will speak about her creative research in printing contemporary fine art editions using the techniques of lithography and letterpress. Her work is deeply rooted within issues of classism, capitalism, feminism, and popular culture at its relationship to the history of print. A pop-up exhibition of printed ephemora will be on view during the lecture. The UAH community is invited to drop by the studios to see the lithography and letterpress printing processes. In the letterpress studio, art students will be printing from woodtype on an 1892 Chandler and Price Press. In the printshop, Judith Baumann will be demonstrating the lithography process.

Judith Baumann ( is an instructor in Foundations in the School of Art at Northern Arizona University, and proprietor of Renegade Cascade Editions. From 2005 to 2014 Baumann managed a large printshop and taught printmaking, drawing, painting and 2D Design at Evergreen State College as well as South Puget Sound Community College.

She has taught multiple letterpress workshops at Pope Press Olympia and The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon. Under the imprint Renegade Cascade Editions, she creates unique print media editions of her own work and fine art print collaborations. She specializes in lithography, letterpress and digital integration in print.

In 2015, Baumann completed Tamarind Institute’s prestigious Professional Printer Training Program. She has participated in workshops at Tamarind Institute, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, and The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. She apprenticed under Master Printer Mark Mahaffey of Mahaffey Fine Art in Portland, Oregon.

Baumann is the 2005 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship Award in Printmaking. Her work has been shown nationally in Richmond, VA, Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; New York City, and Knoxville, TN. She also fixes, restores and calibrates printing presses. Baumann has worked on a variety of platen, proof and Vandercook presses.

Baumann received her MFA in Print Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from Alfred University NYSCC School of Art + Design.

Lithography is a 17th century process that uses limestone and a method of printing that is based on the immiscibility of oil and water. Letterpress, developed in the mid 15th century, is a process that uses movable type composed in the bed of a printing press. Printed copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets of paper.

For more information about Baumann's visit to UAH, please contact Katie Baldwin,


Katie Baldwin

Joyce Anderson-Maples