Printing – Oehme Graphics – Meet the Printer

In the short span of time since it’s inception, Oehme Graphics has quickly established  itself as one of the country’s premier fine printmaking publishers, specializing in all forms of intaglio, encaustic and monotype processes. Each year the OG Studio hosts artist projects, residencies, internships, and workshops, headed up by Master Printer Susan Hover Oehme, who also travels to teach and exhibit around the country.

Master Printer Susan Hover Oehme pulls a Jason Rohlf print

Master Printer Susan Hover Oehme pulls a Jason Rohlf print

Sue and Diane Cionni contemplate the next step on a monotype

Sue and Diane Cionni contemplate the next step on a monotype

Sue has been a life long artist. During her high school years, she painted, danced ballet, and nearly majored in classical piano. However, art was the natural fit, and she double-majored in printmaking and painting at University of Michigan before winning a “Best in Show” Michigan Foundation Grant for a 10-ft long lithograph. With the grant money Sue bought her first printing press and moved across the country to New York City. In NYC Sue began working to become a master printer at her first print studio, Susan Hover Editions, and at some of the nation’s top print studios, including Tyler Graphics, where, under the mentorship of the legendary Kenneth Tyler, Sue printed for Frank Stella, Joan Mitchell, John Newman, Masami Teraoka and Helen Frankenthaler, among others.

Sue printing Jason Karolak’s fifth plate, the steel-faced etching plate

Sue printing Jason Karolak’s fifth plate, the steel-faced etching plate

Busy in the studio during Elizabeth Gilfilen’s residency

Busy in the studio during Elizabeth Gilfilen’s residency

In 1996 Sue moved to Steamboat Springs, CO when she accepted the title of Director/Vice President of Riverhouse Editions where she first worked with artists such as Katherine Bowling, Melissa Meyer, Louise Fishman, Richard Bosman, John Walker, and Fred Tomaselli. In 2010 she founded Oehme Graphics. The studio is located in an 1800 square foot workshop that has full etching capabilities, including photo/solar-etching processes, steel-facing, and an artist studio. Above the main workshop is a 700 square foot gallery space and an elegantly appointed artist apartment.

Master Printer Susan Oehme admires a print during a workshop with Steamboat Springs Arts Council members

Master Printer Susan Oehme admires a print during a workshop with Steamboat Springs Arts Council members

Sue mixes colors for Jason Karolak’s carborundum and step-etched aquatint etching

Sue mixes colors for Jason Karolak’s carborundum and step-etched aquatint etching

View prints by the Oehme Graphics here.

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