Mint: An ArtCenter Print Series

Support our Fine Art and Graduate Art students.

Be among Mint’s inaugural patrons. Support Fine Art or Grad Art scholarships and receive a signed limited edition print.

A new annual print project from ArtCenter’s Fine Art and Graduate Art departments, Mint features original works created and donated by outstanding alumni and faculty. Proceeds from donations support current students—themselves burgeoning artists—and helps fuel the thriving Los Angeles art scene.

In gratitude for gifts of $1,000 towards scholarship funds for either the undergraduate Fine Art or Graduate Art departments, patrons receive a limited edition print carefully selected by program co-chairs Tom Knechtel and Diana Thater and created in collaboration with master printer Tony Zepeda.

The Prints

For our inaugural series, two artists from the ArtCenter community—Alex Kroll and Lita Albuquerque—have created original prints in collaboration with master printer Tony Zepeda.

To support students and receive a print, donate now at

We anticipate high demand for these limited signed editions. In addition, all participants in this year’s program will receive first consideration to renew their support in 2018 and secure print offerings by alumni Yunhee Min (BFA 91) and Sterling Ruby (MFA 05). We will contact inaugural patrons by mail or by email as soon as the opportunity arises.

For our local patrons, we will be happy to make special arrangements for pickup or mailing. (There is an additional cost of $50 for mailing the prints within the continental U.S.)

Tax Deductibility

Up to $500 of your $1,000 gift towards scholarship may be tax deductible or $1,000 of your $2,000 gift towards scholarship may be tax deductible. If you choose to decline receipt of your print(s), then your gift to scholarship would be 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

The amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of the contribution by the donor over the value of the goods or services provided by ArtCenter College of Design. We recommend confirming any deductions with your financial, tax or legal advisors.

For more information contact Audrey Pettyjohn at 626 396-2496 or

Alex Kroll
Dust in the Blood, 2017

White ground aquatint and chine-collé with
Gampi paper on white Pescia archival paper
29¾ x 22¼ in. (image: 21¾ x 17¾ in.)
Edition of 20

In support of undergraduate Fine Art scholarships

"The American poet Robert Lowell referred to his own depression and mental illness as having “dust in the blood.” While this work does not deal with psychopathology, it does speak to the relationship between image making (or creativity in general) and the messy and confusing condition of living in a human body. The conscious mind is always both linked and unlinked to the physical self. This print, like all of my work, seeks to record experience by allowing physicality and a richly intuitive engagement with materials to offer an invitation to participate and unfold, open up, expose, and in so doing to generate and explore pleasure, vulnerability and transformation."

Lita Albuquerque
Toward the Great Attractor, 2017

Silkscreen and lithography on
white Pescia archival paper
22¼ x 29¾ in. (image: 17¼ x 23¾ in.)
Edition of 20

In support of Graduate Art scholarships

"My work is about the present moment. Not just what we experience as time and space on Planet Earth, but looked at from the outer reaches of all known universes. This image represents the newly discovered cluster of galaxies named Laniakea or “Immeasurable Heaven.” It represents a new way of thinking about and visualizing our position in the universe. It also looks like electrical pathways found in the human body. The information is inside all of us and can be read like notes for the piano."

Tom Knechtel

Knechtel received his MFA and BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and began teaching art history in 1981.

Diana Thater

An exhibiting artist since 1992, Thater has received international acclaim for her ground-breaking film, video and installation-based works.

Tony Zepeda

A master printer with Gemini G.E.L., Tony Zepeda has worked for Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein...

These prints benefit all of us; the departments publish stellar works celebrating their faculty and alumni, the students reap the benefits of the scholarship money raised, the benefactors receive stunning original works by amazing artists like Lita and Alex, and the artists themselves have the opportunity to work with Master Printmaker Tony Zepeda.

Diana ThaterCore Faculty, Graduate Art