Tamarind's two-part Printer Training Program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as fine art collaborative printers. This intensive, full-time program concentrates first on strengthening and refining the students' technical skills, then on the application of those skills to collaborative projects. Prior knowledge of lithography is required. A maximum of eight students will be accepted. 

Students may also pursue a M.F.A. in collaborative printmaking, with a focus on lithography, offered by Tamarind in cooperation with The University of New Mexico Department of Art. Details on the M.F.A. program, including the application process, are outlined under Tamarind M.F.A. Program. 

The 2019-20 Printer Training Program begins August 19, 2019 and ends May 09, 2020, with a winter break mid-December to mid-January. 

Students will be required to enroll in the following courses during the fall and spring semesters:



  • Professional Printer I (3 credits) an intensive technical course that covers the theoretical and applied aspects of the medium. Taught by Tamarind’s education director, Brandon Gunn, the course includes frequent lectures and demonstrations as well as 50 hours or more per week in the workshop.(CRN 11408-FA)
  • Business Planning for the Arts (3 credits) taught by faculty in the Arts Leadership and Business department at The University of New Mexico, this course addresses best practices in building a sustainable business. Additional topics in maintaining a professional printmaking workshop will be taught by Tamarind staff and guest lecturers.


  • Professional Printer II (3 credits) provides practical collaborative experience for printer-trainees who work with visiting artists, and students from the Department of Art at The University of New Mexico.
  • History of the Graphic Arts II (3 credits) offered through the Department of Art, covers the development of the original print from Goya to the present, utilizing the University Art Museum collection.


PLEASE NOTE: Although students are required to enroll for only six/seven credit hours per semester, this is an intensive program that requires a minimum of 50-60 hours participation per week. 


Costs for participation in the Printer Training Program will include University of New Mexico tuition for two semesters, plus living expenses. For the first semester only, there is a workshop fee of $1500 for expendable materials (plus 3% credit card fee if applicable, payable directly to Tamarind by July 1). Additional drawing and printing supplies will cost approximately $450.


Students who are not United States citizens will be required to obtain a visa. After a student is admitted to Tamarind, The University of New Mexico will initiate the paperwork needed to obtain a visa. All foreign students must prove that they have the equivalent of approximately $18,000, the amount necessary to support one person (the amount is greater if family members accompany the student) for the nine-month period of the Tamarind course. Due to the intense demands of the course, outside employment is not allowed. International students are not eligible for federal student loans, but may apply for limited financial assistance from Tamarind Institute.


Students who have successfully completed the Printer Training Program may apply for admission to the Master Printer Apprentice Training Program, a year-long apprenticeship in Tamarind's professional workshop. A limited number, typically one or two student printers, are selected to stay on for an additional year of training in Tamarind's professional workshop. Apprentice printers collaborate with and print editions for visiting artists, participate in shop management, and conduct an extensive research project, under the supervision of the master printer and workshop manager. 

Apprentice printers who successfully complete a second year apprenticeship at Tamarind are certified as Tamarind Master Printers. There are no fees for the Master Printer Apprentice Program; printers are paid a minimal stipend sufficient to cover basic living expenses.


Brandon Gunn joined the Tamarind staff in January 2016 as the interim Director of Education. Following a national search, Gunn was selected for the position at Tamarind, where he oversees the internationally recognized Professional Printer Training Program and the intensive Summer Workshop. Gunn completed the Senior Printer Fellow training at Tamarind, receiving his Tamarind Master Printer certificate in 2008. He has considerable experience as a collaborative printer and educator, and is extremely knowledgeable of lithography, the full range of printmaking techniques, and digital technology. During the past three years at Tamarind he has demonstrated his teaching abilities in training 24 printers in the year-long training program, and providing instruction for another 24 students in the summer program. 


DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION and send application and related materials to Tamarind Institute, 2500 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque NM 87106. Or, applicants may e-mail materials to 

Along with the completed application, applicants must submit the following:

  1. A letter in which you describe your professional goals/objectives and your reasons for wanting to participate in the Tamarind Professional Training Program

  2. A complete personal résumé (can include an artist resume)

  3. Transcripts from up to three art schools, colleges, and/or universities you have attended most recently (these may be sent directly to Tamarind from the institution)

  4. Three letters of reference from professionals who are familiar with your work (these may be emailed directly from your references to

  5. A digital portfolio of 10 – 20 images of either your own art, or lithographs you have printed for another artist, that demonstrate the range of your experience in lithography (mail a thumb-drive, or include a link to your images online, ex: Cloud, Dropbox, etc.). Images should be in a Power Point presentation, with caption information on each slide, including the following details: Artist, Title, Year, Paper/Image size, Edition size, Notation of plate(s) or stone(s), and Press type (offset or direct).

Note: Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please contact Tamarind if you have not received an email confirmation, stating that your application is complete. 

For students applying only for the one-year Tamarind Printer Training Program, please review the application requirements and submit your materials directly to Tamarind. DO NOT apply for admission to The University of New Mexico when you apply to Tamarind; application and enrollment will be done after acceptance to Tamarind.

For students applying for the MFA Program, please note that there is a separate application to the College of Fine Arts, which will be reviewed independently of the Tamarind application. Students must apply for both the Tamarind Printer Training Program and the UNM MFA program. January 15 is deadline for both programs.