A pioneer in 20th century printmaking, Glen Alps was the professor and creator of the Printmaking Department at UW. Alps coined the term “collagraph” for his prints in the 1960s. The process was much more involved then traditional printmaking methods such as engraving, serigraph, or etching.
Collagraphs are a low-tech, low toxic, and accessible printmaking process. The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue, and graph, meaning the activity of drawing. The resulting print is called a collagraph.