University Print Collection

Erik Desmazieres print


Since its founding in 1999, the University of San Diego’s Print Collection has served as a primary repository for prints from the fifteenth century through the present day. Located in the Hoehn Print Study Room, the Print Collection strives to represent the history of printmaking as well as its presence in contemporary artistic practice. Long misunderstood as a secondary art form, printmaking is featured at USD as an independent artistic medium in its own right, worthy of celebration at the heart of a collection and supported by a dedicated exhibition program.

The gift of Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War in 1999 was the catalyst for the Print Collection’s formation, generously donated by Karen and Robert Hoehn. The Disasters of War were soon joined by another series of ambitious prints, Georges Rouault’s Miserere, fifty-eight prints also given to the collection by Karen and Robert Hoehn. From this auspicious start, the Print Collection has grown to almost 2,000 objects representing the history of graphic work from old master prints to contemporary editions.

The John Petersen Memorial Fund and the Burgundian Fund, both created by donations from groups of individuals, have further enabled acquisitions of old master prints. Gifts from faculty, community members and anonymous donors have greatly enhanced the collection with additions of modern and contemporary prints. An endowment established in 2013 by the Legler Benbough Foundation has provided students with an opportunity to participate in the selection of prints, an activity that continues on an annual basis. Furthermore, the Print Society—a group of donors established in 2013—raises funds to acquire works that support the mission of the Print Collection. Most recently, this group enabled several major acquisitions, including prints by Edvard Munch and Anthony van Dyck.

Looking ahead, the Print Collection aims to expand its role as a worthy reflection of the history and continued relevance of printmaking. Future acquisitions of prints in all media and time periods will help achieve this goal. 

Explore the Collection

The Print Collection is located in 102 Founders Hall where it can be viewed by appointment.  You can schedule a visit by contacting Print Curator John Murphy at or (619) 260-7657.

Click here to view a list of selected artists in USD's Print Collection.