Friday, August 6, 2010

Chronicling the Summer of Print in Chicago - 2010

What a wonderful summer it's been for printmaking in Chicago. Here's a list of 10 really great exhibitions featuring print.

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This entry observes the phenomenon of multiple exhibitions focusing on printmaking in Chicago in the spring and summer of 2010 from Woman Made Gallery, The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Anchor Graphics (at Columbia College), Fermilab Art Gallery, The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Traditional, digital, experimental and multi-media printmaking are showcased.

The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and Anchor Graphics (at Columbia College) are two printmaking organizations started in late 1980's. Both have been providing printmaking services, education, classes, dialog, and community to Chicago artists and printmakers for over 20 years. 2010 marks the celebration for these two shops with a rich variety of exhibitions in and around the Chicago-land area.

Printmaking showcased in the Chicago area this summer at
Woman Made Gallery.

Current Printmaking Exhibitions at Woman Made:

"Category: Printmaking"
Curated by Deborah Wood
July 9 - August 26, 2010
National juried exhibition

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"Her Way With Print:
Printmaking and Experimental Print Works by Six Chicago Artists"
Conceived and organized by Kim Laurel
July 9 - August 26, 2010
Group Show

Caroline Anderson
Deborah Maris Lader
Kim Laurel
Sarah Nishiura
Mary K. O'Shaughnessy
Megan Sterling

Each artist furthers her artistic investigations by combining traditional printmaking with other media. Various combined and experimental media include roller and stencil printing with painting (Caroline Anderson), traditional etching with recycled material in sculptural assemblage (Deborah Maris Lader), multiple pass monoprinting on polyester film substrates and installation (Kim Laurel), woodcut reduction printing on paper and on fabric for quilting/fiber arts (Sarah Nishiura), photographic digital manipulation combined with letterpress print (Mary K. O'Shaughnessy) and screen print with monotype (Megan Sterling).

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"In Flanders Fields"
Solo Exhibition: Fran Bull
July 9 - August 26, 2010

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The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Founded by Deborah Maris Lader in 1989

CPC List of 2010 Events:

20 Artists/20 Years of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
March 6  -  May 1, 2010
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4642 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

"CPC's 3rd Annual $20 Cash 'N Carry"
Print and Poster Sale
May 22 - June 19, 2010
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4642 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

20th Anniversary Summer Show:
"Twenty Summers and Dream Threads"
June 26  -  August 28, 2010
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4642 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall
July 24 - September 7, 2010

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Both CPC and Anchor

"Incised, Bitten and Gouged:
Anchor Graphics and the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
20 Years of Printmaking"
(Group Exhibition)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
July 30 - September 12, 2010

Opening Reception July 30, 6-9 pm
2320 West Chicago Avenue

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Survey exhibition from two of Chicago’s
acclaimed printmaking collaborative studios.

Artists from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative include:
Deborah Maris Lader, Tony Fitzpatrick, Hiroshi Ariyama, Alex Chitty, Carlos Cortez, Christine Gendre Bergere, Michael Goro, Dan Grzeca, John Himmelfarb, Elise Hughes, Carrie Iverson, Kim Laurel, Alan Lerner, Duffy O’Connor, Dennis O’Malley, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Artemio Rodriguez, Jeff Sippel, Megan Sterling, Anatole Upart, Charlie Van Gilder.

Artists from Anchor Graphics include:
Ed Paschke, Hollis Sigler, Karl Wirsum, Ian Weaver, Fred Stonehouse, Brian Sikes, Louise LeBourgeois, Teresa James, Steve Heyman, Eleanor Spiess-Feris, Steve Campbell, Andries Botha, Paola Boncinelli, Eric Avery, Roland Kulla, Nicholas Sistler, Tim Dooley & Aaron Wilson, Nicholas Conbere, Michael Barnes, Anne Muntges.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Anchor Graphics - Founded by David Jones in 1988
and became operational in 1990
Anchor's web site

List of Summer events at Anchor

Imirce in The Fish Tank
Solo exhibit May 25 - July 24, 2010
Imirce is the Gaelic word for migration. Although this variation of the word is commonly used for the movement of birds, Lloyd Patterson Jr. is using it in this instance to describe his own journey. Having moved to and from nine different locations in the last five years, Lloyd's recent prints and installations have documented his long voyage and his unsatisfied yearning for a place to call home. This installation is on View in The Fish Tank located at 623 S. Wabash on the 2nd floor next to Anchor Graphics.

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Museum of Contemporary Photography Members Printmaking Workshop
August 11, 2010
6 - 9 pm
In the tradition of John Baldessari, participants will reproduce manipulated photographic images as pronto plate lithographs. During this hands on workshop David Jones, Director and Master Printer of Anchor Graphics, will instruct participants in this process which uses polyester plates that can hold digital, Xeroxed and hand drawn imagery. Participants will make small editions of 5 prints. This workshop is only open to Museum of Contemporary Photography members. Please call or email to reserve your spot at 312-369-7779 or This event is sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Photography as part of their exhibition John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective From The Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer And His Family Foundation.

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Chicago is experiencing a print renaissance with more print shops and facilities available to artists than ever before. Here are links to just a few more resources, many with gallery space and products that will inform and please.

What would Ripley do regarding the convergence of printmaking showcased in Chicago-land this summer?

She'd record it and recommend a "must see"!